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New rifle for colorado elk 2013

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Unread 04-03-2013, 11:33 AM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

How much does a basic reload kit cost in order to make .308 ammo?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 12:30 PM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

Click on this Cabelas link and this is all you'll need in one package to get you started other than .308 dies, shell holder for the press, a decent set of calipers, and possibly a powder trickler that I find real handy when using my 505 scale. There is a $5 shipping deal right now that may apply and there is definitely the $50 rebate on the sale. I'd say for around $400 you should be off and running.

Cabela's: RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit
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Unread 04-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

I appreciate the info.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

For simply getting into the reloading game, I'd look at the basic Lee reloading kits. When I first started, like you I was a little hesitant at the cost and complexity, so I started up at about 250-300$ for everything I needed including the powder and +1 on what the others are saying, Give it a few months and I'm sure your 308 will be back on the shelves.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:06 AM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

what 308 do you have ? do you want a heavy longrange rifle like a sendero or a light one like a tikka? get a rifle and a reloading press. rcbs puts a out a free basic reloading guide.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 07:37 AM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

Originally Posted by Canvsbk View Post
There's plenty of excellent rifle choices out there and any excuse to buy a new one works for me. I certainly wouldn't base a decision on current ammo availability, perhaps a reloading setup would be in order instead of a new rifle????
I personally feel that this is his best alternative,.. use your $$ that you were thinking of using for a rifle and "invest" it into reloading gear for what calibers you already own.

Build your own ammo and you'll never have to worry about it being scarce or too expensive.

Every time these jack-wagons in Washington get a hair in their ass about gun restrictions the same story happens,.. ammo is scarce and everything it takes to make it on your own.

Once this round comes back down to reality you can stock up on things you'll need to manufacture your own ammo and get some extra supplies for the next time it happens,.. there always seems to be a "next time",.. Unfortunatly,..
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Unread 04-07-2013, 06:58 PM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

I will agree with what everyone has said about the benefit of handloading. However if you are really looking for a good caliber specifically for elk I would encourage you to move up from the 308 win, especially if you have the ability to take shots over 400 yards.
I shot my first bull (a heavy bodied 6x6) with a 308 at 80 yards, I had to put 3 shots in him and two were right behind the shoulder. he ran 100 yards before going down, I was lucky to get multiple shots, who knows how far he would have made it otherwise. In thick timber anything less than an instant kill can be a disaster.
My girlfriend shot a bull last year at 90 yards with a 308 and that was the end of that caliber for us! the bullet hit right in the rear portion of the shoulder and only penetrated about 8 inches, stopping against the lung. luckily the broken shoulder slowed him down enough for us to track him a quarter mile and make a kill shot.
My point is that when a shot is not perfect with a 308 you will risk losing an elk.
I have seen a 300 win mag blow through an elks shoulder bone and lodge in the opposite shoulder at 150 yards, that kind of penetration is what I would consider when selecting an elk caliber.
If you don't mind a little more recoil do yourself and the elk a favor; go with a 7mm, 300 mag, or 338.
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