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New rifle for colorado elk 2013

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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:19 PM
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Location: Roxborough Park, CO
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

Where in Colorado are you going hunting, there are wooded areas where you stalk (short yardage 200-300), there plateaus where you glass opposite hills longer yardage(300-600) Shorter yardage 308 is great, 270, 30-06 work great as well., Longer yardage 300 to 600 7mm 300 any of the rums 30-06 to 500 reliably. I use a 7mm with 150 grain ttsx at 3000fps fairly flat shooting out to 500 little more drop out to 600. I prefer BDC scopes. For 600 to 1000 338 edge with 300gr bergers
338 edge, When you feel the need to get less than 80 rounds per pound of powder
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Unread 06-15-2013, 08:22 AM
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Re: New rifle for colorado elk 2013

One could argue Caliber size and ethnic shots all day. What it all boils down too is the shooter doing his part & a decent bullet that will put the animal down quickly. I myself have near 30 Elk kills. Throughout these kills I have used .270 win, 7stw, 7mm rem, 300 rum. I will say that my longest shots & cleanest kills have come from my 7mm rem shooting jlk 180 bullets & Berger 180's. The Rum obviously has more energy but I had some bad experiences with shooting lighter bullets "180" @ 3400+ fps. This would probably work better shooting a 210 or larger in the 3,000 fps range. My 270 killed many Elk with a 130 factory load when I was younger & didn't reload. This was a bit light for an Elk with Factory ammo. The 7 stw 160 Barnes was a 1 shot killer. The 7mm has been the most accurate & consistent of the bunch. I have 2 kills over 900 yds with the 7 and clean kills. I have a buddy who killed a 337" bull @ 1115 yds shooting a 6x284 with a Berger 105 vld. It all boils down too a good bullet and the shooter doing his part regardless of size of caliber. I have seen hunters blow the legs off animals from 100 yes with 300 wins and have an all day goose chase.... My .02
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