Re: Non mag Elk gun?
OK neck problems. Light recoil. Maximum 300-400 yds. First choice is a 7mm 08. Wide range of bullets with VERY light recoil. 160-168 grain bullets will do a great job. A friend has one. He uses 140 gr bullets and has been very impressed with how well it kills deer. I shot it spotlighting for jackrabbits. recoil seemed almost non-existant....
Next choice is probably a .308. Great versatility. Will do everything he needs it to. Easy to find ammo.
3rd choice is a 6.5 of some sort. 6.5X47, .260, 6.5X284... I have a 6.5X06. Light recoil and great accuracy. Load w/ a 130-140 grain bullet. Works very well. In my mind the 7mm 08 is the best of the best for a situation like this. Bruce