Re: Shot placement on elk!
Topgun 30-06, I hope you accept my apologizes for post #30, I must be my time of the month or something, I should not be posting this time of year as I think I let some stress from work out on you. Again I would ask your forgiveness for that post!!
On the subject of 500yrds with a 30-06 we are likely getting tweeked for the same kind of thing just on opposite sides of the spectrum. I take a lot of guys out for their first elk or their last elk, many shots and elk have been taken in the 450-550 range with a 30-06 or similar cartridge, in every case it has done a fine job.
It really bums me out when a guy just want to go elk hunting but everyone piles on that you have to have all this special stuff, and you can't kill an elk if you don't shoot this at that. I love to take those guys out and help them get it done with what they have, after they shoot some they usually learn the direction they need to go for themselves and their area. Another thing that bums me hard is when some old guy just wants to shoot one last elk but guys turn them down cause their not as hardcore as they are, I'll work my butt of to make sure that guy kills an elk with his old gun, they always want to kill that last one with their old rifle.
Just a quick look at Hornady factory ammo will show that there is factory ammo that will meet your specs for a 500yrd elk with a 30-06.
Take a 30-06 loaded with a 180 Interbond clocking 2750ish at normal elk hunting elevation here which is 6000ft min and your around 2000 fps with 1600ish ft lbs of energy at 500yrds, if I punched it in right. Now by the numbers it's well within GTG and by my experience of doing it multiple times I feel fairly good with it.
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