Elk Hunting for a new hunter

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by sand909, May 22, 2013.

  1. sand909

    sand909 New Member

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    I am taking my daughter for her first elk hunt this year. The dilemma I have is this: she is a small structured woman and the calibers I currently have is a 300 win mag, 338 win mag and a 240 weatherby. I know she will not be able to handle the recoil of the 300 or the 338. I don't want her to become recoil shy or turn her off completely to shooting. She has shot the 240 weatherby and likes it very much, however, the recoil is close to the maximum she is comfortable with. My question is this: will the 240 weatherby be enough gun to take an elk out to 400 yards? If not, then what caliber would be a good choice for her with enough knock down power at 400 yards and still have mild recoil? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. gillettehunter

    gillettehunter Well-Known Member

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    The .240 will kill an elk,however; it is not a great choice. Elk are large animals with lots of vitality. I would suggest a .26 caliber minimum. My first choice is a 7mm 08. Lots of great bullets with light recoil. Most of the 6.5's have light recoil and will do the job well. The good old .308 is another great caliber. These all offer a significant advantage over your .240. There is another thread about a rifle for a guys wife. Try the search function and see if you can find it. Has a good number of well reasoned responses. Bruce
     

  3. ntg

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    Ditto pretty much. I was going to say, 7-08, 260rem, 6.5x55, or even a 270win...loaded right they'll do the job and recoil shouldn't be more than the 240 (although I've never shot a 240). It's always helpful if you've got a friend or gun club where you can find someone with one of these rifle/calibers and where they'd let her fire it a few times to get a feel for what each is like. Granted overall rifle weight and other factors will change it a bit from rifle to rifle, but that would give her an idea of what she could skillfully shoot.
     
  4. cohunter14

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    I agree with everything else posted so far, but I will also throw out there that you could just put a brake on your 300 as well. Would be cheaper than buying a new gun and should reduce the recoil to the point that she should have no problem shooting it. Just a thought!
     
  5. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Many young first time elk and old hands kill elk just fine with a 243 every year, much better she shoots a gun she likes and shoots well. Elk die just like anything else!!
     
  6. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    The 240 has the same E as a 7mm-08 at muzzle and carries 1294@400 and 1075 @ 500.Use a good bonded bullet or barnes type.In the boiler room = dead elk. I shot a few bulls with my 243 as did my son as beginning hunter.Now I favor larger, but the 7-08 is the exact case as a 243, the 240 has much larger case capacity and is very capable. I bet it holds as much energy as the 7mm-08 too 500 or very close.
     
  7. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Also, I would be sure that a LIMBSAVER butt pad was on that puppy, which ever it is. Safe hunting & Good luck.
     
  8. upacreek

    upacreek Well-Known Member

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    I have seen it many times. The gun kicks while sighting it in, but after they shoot at an animal and don't remember the recoil. Get her through this hunt with something she can handle then after positive results she'll have more guts for a larger caliber. I would keep the ranges under 200-250 with the 240. JMO.
     
  9. Henry R

    Henry R New Member

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    I am also a new elk hunter. This year will be my first elk hunt. I own several guns but the two calipers I thought of taking was 300 wsm or 300 rum can anyone give me some help on which gun and what grain bullet
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  10. ntg

    ntg Well-Known Member

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    Both will do the job. I'd find an accurate 165gr pill, practice, and go hunting.
     
  11. cohunter14

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    Either one will work, it just depends on what your goals are distance-wise. If you are looking to be able to take down an elk at a longer range (500+ yards) I would look into 200+ grain bullets in the 300 RUM. Not saying that the WSM can't do it, but you will have more of an advantage at long range with the RUM.
     
  12. Henry R

    Henry R New Member

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    Thank you all for the input to my questions. I will certainitly put it to good use.gun)