New rifle for colorado elk 2013

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by In2thinair, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. In2thinair

    In2thinair Member

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    Need advice on a new caliber for DIY backcountry elk this fall. I have a sako .308 but ammo is too scarce for practicing. Any thoughts on which caliber would be a good alternative? And no I don't handload.
     
  2. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    If you can't find .308s, which is a very common cartridge, I don't know what to tell you since you don't reload.
     

  3. In2thinair

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    308 is very common and that is why everyone is buying it up faster then the store can stock it. My question was which OTHER caliber would be a good second choice if I can't find enough 308 to get in a lot of practice.
     
  4. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    So what are you suggesting then? It sounds like you want to find an off the wall caliber that nobody else uses. If that's the case and you don't reload, I fail to see how you will find a lot of those cartridges either. The fact that you don't reload isn't helping things even though a lot of components are in short supply now too. I'd still rather have your .308 and be looking for them than a weird caliber that you're even less likely to find on the shelf.
     
  5. In2thinair

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    Certainly not looking for an off the wall caliber. I was trying to decide if getting a 30-06 or a 300 win mag would make sense. I am asking though because they are fairly similar and was wondering if it was worth going bigger and perhaps 7mm.
     
  6. In2thinair

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    Meant to type or a 7mm.
     
  7. Canvsbk

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    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????
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

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    SOLID advice!

    OP you thinking is foreign to me? Lots of 308 out there, might be time for you to start reloading.
     
  9. cohunter14

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    .308 ammo shouldn't be that hard to find right now. Cabelas even has them in stock...
     
  10. Dr. Vette

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    Agreed.
    You can start reloading for less than the price of a new rifle.
     
  11. In2thinair

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    Regular .308 ammo is all sold out eveywhere around where I live. I did see that Cabelas has .308 bullets in stock. Never reloaded before.
    First time attempting to post anything in a forum. Guess I was not asking my question very well.
    Just wanted to know if it was worth getting a 30-06 because that ammo is in stock at my local gunstores. Or maybe to get a rifle that is not so similar to the .308. Perhaps a 300 win mag or 338.
    Thought by posting on the Elk Hunting thread I might get some advice in that regard.
    Reloading might be an option in the future but dont think I can learn that new skill to a good enough level to be in time for the fall.
     
  12. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    The 300 WM is a very good elk rifle and would be my choice today. As far as ammunition for either the 308 or the 300 good luck. If you like to shoot a lot then reloading would be a smart step to take. Components are getting harder to find but there is always a pound of powder here and a box of bullets there.

    Anyway good luck!
     
  13. Broz

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    Good advice here. I agree.

    Jeff
     
  14. cohunter14

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    If you are only doing it because of the ammo available, then no, it's not worth it. Spend $10 on shipping for the .308 ammo instead of $800 for a gun and scope. If you are looking at getting a different gun for another reason, then by all means, do it! Can never have too many! :D

    If I were you and looking between the 30-06 and .300 WM, I would go with the 300. It will give you something that is different from the .308 you already have, whereas the 30-06 is going to be somewhat similar when it comes to velocity, bullet drop, etc.