When it comes down to harvesting an Elk, or any animal for that matter, shot placement is usually the most important factor. A 30-06 has more than enough energy and velocity to mortally wound an Elk. However, unless you want to search for the animal, shoot for the heart or lungs. I believe a hunter should learn to accurately shoot what they have and then move on to different calibers for enjoyment and long range effectiveness.First time elk hunter. Is a 30-06 enough out to 400 yards or do I need a new gun.
Cariboo, I like your reply.The 30-06 will do the job no problems. 165 gr. My hunting partner has taken many elk ,deer and moose with his . It was all he ever used and he knew it’s capability like a book .
Stick with it , treat it like it’s your favourite tool in the box , learn it inside out and it will deliver for you .
Still one of the best calibers going as far as I’m concerned.
THIS Guy!! LMAO!!You absolutely need a new gun. A .30-06 will not kill an elk, and should not be relied on. You can show your wife this statement of fact as complete justification for the purchase. In fact, you may need two new guns, in case one gets lost in the snow . . .
With the right bullet, the right gun, and the right hunter, the 30-06 will do the job at double your stated range. If you love your 30-06, go elk hunting with it.First time elk hunter. Is a 30-06 enough out to 400 yards or do I need a new gun.
My GOD, Man!!!My first 13 elk were taken with 30-06 180 gr Nosler Partition and the rest with 300 Weatherby mag and 300 Win mag.I now switched to Nosler Accubond bullet due to a problem several years a go that aged me 20 years.
I use the 300 win mag mostly now as there is no question it will go through both sides and provide a good tracking trail if needed.
Just my 2 cents