Len Backus and Robb Wiley discuss some of the best elk hunting calibers - Video

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by Len Backus, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Hi Len....I enjoyed the video very much and also noticed that you mentioned a thread about "6.5 kills on elk". I missed that one! Could you tell me where it is please,.......rich
     
  2. ithinkimissed

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    is that a dead down range 28 nosler in your pictures? if not what is it?
     
  3. Freebore

    Freebore Well-Known Member

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    A big 33 cal has a lot of penetration but I still like the way a big fast 30 just smacks them dead. Last elk was with those Barnes 175...fast. Switched from the 190/200 lead since most kills are under 600...but there is always those 200’s with just in case.
    Oh yea...braked.
     
  4. JTB

    JTB Well-Known Member

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    9CD83459-3946-4EB5-A625-8903CA29BD29.jpeg My grandson shot this spike a few weeks ago with one shot from a 6.5-06 at 530 at yards using 142 LRAB. Hit it just behind the front shoulder and it dropped on the spot. Best elk caliber????
     
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  5. Wheeler co

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    I’m with you pal...but now with a suppressor. Save your hearing, elk can’t tell where that sonic crack came from, and about 40% less recoil. Everything I shoot now is suppressed, even sage rats. All good, nothing bad.
     
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  6. Wheeler co

    Wheeler co Active Member

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    ...and so does your, and your guides, hearing. Throw that break as far as you can and get a suppressor. About a 40% sound reduction.
     
  7. Michigan

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    Was it a Berger VLD?
     
  8. jasonprox700

    jasonprox700 Well-Known Member

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    Wheeler,
    I feel the same about brakes. None of my hunting rifles wear a brake for that reason. Last year, I jumped into the suppressor world and I'll never go back. Shooting my suppressed 338 WM prone, if kicks about like a 308 and without the concussion. Another bonus is you can spot your hits.

    I also used my suppressed 308 to take 4 whitetails (one was a nice 142" 8 point) this past season. They had no idea where the shot came from, and they also didn't really spook much. They mostly looked around and then went back to feeding in the food plot.
     
  9. Wheeler co

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    Yes...wish I had been using one for the last 60 years. Might still have my hearing. Discovered them in NZ and now have all my buddies turned on. They say same as you. Last year I watched a friend shooting suppressed .30-378, kill a bull at 200 yds. The rest of the herd, about eighty, trotted, not ran, about 300 yds, and went back to feeding. Amazing. We now shoot everything suppressed...even sage rats. Use our .30 cans on .17s, .20s, and .22s. From 50’, sound like B.B. guns. No more muffs.
     
  10. jasonprox700

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    I'm submitting a form 1 for a suppressor for my dad since he tried out mine (he's being added to my trust). He puts on earpro before shooting, even when hunting due to severe tinnitus. With a suppressor, he doesn't have a problem. He said it sounds like a .22 mag going off, which is something he can handle in a hunting situation.
     
  11. Larry 4831

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    I have a Shoulder replaced. How about a 257 Weatherby Magnum?
     
  12. glbhunter

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    over the years I have killed well over a dozen elk and twice that many mule deer with my 264 win mag mostly with 140 gr Hornady and later years Hornady SST. They going out at about 3265. Yes, elk will go a ways sometimes with shots around the illustrated 5 but not that far, however, less meat ruined and I do enjoy elk meat. Most were about 100-400 yards only one at 514. Most of the time we worked closer for a shot. Oh! ya, I would have liked to have had a longer range capability. What would I have given for my present 300RUM, optics and new knowledge. But you know, I was able to get an elk almost every year. I've only been working on this long range development for a short time and it is a lot of fun.
     
  13. wop

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    This is the WOP I just built a 6.5 STW 140gr @ 3550 fps That will reach out
    and get it. I love the 6.5 I have been shooting 6.5/06 AI for years and there
    is no game in North America and most game in Africa the 6.5 can't kill. I hunt
    antelope, deer, elk and bear and have not lost one yet. I am blessed to live in
    Montana. So don't be afraid to go after em with your 6.5. The wop
     
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  14. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt Well-Known Member

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    What Stock is that?