Long Range Elk Gun

I was thinking of going with a .300 win mag, but also considering a .300 RUM, as well as a 7mm rem mag. My main concerns are being able to shoot it accurately due to the recoil and that the bullet has enough energy to take down an elk at long range.

There are lots of good muzzle brakes out there, my 300AX drives a 200gr accubond 3340fps. It wears a Pain Killer brake and is second to my 243win in lightest recoiling rifle I have but boy is it loud!!! I would make it a point to get a good brake just for the sake of 1. Taming recoil and 2. Being able to spot your shot.
 
My question is, what is the difference between my buddy's $700 Savage that shoots pretty awesome and a custom rifle like the Lane Precision Ultimate? I'm willing to spend the money on a custom gun if it is a big advantage. After today, I feel pretty confident that I would be able to connect with targets at longer ranges. My goal is to practice to be comfortable shooting out to 1000 yards.

You have been provided excellent recommendations by seasoned LRH/S members, most of which have proven track records/successes afield.

Custom rifle in short is a "precision" made rifle "tailored" for the end user's "intended purpose". If you are willing and able to fork up the cost, this is the way go, as supposed to building using a factory built action (semi-custom).

Having said that perhaps, investing on the Savage (all my Savage rifles are shooters) and range time is not a bad idea and enjoy the learning process to prepare you for your custom rifle endeavor.

Check out these videos ...

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Good luck and happy safe shooting/hunting.
 
Are they as accurate when you get out into the 1000 yard range? The things that are "close enough" at shorter distances start to matter more at long range.

This is good advice. A Savage can be a very accurate rifle. I own several Savages and only one custom rifle.
 
Have a Savage Model 12 in 300 WSM that will take out milk jugs at 800 yards easy. That is with its McGowen Savage prefit barrel on it though. Have that barrel off now and have a stock Savage magnum contour 300 WSM barrel on it for carry hunting. I was shooting milk jug size rocks with it at 500 yards last week. Also a Savage LRP in 6.5 Creedmoor that is very accurate at long range.

Really don't have a place or need to shoot to 1000 and I think at some point the quality of the load worked up for the rifle comes into play.

Savage makes some very accurate LR rifles. They have a whole line of target rifles for 1000 yard F Class and such. They are utilitarian rifles; they are missing the craftsmanship that shows with a full custom rifle. They make wonderful practice rifles though.
 
Are they as accurate when you get out into the 1000 yard range? The things that are "close enough" at shorter distances start to matter more at long range.

With the right load, set-up, and if the nut behind the trigger does its job, YES!

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Elk hunting is no cake walk! Do yourself a favor and get yourself into physical conditioning program to go after the elk safely.

I carry a 10-lbs rifle and a 35-lbs of back pack and accessories up and down the MT wilderness. Not bad for an old fart. :D

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Man, I pack a 13 lb rifle all season and this season we've been packing rifles for sheep and a bow in case we need to switch it up to elk. I'm more into long range precision than cutting a couple pound of my rifle!lightbulb
 
Man, I pack a 13 lb rifle all season and this season we've been packing rifles for sheep and a bow in case we need to switch it up to elk. I'm more into long range precision than cutting a couple pound of my rifle!lightbulb

That's what I'm talking about! :D
 

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If we are still talking "Long Range Elk Rifle" like the title says, I will take a little weight over the instability of a light weight rifle any day. When you go down for a long shot that weight will be your friend. If your alone and want to see your own hit that weight will again be your friend. I got into better shape and health since last season and shed 40 lbs. I feel better than ever and a 35 lb pack is not a problem for me at all at 57 yrs of age. Before I will lighten a real elk rifle too much to be a couple pounds lighter, I will take a crap before I head out in the morning. lightbulb :D

Jeff
 
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