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brooks
03-02-2012, 09:22 PM
I would really rather have an archery tag but I don't so I'll be loading up some 160 grain Nosler AcuuBonds in .284 and I'll be taking my faithful old tack driver... 7 mm rem mag... My nephew hunts elk with a 300 ultra mag and while it puts out more horsepower I really like the 7 mag. Whats your rifle/cal./bullet of choice for elk?

SprintNShoot7
03-02-2012, 10:05 PM
I agree with you I'd rather have an archery tag, but I shoot a Remington 700, 7mm mag 168 Bergers.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-02-2012, 10:15 PM
I like both bow and rifle, and hunt both season here in MT. I just built a 7mm mag myself, and start load development on the 160 AB and 168 LRX this week. Scope is a Swarovski Z3 BRH reticle.

You can see it here:

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/2072-Savage-7mm-Rem-Mag-Project

I still have my previous elk rifle and fully intend to put her in the field again. I lovingly referred to her as the "Elkinator." She's a Remington Sendero SF2 in 300 RUM and she has accounted for three bulls. She has worn a Leupy Mark 4, Swaro Z3, and soon either a Vortex Viper HS LR or SWFA SS.

I enjoy calling bulls and hunting with a bow, and I know it isn't as "cool" to be a rifle hunter right now, but I still love it.

tommyp
03-02-2012, 10:29 PM
elk rifle??? kimber montana 300wsm with talley light weight mounts, leupold 3x9 ultra light and loaded with federal premium 180 grain accu bonds sighted 3" high at 100 yds

packer58
03-02-2012, 10:32 PM
Rem 7 mm mag / Retumbo / 160 Accubonds / avg 3,050 fps through my chrony, sub MOA out to 700

hvfd21walker
03-02-2012, 10:59 PM
Remington 700 custom in a 30-338 topped with a leupold mark 4 tactical. Shooting 180g Nosler accubonds. Love archery to but dont care what I am using as long as I am hunting.

bigshot
03-03-2012, 01:03 AM
I just bought a new elk rifle, a Remington 700 SPS in 300 RUM and loading it with 200 grain Nosler Accubonds (RL-25). My backup elk rifles are a Custom Remington 700 in 7mm SAUM spitting 160 grain Nosler Accubonds (RL-17), and my old faithful a Remington 700 DM 7mm Rem Mag with 160 grain Nosler Accubonds (IMR4831). All rifles are topped with Leupold VXIII's with CDS.

NoMoreOldNo7
03-03-2012, 01:10 AM
All three of my rifles are good elk rifles. My 30-06 was handed down to me by my father who took an elk in '71 off the Snake River in Idaho just before he suffered a massive stroke. My other two rifles are 700 Remingtons that I have had blue printed by a top notch gunsmith. One is 7RM with a Leupold 4x12x40 shooting 160 gr Accubonds and is an absolute tack driver. The other is a .300 Win Mag with a Nikon 4x14.4x40 with BDC, that I shoot 180 Accubonds. I have killed most of my Elk with the .300, the last two at 297 and 350 yards in their tracks. My first Elk was a beautiful 6x8 Tule Elk here in California in '96 with the 7RM. I love all three rifles, the 7rm I got for xmas when I was 15 the year my father took that elk in Idaho so I have had that one for quite a long time.

And as mentioned above, I love to hunt archery, but have only taken mulies with a bow. The only elk I ever tried to take with a bow was that Tule Elk hunt in '96. Opening day I missed a broken tine 6x6, ended up taking teh 6x8 two days later with a rifle.

mcseal2
03-03-2012, 07:23 AM
At the moment I'm down to my custom 264WM shooting 140gr accubonds, and a Ruger M77 shooting 160gr accubonds. The 264 is really more my pet deer/antelope rifle that can step up to elk if need be. The Ruger M77 is an old one with the tang safety that I have plans for. I want to use the action to build a custom 300WM to shoot the 200gr accubond for everything that my 264 is on the light side for. I find that I need a 3 position or better a tang safety or the safety can rub into the fire position on my pack, I switch shoulders alot carrying a rifle slung. Packing it on my left side puts the safety against my pack.

Colorado Cowboy
03-03-2012, 08:06 AM
I'm pretty much old school (I guess it reflects how old I am!) when it comes to my hunting rifles. My main elk rifle is an old Stoeger commercial mauser(60's vintage) in .300 Wby. I have rebarreled it with a Shillen match SS barrel, restocked it with a B & C composite stock. I have a Leupold 4 x 14 VX III that has a ballistic turret made for my hand loads. I use a 180 gr Nosler partition and Reloader 25 that leaves the muzzle at 3200. My backup in my faithful old customized 03 Springfield. Still has the original barrel, custom stock, Timney Trigger and Leupold VX III 3x9. I use my reloads with 4831 and the same Nosler I use in my .300.

Both shoot <minute groups and have filled my freezer for years!

MuleyHunter
03-03-2012, 08:37 AM
Mine is my Remington Sendero in the 7MM RUM topped with the Burris Black Diamond 4-14x50 with the ballist plex. I am running 139 gr Hornady Interbonds and H1000.

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt72/elkkill06/019-1.jpg

Timberstalker
03-03-2012, 08:58 AM
I use a Winchester model 70 in .300 Win Mag w/ a Leupold 4x12 VXI . Its not anything special but it works for me, longests kill shot on elk was about 75 yrds the closest ,which is my biggest bull, was 28 yrds. I never seem to find any elk in open country, there always in the thickest stuff I can find. I hand load for it now but have killed all my previous bulls with 180gr Remmington Core-lok bullets. Wild set up huh! [ATTACH=CONFIG]28ATTACH]68[/

packer58
03-03-2012, 09:17 AM
At the moment I'm down to my custom 264WM shooting 140gr accubonds, and a Ruger M77 shooting 160gr accubonds. The 264 is really more my pet deer/antelope rifle that can step up to elk if need be. The Ruger M77 is an old one with the tang safety that I have plans for. I want to use the action to build a custom 300WM to shoot the 200gr accubond for everything that my 264 is on the light side for. I find that I need a 3 position or better a tang safety or the safety can rub into the fire position on my pack, I switch shoulders alot carrying a rifle slung. Packing it on my left side puts the safety against my pack.

mcseal2,

It's nice to hear that the good ole .264 WM is still being used by a few guys, i also have a 60's vintage Rem .264 WM in a Rem 700, factory anodized stainless barrel.............after all these years it's still a tack driver!!!!

gon4elk
03-03-2012, 10:41 AM
300 WSM in a Browning A- Bolt. 165 gr Barnes TSSX.

Manualman
03-03-2012, 04:02 PM
Remington model 7 in 7mm SAUM with 160gr Berger VLD

dustyboots
03-03-2012, 05:02 PM
stainless steel Winchester model 70 300 Weatherby magnum with Leopould 3.5-10 50mm scope

Pronghorn73
03-03-2012, 08:18 PM
Win. Mod. 70 30-06 for many years, always 180 gr. loads. Lately .300 Wby mag, 180 gr. loads also.

BKC
03-03-2012, 09:06 PM
Ruger m77 MarkII in .300 win mag topped w/ leupold VX3 6.5-20x50lr 180 grain barnes ttsx It is heavy but it shoots!

buckbull
03-03-2012, 09:47 PM
My shoulder hurts after reading about all these super magnums being used.

Jerry
03-04-2012, 12:25 AM
The Browning A Bolt 300 win mag isn't bad to shoot at all with the BOSS on the end.

indianw
03-04-2012, 08:36 AM
Rem 700 7MM 160 Gr. Noslers my back up Rem 700 270cal 150 noslers had to use my 270 last year had issues with the scope on the 7mm one shot dropped in his tracks not one step.
http://i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd472/Indianw/P1070974.jpg

Old Hunter
03-04-2012, 10:10 AM
As a still hunter who hunts nothing buy high timber. My shots are close, and I don't need a long range gun. I used a 30-30 for most of my hunting career. (60 years) A few years ago I started to use a muzzleloader. It's all I use now. Even if I hunt the rifle seasons.

Shooter
03-04-2012, 03:59 PM
Winchester M70 featherweight in 338-06. I use a 210gr nosler pt in it. And I get about 2750fps with it.

Timberstalker
03-04-2012, 05:44 PM
Old Hunter, I like your style. Still hunting seems to be becoming a lost art. Seems like everyone wants to spot from mile away and shoot as far as possible these days. That is a good appraoch for some, but there's nothing like being surrounded by a heard of elk in the thick timber. Long range shooting is a style I just can't get into, its very impressive what good equipment can do though!

HuskyMusky
03-04-2012, 06:06 PM
.340 Wby, 225grs@3100 fps barnes tipped-TSX, heavy/26" barrel

.300 WSM, 165/180grs, lightweight/24" barrel

Old Hunter
03-04-2012, 06:52 PM
Old Hunter, I like your style. Still hunting seems to be becoming a lost art. Seems like everyone wants to spot from mile away and shoot as far as possible these days. That is a good appraoch for some, but there's nothing like being surrounded by a heard of elk in the thick timber. Long range shooting is a style I just can't get into, its very imressive what good equipment can do though!

Thank you. It's what my dad taught me in the 50's, and I liked it so much I've never done anything else.

Grizz
03-04-2012, 08:15 PM
Weapon of choice is my bow and death tipped arrow with screaming bull at 15 yds. However, I also have other tools and as others on here have said, I just want to be hunting. I shoot a .338-378 Weatherby that has accounted for 3 elk, in the open country. It throws a 225 grain Triple shock really fast and flat and has been known to nueter a tick at six-hundred yards! For the close work in the timber I have a .35 Whelen spitting 225 trophy bondeds that is super sweet to carry and speaks death pure and simple.

bluedunn0
03-04-2012, 09:20 PM
25-06 rem 115 nosler partition

beav906
03-04-2012, 11:04 PM
Rytera alien X loaded with 300 spine axis tipped with 100 grain shuttle t locks. Or the Remington 700 7mm topped with a weaver grand slam 3.5x10

trophyhill
03-05-2012, 11:12 AM
[QUOTE=Grizz;21358]Weapon of choice is my bow and death tipped arrow with screaming bull at 15 yds. QUOTE]

same here for sure. if i hunt them (or any other big game for that matter) with a rifle it is my M77 7mm rem mag by Ruger. i have alot of history with this rifle before i started bowhunting in '08 and killed lots of deer with it.

mconway951
03-05-2012, 12:01 PM
New setup for this year its a savage Long Range Hunter in 300 WSM shooting 210 bergers handloaded with H4350 topped off with a EGW 20 MOA base and votex viper pst scope with the MOA First Focal Plane reticle. Sweet shooting rifle cant wait to use it this fall for deer elk and antelope and possible a bear this spring.

jay
03-05-2012, 12:42 PM
As of right now, x-bolt 30-06 with Vortex Diamondback BDC scope, and .50 cal T/C Omega with Bushnell muzzleload scope.

Fish
03-05-2012, 01:01 PM
An old tang safety Ruger M77 rebarreled to 338/06 shooting Barnes X 200g or 210gr TS's

In God We Trust
03-16-2012, 07:29 PM
Just put together a Remington Model 700 XCR2 .300 win mag. I put a Weaver 3x15 50mm Tactical FFP scope on it. I can't wait to fill a few tags with it this year.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-16-2012, 07:36 PM
IGWT,

That was a finalist scope for me, besides the Vortex Viper HS LR I can't seem to find in stock anywhere.

How is it?

mthuntress
03-17-2012, 02:59 AM
bow , 257 Roberts or my 270 Win

Elkoholic307
03-17-2012, 10:01 AM
Sako AV 375 H&H
Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Rapid-Z 800
250 TTSX or 260 AB

gator7275
03-17-2012, 10:48 AM
this is my first year elk hunting Im going to be using my model 70 whinchester 26 in barrel magna ported 168 berger bullet nikon monarch 5-20-42 bdc reticle scope with leupold rings and bases

BKC
03-17-2012, 07:28 PM
I just saw Denny Austed, who shot the spider bull, on T.V at an auction in SLC and I think he paid over 200K for the govenors tag for a mule deer. Did this just happen in 2012 or did I see an old show? This brings me to my question. What the $&%@ is a .300 Austed II ? This is what he shot the spider bull with.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-17-2012, 07:53 PM
Yeah,

Good ol' Denny. How many governor's tags is that for him? I just don't feel too good about somebody literally buying the world record.

He is quite the wildcatter.

In God We Trust
03-18-2012, 10:41 PM
BB, I love the scope. I found it on Midway. I was also debating between the Vortex PST FFP and the Weaver. I read reviews on the internet for 2 months before finally deciding on the Weaver. Both are great scopes and the Vortex warranty is the best but I liked that the Weaver turrets lock. I don't have to worry about accidentally moving them while hunting. I just kept looking between swfa, Brownell's, and Midway until they had one available. Let me know if you go with the Vortex and how you like it.

Zim
03-18-2012, 11:27 PM
Remington model 700 .300 win mag or something. I use it like once every 5 years since 95% of my hunting in archery. Made a really big hole in anything it hit.

EdD270
03-20-2012, 05:41 PM
I shoot a plain-Jane Remington 700 in .270 Win., I loaded 150 gr. Barnes bullets when we lived in Colorado due to longer ranges sometimes encountered there. Here in Arizona where the brush is heavier and ranges are generally shorter I load 130 gr. Barnes TSX or TTSX. Got a Leupold scope on it. Never had a problem, nor a long tracking job.

Ikeepitcold
03-20-2012, 05:45 PM
338 Ultra mag is what I will use now. I did use 7mm wsm. I always take both just in case

ThreeTikkas
03-24-2012, 07:35 PM
A tuned up Remington SPS 300 Ultra Mag stoked with 180gr Partitions ove 89gr of RL22 and Fed primers. 1/2 MOA and plenty of smack. I must admit I just picked up a Tikka T3 in 338 Winny that is in contention for "Go to" elk rifle. ABout 3 lbs lighter! At my age that is starting to count.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/DWCalls/101_0034.jpg

sjsmallfield
03-24-2012, 08:24 PM
Browning A-Bolt 30-06 with 180gr Accubonds

schoff
03-25-2012, 08:46 AM
Remington 700 SPS SS .300 Win Mag 180 Hornady Interlock SP Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40

Edelweiss
03-25-2012, 06:27 PM
For heavy timber a 450 Marlin Steyr-Mannlicher with a Burris 1.75-6 Signature scope.

For long range horseback a 338 Lapua in a rebuilt Sako TRG-S with a 28 inch #8 Krieger and a McMillan A-5 stock, right now it's between scopes as I am using the Trijicon 5-20 I bought for it on my Tikka here in Australia.

Jeremy
04-03-2012, 10:33 AM
I have a custom built 7 mag. Sake action, McMillen Stock, Kreiger Barrel w/ Zeiss glass. I am using 180 grain Berger VLD's w/ H1000 powder. It's a hammer.

bullelk
04-03-2012, 07:31 PM
I hunt with a Browning A-Bolt in .300 WinMag, 3-9 Leupold, shooting 180 grain Nosler Partition handloads. I won the rifle for $1.00 in a raffle about 10 years ago, and it has accounted for elk, moose, antelope, whitetail deer and mulies since then. Good investment!

joemf1985
04-04-2012, 12:42 AM
Winchester M70 in 300 RUM, 168 Grain Bergers propelled by IMR 4831
Backup is Ruger M77 270 Winchester, shooting Nosler Accubonds

COElkFreak
04-09-2012, 07:49 PM
I too would like to have a good archery tag in my pocket as to a rifle tag, but my favorite would have to be my Ruger MK77 in .338 WM pushiong a 225 grain Accubond.

MakinTracks
04-10-2012, 11:11 PM
Remington 700 in .300 WSM. 168 TTSX. Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14X50. Rapid Z-800

bern0134
04-11-2012, 08:23 AM
I just recently made the switch to archery equipment to hunt elk but prior to that I used my dad's 257 WBY which shoots 115 g TSX factory loads. I had to use that instead because my 270 win was getting worked on. The 257 helped me kill both my biggest muley and biggest bull. I also just started reloading so I'm hoping to come up with some good load recipes for all our rifles. I also got a 300 RUM recently that I would like to customize. The 300 will probably be used mainly for long range paper and steel target shooting.

tensleep
04-19-2012, 06:58 PM
Mine started as a 270 in a plastic stock. Now is a 280 AI. Win model 70 classic stainless action. Hart #3 barrel 25" long. McMillan stock.
Shoots 140 NAB at 2950 FPS about 2" at 300 off bench. 3" off sticks. Trying to work up an elk load with 160 NAB that shoots as well.

This gun has only shot deer sot technically it ain't an elk rifle....yet

8750
04-19-2012, 08:51 PM
I grew up shooting a 30-06 model 70 pre 64. I didnt want to beat that classic up anymore, so I got a model 70 7mm WSM. I took 4 elk with it and was not happy with the performance. So I sold it and got a Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag. Ive taken a few elk with this one, and I am absolutely hooked. I love that gun. It isnt top of the line, but I broke the barrell in properly and it is tack driver now. The downrange performance is awesome.

kcaves
04-20-2012, 07:06 AM
used to use a ruger mk2 in 25-06, but now I use a remington model 700 in 300 wsm with a knoxx stock and a leupold mark 4 scope pushing a 165 grain hornady sst at right around 3000 fps. dumped my bull at 450 yards this year

xtreme
04-20-2012, 10:38 AM
My original was a Rem 700 7mm, now that gun is for bear using RWS 177 gr. Replacement elk gun is Browning A-bolt with brake and BOSS using Berger 168 gr. with Leupold VX-7L 4.5 x 18 x 56. This is also my long range combo, ie, deer in Ne.

griz
04-22-2012, 10:30 AM
Love bow as well but when hunting thicker cover use a 45-70! When hunting more open country i use my 300 win mag

anglinarcher
04-23-2012, 10:40 AM
This year I will tote along grandpa's gun - remington 700 in 300 win mag. I put a 3x9 burris on it a few years ago. She spits out 180gr coreloks as good as I can shoot. For a backup a BLR in 270 also wearing a 3x9 burris shooting 130 barnes. Both spend too much time in the safe but I actually have a rifle tag for both deer and elk this year.

UT MuleyHunter
04-23-2012, 06:55 PM
Soon I will be getting a Ruger M77 in 280 ackley with a Nikon ProStaff BDC reticle scope.

6mm Remington
04-28-2012, 03:49 PM
I use a Ruger #1B in 30-06 with 165 gr. Accubonds. I have also used my Ruger #1B in 6mm Remington with 100 gr. Partitions. I took one spike bull with the 6mm at about 30 yards in the timber. My son used his 6mm two years ago to take a large cow at 350 yards with one shot with the 90 gr. E-tip! It took her behind her right shoulder and exited the center of her left shoulder. She went all of about 20 yards. Last year he used his 300 WSM and a 180 gr. Accubond to take his second cow. I also enjoy archery hunting and I shoot a Martin Damon Howatt Hunter 60# recurve.

Gatorman
06-14-2012, 06:58 PM
I bought a Kimber Montana 300WSM for a Utah elk hunt I have planned for 2015 (8 long years drawing points for this tag, but I'm sure it will be worth it). The rifle shoots great, but it's so light it will dang near knock the fillings out of your teeth from the recoil. I have a VX3 Leupold scope on it and plan to have it shipped off to have a muzzle break put on it. This is my first Kimber rifle and I love it!

Elkoholic307
06-14-2012, 07:35 PM
I also got a 300 RUM recently that I would like to customize. The 300 will probably be used mainly for long range paper and steel target shooting.

Use that thing on elk!

crumy
06-25-2012, 08:25 PM
The Eastmans Forum is a great place to ask questions like this. I was narrowing my search down to either a 7mm or a 300 win mag 3 years ago. The best advice I received was "Go Shoot'em" Then shoot as much gun as you can comfortably. I know guys that have successfully hunted and harvested elk with a 25-06. Bu I personally like the 300. Not about how big of a gun I have or anything like. Simply. I like it, I shoot it well and the recoil doesn't bother me.

yote hunter
07-30-2012, 07:29 PM
Hey hvfd21walker, just wondered who built your 30-338. I'm having one built right know, can't wait for it to be done.

Matthew Blankenship
07-30-2012, 10:42 PM
I have a savage model 110 in 270 win. ( a poor mans gun and i wouldnt trade it for a millon dollars) i use 150 gr rem. corelocks and ive killed 10 elk in 12 years (6 bulls and 4 cows) all DIY on public land (colorado) 3849 3850 3851

meathunter
07-31-2012, 12:06 AM
Matthew Blankenship I agree with you as I have harvested about the same number of elk, a moose last year, a buffalo, and a few deer and lopes all with a 270 Remington Model 710 using Remington or Winchester basic factory loads. All DIY on public land. It's all about shot placement and knowing where the gun shoots.

i.hunt
07-31-2012, 09:03 AM
My first Elk rifle was a RMEF Remington 700 in 300 RUM topped off with a Burris Black Diamond scope in 4-16 that shot great but it was a bit heavy to carry and the recoil would really rock me, I sold it and replaced it with a Tikka T3 Light Stainless fluted BBL in 300 Win Mag, topped it off with a Nikon 4-14 it is a great shooter with plain old 180 Gr Rem Core Loks, super light and fits me so nice that it has become my favorite hunting rifle for everything from Elk, Deer, Bear or Moose..... My Backup rifle is a Remington 7600 in 30-06 that literally is a tack driver too.... This year I am trying something a little different I will be using my latest a S & W .460 Mag XVR revolver, It is topped off with a Leupold straight 4 power scope, this puppy shoots great, I will be keeping my shots to 200 yards off shooting sticks.... first hunt is a Black Bear hunt in NY state in September......

Doe Nob
07-31-2012, 09:42 AM
Savage long range hunter in 300 win mag, topped with a Zeiss 4.5x14-44mm with rapid z 1000. Shooting 180 grain barnes.

Jeremy
07-31-2012, 03:51 PM
Custom 7 Mag built on a Surgeon action, Krieger #4 fluted barrel, McMillen Stock, 20 MOA Base topped with Talley tactical rings holding a NightForce 5.5 X 22 w/ NP-1 reticle. Shooting a 180 grain Berger VLD, Remmy Brass, 63.9 grains of H1000.

Not that I would shoot at an elk this far, but it is consistantly shooting 5.5 inch groups at 1,000 yards.

HuntWYODon
07-31-2012, 06:18 PM
Rem. Mod. 700 stainless . 300 RUM, 26 in. barrel (factory) with magnabrake, HS Precision stock, Timiney trigger, 6x24x50 Burris Black Diamond scope,Harris bi pod (LOL!) .
180 gr. Barnes TTSX, Nosler or Fed. brass, Fed. 250 primer,100.0 grs. Hogdon Retumbo, 3360 fps.
Before the was a Ruger Mk II stainless. 24 in barrel (factory), HS Precision stock,4x16x50 Burris Black Diamond scope, Harris bi pod,
A lot of different loads.

460s&w
08-12-2012, 06:15 PM
I see I.hunt is trying out a 460s&w its one of my favorit guns I will be trying mine out for elk this fall keep my shots about 200 yards i don't have trouble hitting paper out to 250 but want to stay inthe power i'm shooting a 275gr barnes out of my 12inch barrel at 2000fps toped with a nice scope i think its a 3x7 or something. but my first elk i ever shot was a cow at 250yd with 7mmrem mag with 160 barns tsx droped it nice mid body behind the shoulder.

HuntWYODon
08-13-2012, 04:35 PM
I see I.hunt is trying out a 460s&w its one of my favorit guns I will be trying mine out for elk this fall keep my shots about 200 yards i don't have trouble hitting paper out to 250 but want to stay inthe power i'm shooting a 275gr barnes out of my 12inch barrel at 2000fps toped with a nice scope i think its a 3x7 or something. but my first elk i ever shot was a cow at 250yd with 7mmrem mag with 160 barns tsx droped it nice mid body behind the shoulder.
I have a 460 S&W XVR w/Burris 2 x7 scope on it also. I have some loads with 275 Barnes X w/ Hogdon 110 but believe it or not, I haven't found anything more accurate than the Hornady factory 200 gr XTP load ! Cor Bon w/Barnes were okay. I'd love to hammer an elk or a deer with it or my Ruger Super RedHawk .454 Cassul.

460s&w
08-13-2012, 07:31 PM
I have a 460 S&W XVR w/Burris 2 x7 scope on it also. I have some loads with 275 Barnes X w/ Hogdon 110 but believe it or not, I haven't found anything more accurate than the Hornady factory 200 gr XTP load ! Cor Bon w/Barnes were okay. I'd love to hammer an elk or a deer with it or my Ruger Super RedHawk .454 Cassul.


I agree the200 gr hornady are fast and accurate i just want more punch so i went with the barns and i do load with h110 but it to get the extra power i went one grain over max and i still shoot 2inch group at 100 and about 4 4.5 at 200 and theres only like 15 inch drop very perdicable so i just sight in 6 inch hight at 100 and by the time its 200 i just add about a extra 6 or so haha always hits. i trust it now just need to get in range.

hoshour
08-13-2012, 10:52 PM
Savage 110 30-06 with a Boyd's laminated stock, glass and pillar bedded it myself this spring. Before I did the new stock and bedding and had the original stock the gun seemed to dislike the Federal Vita-Shok bullets I been using with another gun and actually shot much better groups with the Remington Core-Lokts. I'm anxious to see which brand of bullet does best with the new setup. I'll probably shoot the Vita-Shok Nosler partition ballistic tips in 165 grain if they group well.

xtreme
08-14-2012, 05:42 AM
Looks like I have under estimated the Remington Core-Loks, maybe they don't have the glamor, but they do the job best. hoshour, you have a very good rifle setup, what scope do you have on it?

HuntWYODon
08-14-2012, 03:58 PM
I agree the200 gr hornady are fast and accurate i just want more punch so i went with the barns and i do load with h110 but it to get the extra power i went one grain over max and i still shoot 2inch group at 100 and about 4 4.5 at 200 and theres only like 15 inch drop very perdicable so i just sight in 6 inch hight at 100 and by the time its 200 i just add about a extra 6 or so haha always hits. i trust it now just need to get in range.
I agree about the XTP's . They just loaded it with a 200 gr. pointed bullet to get max velocity from it so the could say the fastest straight walled pistol cartridge or something like that when it first came out. I chrono all my loads and the Hornady factory 200 grain wasn't going over 2000 fps out of my 7 1/2 in barrel. I don't remember, something like 1850 fps.
Sorry guy's. Off topic I know.

460s&w
08-14-2012, 10:23 PM
I agree about the XTP's . They just loaded it with a 200 gr. pointed bullet to get max velocity from it so the could say the fastest straight walled pistol cartridge or something like that when it first came out. I chrono all my loads and the Hornady factory 200 grain wasn't going over 2000 fps out of my 7 1/2 in barrel. I don't remember, something like 1850 fps.
Sorry guy's. Off topic I know.

ya i had verying speeds compair to what the box's advertise with my crony but it took time finding a safe load and changed primers to get my high speed with 275gr primer was big key to consistancy went to cci mag rifle primers burn hot to get all powder going and i use a 12inch barrel so you can guess when i shot factory and it was still under speeds i was angry

HuntWYODon
08-15-2012, 12:03 AM
ya i had verying speeds compair to what the box's advertise with my crony but it took time finding a safe load and changed primers to get my high speed with 275gr primer was big key to consistancy went to cci mag rifle primers burn hot to get all powder going and i use a 12inch barrel so you can guess when i shot factory and it was still under speeds i was angry
I use Federal 215 mag primers in my 300 RUM and 7mm Rem mag but in my 357 mag, 44 mag, 454 Casull and 460 S&W I also use CCI mag primers. I've loaded 275,250 and 200 gr. Barnes XPB , 250 and 300 gr. Hornady XTP's and haven't shot the loads yet , 300 and 350 gr. Beartooth hardcast. They even make a 400 or 405 gr. .452 dia. hardcast ! All I tried powder wise is H110 and W296. We better start a different thread or people are going to get pizzed off. :D

BobT
08-15-2012, 07:55 AM
Wow, some great (and interesting) selections here! If I ever draw another elk tag I will likely use my old Husqvarna 640, it's built on an FN commercial action and chambered in 9,3x62. It will wear a Leupold in the lower end of the magnification spectrum probably a 1.5-5 or 2-7.

Bob

dying to kill
08-20-2012, 09:40 PM
i shoot remington 700 sendero 7mm bergers also with hogden h-1000 for powder huskemaw scope hard to beat that mixture

Rhino Hunter
03-02-2013, 01:25 PM
I guess I'm reactivating an older thread. Mine is:

Ruger M77 with the tang safety.
Custom kevlar/graphite stock.
Answer products slimline muzzle brake.
Trigger work, with pull @ 3 lbs.
Lapped scope rings.
Leupold Vari-X III, 3.5-10 x 50 mm.
Cheek pad.
Limb Saver recoil pad.
Harris bipod (sometimes).

It prefers Federal Premium TBBC 200 grain. My best group is ~1/2" at 100 yards.

It's taken (2) elk, (1) bear, (3) mule deer, (1) caribou, and (1) mountain goat.

trkytrack2
03-02-2013, 02:46 PM
Winchester M-70.....30-06.....165 gr. boat-tails. 3x9 Bushnell.

brent.wheaton
03-02-2013, 08:08 PM
Man that is awesome. It just goes to show that you really don't need high priced guns to kill your game.

montanahunter10
03-03-2013, 11:04 AM
Custom 300 win mag. Lilja #4 fluted to 24 inches, Defiance fluted action, Defiance bottom metal, Bell and Carlson stock, Vortex diamondback 4-12 scope.

Umpqua Hunter
03-03-2013, 01:15 PM
My elk rifle is a 300 WSM
My deer rifle is a 300 WSM
My sheep rifle is a 300 WSM
My bear rifle is a 300 WSM
My antelope rifle is a 300 WSM

I'm a strong proponent of being super familiar with one rifle and shooting it well. I missed a B&C ram and a gimme shot on a nice 6 point bull trying out new rifles. Years ago, I developed a flinch that lasted for a couple years after experimenting by hunting with a magnum that kicked like a mule. Why did it take me so long to learn to stick with one rifle that fits me, is reliable, accurate and has the recoil tamed with a good muzzle break? My personal lesson is that it is far better to have total confidence in your rifle than to have the optimum caliber for a given species.

Aught6Fan
03-03-2013, 01:47 PM
I like your philosophy, UH. I'm a one rifle kind of guy, mostly because what little dabbling I've done has been with bows and muzzleloaders.

I currently shoot an older Ruger M77 (tang safety) in .30-06, 3 x 9 scoped shooting Federal Premium 180 grn. Nosler Partitions.

I really like this thread, 'cause I've been thinking about a new "one rifle" for this new era of my life. :cool:

Bitterroot Bulls
03-03-2013, 01:55 PM
I am on the other side of coin, UH,

I have a "quiver" of rifles, and feel comfortable with all of them. I do practice often with all of them as well.

I love to shoot!

I do think the one-rifle-one-hunter philosophy is a good one, just not for me. ;)

Aught6Fan
03-03-2013, 02:11 PM
Hope I didn't imply that I thought everyone should subscribe to that philosophy, BB, just that I do.

Then again if I had a quiver full of rifles ... you never know!!! ;)

RSHusker
03-03-2013, 03:14 PM
elk rifle??? kimber montana 300wsm with talley light weight mounts, leupold 3x9 ultra light and loaded with federal premium 180 grain accu bonds sighted 3" high at 100 yds

I purchased a Tikka T3 in 300 wsm. I have a sub MOA load worked up with 165 Nosler Accubonds with 65 grains of H4350 and CCI mag primers. Was curious why you went with the 180s vs. something like the 165s. (Specifically speaking for elk). I am torn on working up a heavier load for elk but not sure if I need to. Any thoughts?

Umpqua Hunter
03-03-2013, 04:09 PM
I am on the other side of coin, UH,

I have a "quiver" of rifles, and feel comfortable with all of them. I do practice often with all of them as well.

I love to shoot!

I do think the one-rifle-one-hunter philosophy is a good one, just not for me. ;)

BB...Though I am a one rifle hunter, I think I have a gun buying problem. The first step to getting better is to admit my problem. I just can't stop buying guns, no matter how hard I try. I've bought four more since Christmas. The don't even fit in my quiver any longer. I've got a 400 yard range in my back yard and I want to fall a few big Fir trees to stretch it out to 600. I want to sell my portable bench and build a fixed bench. When will it end. :)

BKC
03-03-2013, 06:27 PM
BB...Though I am a one rifle hunter, I think I have a gun buying problem. The first step to getting better is to admit my problem. I just can't stop buying guns, no matter how hard I try. I've bought four more since Christmas. The don't even fit in my quiver any longer. I've got a 400 yard range in my back yard and I want to fall a few big Fir trees to stretch it out to 600. I want to sell my portable bench and build a fixed bench. When will it end. :) When they pry the last one out of your cold dead hands!

Kevin Root
03-03-2013, 07:41 PM
Whether a person has one gun or a quiver of them, I think the biggest factor has to be being proficient with what they shoot. Practice, practice, practice can only help a persons odds in success. I've had a Winchester model 70 in 30-06 that I've had and hunted with since high school. I resently bought a Weatherby in 7mm Mag and I plan on shooting it at the range weekly to get proficient with it.

Having one gun or a quiver of them? I don't see a problem, it seems like more of a blessing to me to have either option. :) I hope it never will end.

Timberstalker
03-03-2013, 09:31 PM
My elk rifle is a M70 Winchester "Black Shadow" with Leupold VXII 4x12. I paid under $400 at Bi-Mart back in 1998, It is my newest rifle. My only other rifle is my M70 in 25-06, I've been hunting with that rifle for over 30 years now, the last thing I took with that was my Big Horn ram. I guess I'm not a big gun buyer.

Elkhunter96
03-04-2013, 03:51 PM
I have had the same rifle for 19 years, never felt the need to change. Weatherby mark V in a 338 win. I have it set up with a Zeiss rapid z 600. I mainly archery hunt now, but the 338 has never failed me and is a one shot wonder. I have done well with Hornandy 225 gr and currently have Barnes loaded up for the next rifle hunt, whenever that may be...

shootbrownelk
03-04-2013, 04:54 PM
Winchester mod.70 stainless classics (2) 30.06 & .375 H&H mag. 165 gr.barnesX in the '06 and 235gr.barnesX in the .375.

rutfest
03-04-2013, 10:37 PM
Right now i am making up a 7mm STW with 168 g. bergers.

7mmshot
03-04-2013, 11:04 PM
7mm since 1997 . I just bought a Savage accutrigger 300 win mag. with a Ziess scope.

Sawfish
03-05-2013, 02:06 PM
358 Norma Magnum built on a P-14 Enfield Action
Burris 1.5 x 6
Speer 250 gr. Grand Slam Bullets

Wags
03-05-2013, 02:40 PM
358 Norma Magnum built on a P-14 Enfield Action
Burris 1.5 x 6
Speer 250 gr. Grand Slam Bullets

Jeebers man thats gotta knock you outa your socks ha! You should post a pic if you can. Would love to see a custom built on an enfield action.

Aught6Fan
03-05-2013, 10:48 PM
I used a 30-30 for most of my hunting career. (60 years)

OH,
Your post about using the .30-30 for timber elk got my gears to turning. I picked up a Savage bolt action .30-30 years ago, not long after parting with my early 70s vintage Win. model 94 (which I'm still kicking myself about). Anyway, I have never really hunted with Savage much, but several years back I got to toying with the idea of putting a peep sight on it and using as a timber gun...after trying unsuccessfully to fine a peep sight the idea faded.

I'd like to hear yours, and others, experiences on using it for elk, and maybe moose or bear sized game?

Thanks.

llewokj
03-10-2013, 11:11 PM
Ruger M77 Hawkeye in .338 RCM - 225gr Hornady SST Ammo

ThreeTikkas
03-11-2013, 04:40 PM
Picked up a new Elk whacker last week. Didn't really need it,but the price was right. Now all I need to do is draw a tag. Fingers crossed.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/DWCalls/b3a90baf-71a6-4d6d-b10f-c889cffaa539_zps1e3ce132.jpg
LSS 300 Win Mag. Haven't had her to the range yet. She's getting a little TLC in the form of a bedding job and trigger tweak.

Colorado Cowboy
03-11-2013, 05:59 PM
Nice.....and with the right price too:cool:

jmg
03-13-2013, 12:40 AM
I shoot a Ruger M77 in 300WM. Topped with a Leupold VXII 3-9x40 with target turrets dialed in to shoot 180 Accubonds.

llp
03-13-2013, 01:02 PM
I've killed elk with the following rifles, and probably a few others I don't recall offhand:

270 Win, Win 70 Featherweight, 140 grain TSX and 150 grain Nolser PT
308 Win, Win 70 Featherweight, 150 grain Nosler partition
308 Win, Ruger 77L, 150 grain Nosler Partition
30.06, Win 70 Featherweight, 180 grain Nosler Partition, 168 grain TTSX
30.06, Ruger #1, 180 grain Nosler
30.06 Kimber 84L, 168 grain TTSX
300 Win Mag, Win 70 Supergrade, 180 grain TSX
300 Win Mag, Kimber 8400, 180 grain TSX
300 WSM, Kimber 8400 MT, 180 grain TSX, 150 grain TTSX
375 H+H, Win 70 alaskan, 300 grain TSX

I've killed more elk with the 30.06 than any other caliber, but that is quickly being challenged by the 300 win mag. Currently the Kimber 8400 in 300 win is what i consider my "go to" elk rifle, but still use the Kimber 84L on at least one elk each year. I'm pretty comfortable with any of the 30 cals, but feel the .308 is a bit light when hunting BIG elk. It is fine on cows and spikes. Stay away from the extrmes on both ends, heavy and light, and you will be well served throughout your hunting career. I've killed elk out to 500 yards with one shot from a 30.06 mulitple times, but the 300 Win mag makes range estimation a bit less critical. They aren't anymore dead, however. Unless you have made a particularly poor choice, it isn't the caliber that matters, as bullet placement is king.
llp

Multi-SpeciesHunter
05-14-2013, 06:45 PM
.300 Winnie Tikka T3 Lite. Synthetic Stock but want to buy a olive green stock from stockystocks, as that would be sick. I topped it off with a 4-16x50mm Vortex Viper. I currently shoot 165gr Hornady Interlocks, but may change up to 200gr.

Old Hunter
05-14-2013, 07:43 PM
OH,
Your post about using the .30-30 for timber elk got my gears to turning. I picked up a Savage bolt action .30-30 years ago, not long after parting with my early 70s vintage Win. model 94 (which I'm still kicking myself about). Anyway, I have never really hunted with Savage much, but several years back I got to toying with the idea of putting a peep sight on it and using as a timber gun...after trying unsuccessfully to fine a peep sight the idea faded.

I'd like to hear yours, and others, experiences on using it for elk, and maybe moose or bear sized game?

Thanks.

I just noticed this. I can't help you with bear and moose. I'm a mule deer and elk hunter.

All my shots are close with 75 yds being a long shot, but have taken 100yds on occasion. Not that I felt the gun didn't have more range, but more of wanting the challenge of getting close. The 30-30 never let me down. I do restrict myself to double lung shots only. I use the 170gr partition bullet for elk, and the old old cheap core-lokt for deer. My gunsmith friend tells me the core-lokt is fine for elk too, but I feel safer with the partition. All he ever uses is the core-lokt, but hes shooting a .280 too.

So, partition 170gr, get close, good shot placement, and you'll do well.

buckbull
05-14-2013, 09:43 PM
I mostly use a Tikka T3 hunter in .300wm. I really like the .300wm for elk. Also have used .30-06 and .338wm; both in weatherby vanguard MOA models. All are topped with Leopold vx3 3x9. I choose the tikka more often due to the weight difference.

Lone Ranger
05-15-2013, 08:36 PM
Winchester Model 70 stainless Featherweight All Terrain 270 shooting 140 grain Nosler Accubonds.

hondo62
05-26-2013, 07:00 AM
I hunt with a Savage 30-06. I haven't found much you can't do with an 30-06.

crumy
05-26-2013, 08:50 AM
Thinking about getting a 7 mag to switch things up

COElkFreak
05-31-2013, 07:48 AM
Ruger MK 77 Mark II...in .338 Win Mag....backed up with a Howa .270....I also like chasing them with my Hoyt as well.

tttoadman
05-31-2013, 02:37 PM
300 win mag for me. I am setup with barnes 165 and a 4-12. It is the only gun I have ever bought.

If I head into brush I will use my dads old 06 with a little 2-7 scope.

Shooter
06-01-2013, 01:16 AM
My elk rifle is a Winchester M70 SS featherweight in 338-06.