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.
i shoot remington 700 sendero 7mm bergers also with hogden h-1000 for powder huskemaw scope hard to beat that mixture
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.
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.
Winchester M-70.....30-06.....165 gr. boat-tails. 3x9 Bushnell.
Man that is awesome. It just goes to show that you really don't need high priced guns to kill your game.
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.
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.
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:
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. ;)
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!!! ;)