Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Broomfield Co
    Posts
    111
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 17 Times in 13 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts

    308 caliber best (in your opinion) for elk

    Hello all

    I love my trusty savage 308. Had it for years an years. When elk hunting I've used mainly a 165 gr hornady round. I love the round an weight, plenty of stopping power with a well placed shot......with that said. What's are some of y'all's favorite in 308? I'm wanting to try something else if I'm missing out on a great round. Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,089
    Thanks
    74
    Thanked 119 Times in 104 Posts
    Congratulations
    18
    Congratulated 1 Time in 1 Post
    165 in .308 are about as good as you can use. have you tried 150? may shoot straighter for ya and still has more than enough umph to bring that beast down. but if 165 has been working for ya, stick with it.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Broomfield Co
    Posts
    111
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 17 Times in 13 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by ivorytip View Post
    165 in .308 are about as good as you can use. have you tried 150? may shoot straighter for ya and still has more than enough umph to bring that beast down. but if 165 has been working for ya, stick with it.
    I haven't no. I must admit I was kind of grandfathered into the 165 (dad shot it). But I was just Curious about it after a recent trip to the range and thinking about bullet drop an muzzle v. I'll more than likely stick with what I'm use to but wanted to Know if I was missing the ticket on a "better round"

    Thanks Ivory

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Dolores, Colorado
    Posts
    2,644
    Thanks
    187
    Thanked 450 Times in 337 Posts
    Congratulations
    23
    Congratulated 8 Times in 6 Posts
    Not trying to start anything, but my baseline performance measurement is 3000fps and .308 doesn't make it. All my big game rifles hit that mark or better. I am sure that my baseline is way to high for lots of whitetail hunters, but I hunt the west almost almost exclusively. The 3k fps gives me great performance out to 400+ yds.

    With that said, I also firmly believe that you must be very confident in your gun and shoot it a lot. The more comfortable it is, the better shooter you become. Use it, practice and get good with it.
    Last edited by Colorado Cowboy; 11-03-2013 at 11:46 AM.
    Colorado Cowboy
    Cowboy Action Shooter; Endowment Life Member-NRA
    The Original Rocket Scientist-Retired
    "My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."
    Aldous Huxley

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    East ND
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    So a .300 win mag loaded with a 180 gr Partition wouldn't be enough for you? It blew a big hole through my mulie at 320 yards this season, and I would have bet any elk would have dropped there. I'm not arguing, just curious. So you believe speed kills? I haven't decided my part on that argument. If you love speed, get 7.82 Warbird! You'll be getting close to 4000 FPS with a 150 gr bullet haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    Not trying to start anything, but my baseline performance measurement is 3000fps and .308 doesn't make it. All my big game rifles hit that mark or better. I am sure that my baseline is way to high for lots of whitetail hunters, but I hunt the west almost almost exclusively. The 3k fps gives me great performance out to 400+ yds.

    With that said, I also firmly believe that you must be very confident in your gun and shoot it a lot. The more comfortable it is, the better shooter you become. Use it, practice and get good with it.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Dolores, Colorado
    Posts
    2,644
    Thanks
    187
    Thanked 450 Times in 337 Posts
    Congratulations
    23
    Congratulated 8 Times in 6 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Multi-SpeciesHunter View Post
    So a .300 win mag loaded with a 180 gr Partition wouldn't be enough for you? It blew a big hole through my mulie at 320 yards this season, and I would have bet any elk would have dropped there. I'm not arguing, just curious. So you believe speed kills? I haven't decided my part on that argument. If you love speed, get 7.82 Warbird! You'll be getting close to 4000 FPS with a 150 gr bullet haha.
    I didn't say anything about "speed kills" pard. Read my post again carefully. What I said was that a baseline of 3000fps gives you much better performance out to 400 yds. A 400 yd shot are not unusual hunting in the open country I hunt. If you can't get 3000fps out of a .300 Win Mag with a 180 gr bullet, somethings wrong. I have a .300 Wby I handload for that I get 3200 fps with a 180 Nosler Partition very easily. Fact is with that load I shoot moa out to 500 yds. I also shoot moa out to 500 yda with my 30-06 with my hand loads. Mv is 3150 with a Sierra Gameking 150 gr BT.
    Colorado Cowboy
    Cowboy Action Shooter; Endowment Life Member-NRA
    The Original Rocket Scientist-Retired
    "My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."
    Aldous Huxley

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    East ND
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    I didn't say anything about "speed kills" pard. Read my post again carefully. What I said was that a baseline of 3000fps gives you much better performance out to 400 yds. A 400 yd shot are not unusual hunting in the open country I hunt. If you can't get 3000fps out of a .300 Win Mag with a 180 gr bullet, somethings wrong. I have a .300 Wby I handload for that I get 3200 fps with a 180 Nosler Partition very easily. Fact is with that load I shoot moa out to 500 yds. I also shoot moa out to 500 yda with my 30-06 with my hand loads. Mv is 3150 with a Sierra Gameking 150 gr BT.
    My .300 Winnie shoots a little under 3000 FPS. I do agree that 3000 FPS is probably an ok bet if you plan to shoot that far. I did not mean to say you were totally for "speed kills" , my bad.

    2,950 FPS .300 Win Mag 180 gr versus a 3,200 FPS .300 Weatherby. You will not see field difference. I can kill an Elk at 400 yards just as dead as you can.

    The common amount of energy said to kill an elk is anywhere from 1200 to 1500 pounds. We will both have more than enough at 400yds. But I don't meet the 3000 FPS baseline.
    ( I won't shoot animals past that anyway)

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    loretto ky
    Posts
    180
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 15 Times in 14 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 11 Times in 2 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Multi-SpeciesHunter View Post
    So a .300 win mag loaded with a 180 gr Partition wouldn't be enough for you? It blew a big hole through my mulie at 320 yards this season, and I would have bet any elk would have dropped there. I'm not arguing, just curious. So you believe speed kills? I haven't decided my part on that argument. If you love speed, get 7.82 Warbird! You'll be getting close to 4000 FPS with a 150 gr bullet haha.
    The thing with speed is the less time your bullet is in the air the less time there is for wind to push it off target an less time for your target to move have seen game take a step an make a perfect shot a not so perfect shot I see it both ways I try to load 2900fps an up my 300 rum shoots 168 gr at 3280 I can get more out of it but lighten up the kick an cut holes at 200 with that load an will push 150 gr 3500fps but I feel that bullet is a little light

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    East ND
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky hunter View Post
    The thing with speed is the less time your bullet is in the air the less time there is for wind to push it off target an less time for your target to move have seen game take a step an make a perfect shot a not so perfect shot I see it both ways I try to load 2900fps an up my 300 rum shoots 168 gr at 3280 I can get more out of it but lighten up the kick an cut holes at 200 with that load an will push 150 gr 3500fps but I feel that bullet is a little light
    Love the RUM! Good balance of foot-pounds and speed. But I feel many people say "speed kills" when really a fast .257 can definitely be blown off course at 500 yards. It is just a smaller bullet. But a larger bullet like a 30-378 or RUM, will have the speed and size to not be blown off course.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    loretto ky
    Posts
    180
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 15 Times in 14 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 11 Times in 2 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Multi-SpeciesHunter View Post
    Love the RUM! Good balance of foot-pounds and speed. But I feel many people say "speed kills" when really a fast .257 can definitely be blown off course at 500 yards. It is just a smaller bullet. But a larger bullet like a 30-378 or RUM, will have the speed and size to not be blown off course.
    The high the bc of the bullet the better an on most bullets the bigger they are the higher the bc is a big bullet with a high bc will out run a smaller faster bullet down range an less wind drift I just went with the 168 to lighten up the recoil

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Your opinion on Nevada increasing tags
    By Ikeepitcold in forum Nevada
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 08-13-2012, 09:41 PM
  2. Replies: 20
    Last Post: 08-12-2012, 05:33 PM
  3. Spotting Scope Opinion needed
    By Ikeepitcold in forum Optics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-20-2012, 10:03 PM
  4. Opinion on best OTC Archery Unit for elk?
    By elkhntr98 in forum Colorado
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-16-2012, 11:42 AM
  5. .30 olympic caliber
    By shootbrownelk in forum Guns, Muzzleloaders and Ammo
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-31-2011, 10:10 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •