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    I like Husky's choice of a .338 win mag or 340 WBY if you're looking strictly for an elk gun (I shoot the Weatherby). I've seen a big difference in how animals react when smacked with a 270 or an .06 versus a big gun. I switched from a 30.06 to a 340 twenty years ago on the advice of an outfitter friend of mine. I was blown away when I shot my first elk with it at 300 yards and watched it do cartwheels down the hill. My .06 never got a reaction like that from any animal. I like 210 Nosler Partitions but may like the Accubonds after I get more experience with them. The only downside of the magnum calibers with quality bullets is the cost of the ammunition.

    For an all around western hunting caliber I would get a 300 WBY (I wish I had one), a 300 Win mag or the 300 WSM.

    I have break on my 340 but never use it when hunting. If you feel you need a break check out Vais Arms, they make an excellent recoil reducing break that is not as loud as some others so I put one on my youngest daughter's 270 win. and it shoots like a BB gun. They are a bit spendy.

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    Thank you all for the inputs. I do not have the .325 WSM yet. I'm looking at getting it when I get back from Afghanistan. I was wondering if I should get the .325 or go with a .300 WM. That's why I asked, to see if anyone else is using them. I guess it's the same discussing as which truck is better... Ford vs Chevy. I'm sure both calibers will kill an elk just fine. I definitely want something bigger than my .25-06.

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    I agree with Husky Musky, my brother shoots a 300. wsm and loves it, if I were ever to switch from my 300.wm for elk it would be for the 300 wsm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knappy View Post
    Is anyone using the .325 WSM for elk?

    I tried doing a search here in the forum but I keep getting an error message.

    Thoughts? Pros or cons?
    Knappy,

    I am 6' 2" and 250 pounds and I hate recoil... not sure about you. It sounds like you want a 0-500 yard elk gun. IMO there are gobs of calibers that will work great but you decision should be based on your comfort. .270-.338 ultra mag will all work 0-500 yards on an elk. I like less recoil and shoot a 30-06 with good loads. I am just under 2900fps with a 165 grain bullet. Below is a comparison of the 30-06 load I shoot, the 300 Mag with a 165 grain, and the 325 with a 200 grain. All are sighted in at 250 yards and sea level for the ballistics calculator.

    30-06 - 165 grain 2890 fps
    500 yards bullet drop = -35.4" 1516 foot pounds of energy


    300 magnum - 165 grain 3100fps
    500 yards bullet drop = -30.3" 1782 foot pounds of energy

    325 WSW - 200 grains 2900 fps
    500 yards bullet drop = -35.2" 1852 foot pounds of energy

    Not that much difference to me. I am more comfortable shooting the 30-06 without a muzzle break. I can buy my ammo much cheaper as well. Just my 2 cents...

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    IMO caliber is really more a personal preference then anything. There are lots of them that will get the job done. It also can depend on what gun you want it in and how important a good selection of factory ammo is to you. If I were buying a new gun I would get a WSM because they fit in a short action and a lighter gun then something like a 300 WM or UMAG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    IMO caliber is really more a personal preference then anything. There are lots of them that will get the job done. It also can depend on what gun you want it in and how important a good selection of factory ammo is to you. If I were buying a new gun I would get a WSM because they fit in a short action and a lighter gun then something like a 300 WM or UMAG.
    +1 on this. Pick something you want, choose the proper bullet that shoots well in your rifle, and practice with it.

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    Pretty much what MM said. There's a lot to like about the .325WSM and I wouldn't hesitate to shoot or own one.

    Here's your problem.....ammo availability. Even with the more popular .270 and .300 WSMs, ammo for them is slim pickings and expensive. Even reloading is expensive for that matter. Where as if you went with a .300 Win Mag you'd have a lot more choices in ammo at the local sporting goods store. And look at what Hilltop said above.....pretty close numbers between the two.

    Cabelas online right now:

    .300 Win mag - 21 choices

    .325 WSM - 1 choice (Nosler TG)

    .300 WIN mag similar ammo to the Nosler TG - $52.00

    .325 WSM Nos TG - $68.00

    Just for another comparison, there are 12 choices for .300 WSM on cablas, and the Nos TG is $58 a box.

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    Oh, and the 1 choice they had for the .325 -- is on back order. Great round that was designed well. Just didn't turn out as popular as it should have been. What would happen if you were on a hunt and somehow lost your ammo (airline or whatever). You wouldn't be able to find any easily for the .325WSM. That's seriously my only ding in the caliber. I think its great other than the ammo situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobbhunts View Post
    Oh, and the 1 choice they had for the .325 -- is on back order. Great round that was designed well. Just didn't turn out as popular as it should have been. What would happen if you were on a hunt and somehow lost your ammo (airline or whatever). You wouldn't be able to find any easily for the .325WSM. That's seriously my only ding in the caliber. I think its great other than the ammo situation.

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    It's my opinion that the .325WSM will go the way of the 5mm rimfire,the .17mach2, the 8mm and the .218 bee. Into oblivion. Get a 30.06, you can find ammo anywhere and in a wider selection than any calibers mention. And try not to shoot at elk at 500yds.

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    Tis' also my opinion SBE. Unfortunately there's too many other calibers that it has to compete with that are either close in performance, or exceed the 325. If you just want to buy expensive hard to find ammo, and knock the sh&# out of what you're aiming at, get a .340wby lol

    The .340wby happens to be one of my all time favorite rounds and I'll own one before I die!!

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