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    .325 WSM for elk?

    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?

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    Knappy that is a great cartridge for elk! I load for a buddy who has a Winchester Model 70 in 325 WSM. He shoots both the 200 gr. Partition and 200 gr. Accubond and has taken several nice bulls with that cartridge and load. It's very pleasant shooting and I don't feel it kicks any harder than my 30-06. It was very easy working up a load for his rifle and both loads I have for it shoot under an inch at 100 yards - 3-shots with most being about 3/4" groups. I used IMR4350 and it worked very well for both of those bullets.
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    Thank you 6mm Remington. I was debating on using this gun in .325 WSM or going out to purchase a .300 WM for elk. What distances is your buddy shooting out to? With proper shot placement, can the .325 WSM be a 500 yard elk caliber?

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    Since I use a 270win and find it does the job I'm sure the 325wsm will be very effective as long as you can put the bullet where it needs to go.

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    The 325WSM is supposed to combine 300 WM trajectory with 338 WM energy. It should be a great elk caliber and have plenty of energy for elk out to 500 yds.
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    Thanks MM. I appreciate the help. I'm primarily a bowhunter. But I wouldn't mind smacking an elk, or wild pig, with a rifle. I guess the .325 WSM will work for both. I'd say it's a better choice over my 25-06 for both.

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    Do you already have the 325? IMO the 25-06 is on the lighter side for elk but it can certainly get the job done too. I shoot a 270 Win.
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    This Browning rifle also has a muzzle break so I'll have to make sure I have ear protection handy while hunting. I just need to find a load that the rifle likes, get out there and shoot it to see how the rifle shoots at various ranges. I haven't hunted with a rifle in years!!! I think I'll be using this rifle, over my 25-06, on pigs when I get back from Afghanistan. I'm excited to try it out.

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    IMO 25-06 would be plenty for pigs. Dont know where you will be hunting them but pigs are generally not to far of shots. 30-30 win in a lever action is as good as it gets for most pig hunting IMO.
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    I'm sure it would do the job well,

    I'd probably just get a .300wsm, much more popular I believe, here to stay, at least for a while. Worst case get some 200 or 220gr 300wsm loaded up for you, but I think 165 or 180gr 300wsm would do the job on an elk well in most situations.

    If you want more than a 300, I'd look at a .338win.mag. or .340weatherby (225grs@3100fps Tipped TSX)

 

 

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