Shooting corelokt is kind of like driving a Dodge. The idea is that it will deliver and get from point A to point B, but chances are always really good that it'll fall apart before it's intended....
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I have also seen a cow elk show no reaction when I shot her through the lungs at 20 yards with my 340. But on the flip side I have never my 30.06 or my daughters' 270s show a real hard knockdown type of reaction. The 340 seems to send a big shock wave through the animals which puts them on the ground faster and causes them to die quickly.
That's why I'm a fan of the magnum calibers.
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First big game hunt? I wouldnt recommend the 300. Unless you've shot a friends' 300, listen to swampokie and stick to the 7mm or 270
I personaly would stick with your 7mm you're really not gaining much by stepping up to a 300 win mag exspecialy a borrowed one. I love my 7mag easy to reload for
For elk in my eyes
in 7mm I would be shooting a 160gr bullet, not 175gr.
In 300 probably 180grs, but possibly 165 or maybe even 200gr if it were a .300wby etc... or handloads etc...
If you own a 7mm that would be my choice, if you were borrowing/buying a 300 I wouldn't go that route,
if you had neither and were buying either, I would probably lean 300, but if you own a 7mm, I think my next big rifle would be some sort of .338 or .375
btw a 7mm 160gr TSX or other quality bullet will do the job on an elk!