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....
"Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I fee. One is the colors that fly high and proud The red, the white, the blue. The other one's got a rattlesnake With a simple statement made "Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave. Because this is me. I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs. And I've said it before but I'll say it again 'Cause my family's always fought and died to save this land. And a country boy is all I'll ever be."
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.
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."
He drove a GMC to start before the budget got eaten into, then quit the show 2 seasons early bc he was tired of being driving that rough riding goat.
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!