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    Elk Rifle - What do you shoot?

    I?ll be getting a new rifle next year and I?m not exactly sure what caliber I want to get. Interested to know what everyone shoots and what kind of cartridge?

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    weatherby Caamilla in .243 win

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    .30 caliber bullet with 180 weight or better will likely suit your purposes just fine. I have a .300 Win Mag Savage Model 11 that has now killed 4 bulls with relative ease.

    My .300 WBY Mag has a long kill count and I have a load worked up with 180 grain bullets it likes really well.

    My .30-06 has the highest death count of all my rifles and truth be told is probably the gun I am most confident with. That thing likes just about every factor load out there and has dropped plenty of elk.
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    I shoot a custom .300 Wby. A friend of my Dads knew I was retiring and moving to Colorado. He was an avid big game hunter all his life. He was 88 and just couldn't do it anymore. He gave me his .300 that he had hunted all over the world with. It was commercial Mauser that was sold by Stoeger in the 60's. I couldn't get it to shoot, so took it to my 'smith. He said barrel was gone. So he rebarreled it with a Shilen match SS barrel. I restocked it with a B & C pillar bedded stock and added a Leupold VXIII 4x14 with a ballistic turret. Shoots sub moa out to 500 yards.

    I load all my own ammo. I use a 180 gr Nosler Partition over 86.5 gr Reloader 25 powder. 3125 fps.
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    I shoot a 30-06 with 165 grain Hornady Interbonds. I have taken 20+ elk with this setup. As a hunter and guide, I have seen a gob of different calibers kill elk and I'm not sure there is a perfect, one size fits all for everyone. Recoil, shooting distances, and ability are all things to be considered. I personally don't shoot high recoil guns very well so I stick with my 30-06. Better to have a non-magmum in the boiler room than a marginal shot from a magnum.

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    My go to elk rifle any more is a .340 Weatherby shooting 225 grain Barnes TTSX at 3000 fps hand loads.

    It has dropped everything that I have shot at with it.
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    From now on it will be my Rifles Inc lightweight 70 in 300 win mag with a Swaro Z5 3.5-18x scope with a ballistic turret. I shoot handloads with 180gr Accubonds at 2956fps. I haven't drawn an elk tag since getting this rifle built last year.

    In the past I've taken bulls with a 7mm Rem Mag using 175gr CoreLokt factory ammo, and a 270 win with 150gr Partitions or 140gr Accubonds. They worked fine too. I wanted a bigger gun for a moose hunt I have coming up so I had the light 300 built to be my "everything bigger than deer" gun going forward.

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    I shoot 165 grain Barnes TTSX in 300 win mag. The rifle has a muzzle break but is a joy to shoot with hearing protection.

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    Savage 110 in .270 Win. I use it for everything. 130 grain soft points do just fine on elk. I don't take shots over 300 yards. I always hit exactly where I'm aiming.

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