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#13543488 - 02/08/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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I've never killed a elk.... grin


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#13544639 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Originally Posted by George_De_Vries_3rd

Roughly in order of use:

340 Wby (learned to love the cartridge/platform I had)
30/06
45 Colt*
45/70
284 Win (ditto)

*Ruger RH


That’s about ten bulls (340 - 8; 30/06 - 1; 284 - 1). Two cows at about 30-45 yds with the 45C and 45/70. Three bulls were taken at about 100-125 yds with the remaining 6 taken from 400 to 500 yds, the furtherest at about 480 yds.

My 340 which really slammed those further ones was on R 700 with a Brown Prec Classic stock, 3-pos safety, and a Sako-type claw extractor, and a Decelerator pad. Scoped it came to 8.5 lbs which I found about ideal for that cartridge. After many bullets I settled on the 210-gr TSX.

Most recently, I used a Rifles Inc lightweight Strata 284 with a 3” box and with a leup 6x36 with LR dots. I took this bull right at about a 100 yds, a smack-down with a140-gr TTSX (3100 fps) through the spine at the neck-shoulder juncture. This rifle with its scope is under 6 lbs, a weight more to my liking now.

#13544889 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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only 3 but in order...
cow 7mm Wby Mag @ 40ish yards
5x5 bull .270 WCF @ 45 yard
7x8 bull with 100gr fixed blade broad-head on an arrow @ 20 yards


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#13544926 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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two different 30/06's.... is that considered one or two guns?


All of them do something better than the 30-06, but none of them do everything as well.
#13545703 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: Overkill375]  
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Originally Posted by Overkill375
6.8 SPC, 308, 300 wsm, 300 mag, 300 h&h, 30-06, 6.5 creed, 35 Whelen, 375 RUM, 270, 350 rem mag, 450 marlin,



I forgot the 300 RUM also

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#13545716 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: Judman]  
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Originally Posted by Judman
I've never killed a elk.... grin

Me neither, but my rifles have.....😎


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#13545818 - 02/09/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: 340mag]  
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Originally Posted by 340mag
anyone else look over the cartridges list and realize that damn near anything in a center fire cartridge,
used in the hands of a decent shot that knows the games anatomy will work,
its simply getting into reasonable range and finding the game,
not the limitations of the rifle being used thats critical to success.
I'm certainly not suggesting some choices don,t have advantageous properties,
in range and penetration or flat trajectory,
only that its the hunters skill and experience, not the rifle selected, thats more critical.
if guys are successful with a 44 mag, and other guys use a 375 H&H, or a 257 Roberts ,successfully
obviously power and penetration and flat trajectory are not as super critical,
as getting a shot at the vitals,within reasonable ranges your comfortable with, with a rifle your familiar with using


I was surprised at the 22 centerfires.


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#13548384 - 02/10/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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yeah, I,ve often wondered if elk being a reasonably large,400-800 plus lb animal had a tendency,
if wounded,,too stomp and gore hunters like a cape buffalo ,or claw and bite like a Kodiak bear,
if we would see what I consider rather un-realistically light caliber rifles being used on elk.
I know a few guys in my hunt club think theres nothing unsporting or unethical in using a 24-25 caliber rifle,
on elk, I know of a few cases where several follow -up shots were required,
now obviously bullet selection shot placement and hunter skill plays a huge part here, not just the cartridge used....
but still I think if the hunter could reasonably be expected to be at serious risk if he failed to deliver a first shot stop mortal wound,
we might see a shift to larger bores and a bit more power in respect to the consequences of failing to deliver a rapidly lethal wound

#13548454 - 02/10/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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I admit I don’t ‘now chat about elk hunting. I’m surprised to see the 6mm and 243 replies. I have heard of 270s being used on elk however.


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#13549684 - 02/10/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: alwaysoutdoors]  
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Originally Posted by alwaysoutdoors
I admit I don’t ‘now chat about elk hunting. I’m surprised to see the 6mm and 243 replies. I have heard of 270s being used on elk however.


I shot a small bull a few years ago using a 243 with a chest shot, through the heart at 350 yards. He dropped on the spot.

My wife shot a huge bull this year. She used a 6 creedmoor. The bull ran about 20 yards and fell from a lung shot.

Bravo

#13549981 - 02/10/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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45-70
35 Whelan
338-06
30-06

I've hunted them with an assortment of weapons but these have been in my hands the most when I've found them.


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#13552292 - 02/11/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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I’ve only killed one- used a .300 Winchester. Might try something different the next time I head out, although the .300 certainly did a fine job.


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#13553346 - 02/12/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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.270 WSM
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7 mm Rem Mag
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.300 Win
.300 Weatherby
.300 Ultra
.308
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.348 Win Forgot a couple cows with the 71. Dunno how many with each rifle/caliber. Maybe half a dozen cows and 4 dozen bulls in AZ, CO, ID, NM, Wyo. Hunted em once each in UT and NV and not connected, Yet.




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#13559602 - 02/13/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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Seven elk in eight trips
4 with Ruger 30.06
last 3 with Sako 30.06
All with 165 boattails

0 for 1 with my bow

#13564330 - 02/15/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: dale06]  
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Originally Posted by dale06
Originally Posted by 340mag
anyone else look over the cartridges list and realize that damn near anything in a center fire cartridge,
used in the hands of a decent shot that knows the games anatomy will work,
its simply getting into reasonable range and finding the game,
not the limitations of the rifle being used thats critical to success.
I'm certainly not suggesting some choices don,t have advantageous properties,
in range and penetration or flat trajectory,
only that its the hunters skill and experience, not the rifle selected, thats more critical.
if guys are successful with a 44 mag, and other guys use a 375 H&H, or a 257 Roberts ,successfully
obviously power and penetration and flat trajectory are not as super critical,
as getting a shot at the vitals,within reasonable ranges your comfortable with, with a rifle your familiar with using


I was surprised at the 22 centerfires.



I hunt with a 338 RUM and I know its over powered, but I like it. My partner hunts with a 7mm RM. I shoot 210 grain, he shoots 160 grain. Ive seen 28 of 29 elk shot that we've taken together. He shot one when we were separated once. If the bullet is in the vitals, there is little difference in killing efficiency. The RUM does hit harder, and the animals often display a larger reaction to the shot. However, if that first shot is in the vitals, they don't go anywhere to speak of. Maybe a death dash down hill or something. If the first shot is in a bad spot, they require follow up shots. Doesn't matter which gun is used. We have been hunting elk in Colorado with over the counter bull tags and left over cow tags. So our bulls are rag horn 5points. I guess 3 year old bulls most of the time, so not huge elk. My brother hunts private property (for big $) in southern Colorado and his elk are in the 6-9 year old range and they are noticeably larger animals. He uses a 300 RUM. There is actually a sign hanging in the outfitter's lodge near the door that STRONGLY recommends 300 win mag as a minimum cartridge. I find that silly, but that is their point of view.


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#13570602 - 02/16/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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maybe a couple more...

#13574064 - 02/17/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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#13594391 - 02/23/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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The first rifle was a Sako AV in 375 H-H.

Next was Mossberg Patriot in 30-06.

last two were with a Howa in 308 winchester.

My biggest was with a 20 year old bow. High country machined supreme. LOL.


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#13598364 - 02/24/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: jfw042]  
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Originally Posted by jfw042
I admittedly spend much more time on this forum reading others posts than I do offering any input. That being said, I've noticed that one of the most repeated themes is what rifle/caliber/load do you use or is best for elk? That in turn got me thinking about my own experience & was struck by how eclectic it is. So, here goes what I can remember. Largest bull was killed with a 7X57 shooting 175 grain Hornadys. Smallest bull was shot with a .270 using 150 grain Sierras. Longest shot was with a .338 WM using 250 gr Sierras. Closest shot was with a .416 wildcat based on a blown out .325 WSM shooting 400 gr Hornadys (really glad nothing was behind that one....) Most elk overall with the same rifle is a 7X64 Brenneke shooting 154 Hornadys, only because it has been my trusted go to for the last 20 years or so if I'm not trying something different. So here is a list of rifles I have killed elk with, some of them just one while some of them multiples. Pre 64 Winchester .270 standard grade, pre 64 super grade .270 Winchester, commercial Mauser 7X64 Brenneke, custom commercial Mauser.338 Win Mag, Custom Mauser .270 Win.,Ruger 77 7X57, previously mentioned .416 on Montana Rifle action, 1895 Winchester .30-40 Krag, original Newton Arms .256 Newton, 1886 Winchester (reproduction) extra light .45-70, and last but not least, a 2nd year production 1894 Winchester .30-30 takedown rifle. That is it as I recall. Hunting partner has taken more elk than I ever will & every one of them was with the same pre 64 standard grade 30-06 using nothing but 165 grain Speer flat bases. Please tell what you have used, I'm really interested to hear what others have used over time.


"Eclectic" is a word I don't see used much on hunting and gun forums. Are you one of those transplanted Californians by any chance? Seriously that's quite a list of rifles you've named! Couldn't quite figure out which one you really favor huh?


My g8-g8 uncle was Barney Riggs. Google and read about him. He roamed around the southwest, mainly west Tx and Az and NM territory. History credits him with from 9 - 12 men he killed, not counting Mexicans and Indians. Family lore has it at 18.
#13615913 - 03/01/19 Re: How many different rifles have you killed elk with? [Re: RMiller2]  
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Originally Posted by RMiller2
The first rifle was a Sako AV in 375 H-H.

Next was Mossberg Patriot in 30-06.

last two were with a Howa in 308 winchester.

My biggest was with a 20 year old bow. High country machined supreme. LOL.

yay! good on ya!

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