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#5995559 - 10/26/15 06:26 PM Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation
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I'm taking my son (11yr old) on either a cow or cull bull hunt in January. I've been soliciting advice from Chad on loads for my 6.5 Creed w/Phantom LT on the front because I know he can handle it. I'd be using the 140gr LRAB from Chad for the hunt to use in the Creed.

My Dad brought up another idea this evening...7x57 with a 160gr - 175gr bullet, which he should be able to handle as well. I plan on keeping shots to 150 yards or less just to stay in his comfort level. I also plan on backing him up with either my 30.06 or buddies .300WM

Which direction would you go?

#5995565 - 10/26/15 06:28 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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Seems very hard to go wrong with the 7x57 pushing a 160 grain Nosler Partition. That said, I'd say that shot placement is the key here. Which rifle does the kid like? Use that one.
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#5995683 - 10/26/15 07:31 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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Either one will do fine with good shot placement.

Be a good time to slowly introduce him to stress situation shooting. Not Police and Military where a person is threatening, just loud sounds, time limits, ect, where he learns to tune out everything and make a clean shot. It will really help when the buck (cow) fever kicks in. Get stable, hold still, exhale, slow steady pressure on the trigger, follow through. Nothing to it...

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#5995695 - 10/26/15 07:35 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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I'd use the creed all day long with a 129 ABLR or 130 VLD.

#5995853 - 10/26/15 08:56 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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I can attest to the 168gr Berger Hunter 7mm bullet doing very well on elk. I am shooting them from a 280 Remington but not that much faster than the 7X57mm. I think the 6.5 will be fine as well with the right bullet.
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#5995929 - 10/26/15 09:34 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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Loc: Blanco texas
Either will do well...I like heavy for caliber and both bullets you are talking about are. The 7x57 is a wonderful round. I watched a good friend of mine take a very big eland with a "little 7x57" and a 175 grain pill.. Dropped that big animal like a sac of taters... I think someone else said it....shot placement!!!


Edited by 505ed (10/26/15 09:38 PM)

#6000378 - 10/29/15 12:21 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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There you go!

John 5:24

#6001094 - 10/29/15 09:25 PM Re: Cull Elk Hunt Recommendation [Re: TCB]
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I'd say let the kid decide. Whichever he can shoot better at a maximum distance, and is more comfortable with.

I'd shoot the Mauser, but that's because I have experience with that and not with the 6.5. My cup, not yours. wink
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