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#6037797 - 11/18/15 06:31 PM .308 for Elk hunting
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Registered: 11/26/12
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Loc: Harris County
Looking to do a Elk hunt next year will the .308 be enough gun?

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#6037802 - 11/18/15 06:34 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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Sure. Use the right bullet, and limit your range and you'll be fine.

What barrel length? What ammo (or handload) were you planning to use?
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#6038029 - 11/18/15 08:27 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
Just Nate Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
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Loc: Austin, TX
Yes, 308 is fine for Elk. It will work well.

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#6038233 - 11/18/15 10:39 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Unless I was expecting extreme ranges, I'd take my .308 rather than buy something new. If the guide said be prepared to go to 500-600 yards, I'd add a 300 Win Mag to my collection or borrow one.
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#6038237 - 11/18/15 10:43 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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Killed mine a couple of months ago, loaded with Chad's bullets.

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#6038560 - 11/19/15 08:58 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
7x57 Offline
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I'd say under 400 yards is fine for .308.

As others said, bullet selection will be more of a factor. Go with something like a TSX, GMX, partitions, etc.

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#6038630 - 11/19/15 09:26 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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Thanks guys,im thinking about using TSX

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#6038664 - 11/19/15 09:38 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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The 308 Win is fine for elk. The most elk killin' fool that I know uses a 308 Win and culls about 500-800 cows a year.

Originally Posted By: mason15
Thanks guys,im thinking about using TSX


However, I would not recommend the TSX. The copper bullets will punch all the way through, but they do not have the shock of a lead bullet. If you did go TSX, I'd lean towards a fast one, like a 150 grain. But a 165 or 180 grain bonded bullet would be very good medicine.
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#6038665 - 11/19/15 09:39 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: kmartinusa]
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Originally Posted By: kmartinusa
Killed mine a couple of months ago, loaded with Chad's bullets.

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Awesome!! Which round did you use?
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#6038701 - 11/19/15 09:56 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
However, I would not recommend the TSX. The copper bullets will punch all the way through, but they do not have the shock of a lead bullet. If you did go TSX, I'd lean towards a fast one, like a 150 grain. But a 165 or 180 grain bonded bullet would be very good medicine.


I agree with chad, 308 doesn't have enough speed for a tsx.
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#6038730 - 11/19/15 10:13 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: mason15]
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A 175gr bullet running 2700 for will carry 1000ftlbs out to 700 yards under most all environmental condition. That is plenty of killing power. If you have 100% confidence in your 308, happy hunting and don't over think it

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#6038794 - 11/19/15 10:47 AM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: SingleShot85]
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Originally Posted By: SingleShot85
A 175gr bullet running 2700 for will carry 1000ftlbs out to 700 yards under most all environmental condition. That is plenty of killing power. If you have 100% confidence in your 308, happy hunting and don't over think it


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#6039113 - 11/19/15 01:41 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
The 308 Win is fine for elk. The most elk killin' fool that I know uses a 308 Win and culls about 500-800 cows a year.

Originally Posted By: mason15
Thanks guys,im thinking about using TSX


However, I would not recommend the TSX. The copper bullets will punch all the way through, but they do not have the shock of a lead bullet. If you did go TSX, I'd lean towards a fast one, like a 150 grain. But a 165 or 180 grain bonded bullet would be very good medicine.

What kind of bullets would you recommend?

I ask so that in the future I won't recommend something that might not be ideal. Sorry for any misinformation. hammer

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#6039511 - 11/19/15 06:02 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: 7x57]
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I'd try 165gr Partitions, AccuBonds, or Hornady SP /BTSP from your .308 at normal .308 Win speeds. See which one your rifle likes, sharpen your knives, and go find yourself an elk!

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#6039553 - 11/19/15 06:31 PM Re: .308 for Elk hunting [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
The 308 Win is fine for elk. The most elk killin' fool that I know uses a 308 Win and culls about 500-800 cows a year.

Originally Posted By: mason15
Thanks guys,im thinking about using TSX


However, I would not recommend the TSX. The copper bullets will punch all the way through, but they do not have the shock of a lead bullet. If you did go TSX, I'd lean towards a fast one, like a 150 grain. But a 165 or 180 grain bonded bullet would be very good medicine.


Who has to kill 500-800 elk a year? That's alot of meat.
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