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#6277370 - 04/27/16 10:00 AM Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle
chital_shikari Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
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Loc: Katy, TX
Hypothetically, of course. grin

Caliber: 7mm-08, 270, or possibly 7mmRemMag
Budget: $2000, scope included. Wanting to keep it under $1500, if possible
Misc: wood stock

Looking at Monarch 5, VX3, and the Vanguard Sporter.

Have at it popcorn
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#6277400 - 04/27/16 10:25 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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Get you a Model 700 SPS in 300WM with a decent 4x12 power scope of your choice and go drop a hammer a bull!!!!!
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#6277403 - 04/27/16 10:28 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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Vanguard Sporter would be great in .270 or 7mm-08. Wouldn't get one in a magnum cartridge because the Sporter only comes with a 24" barrel in all calibers. I would want a 26" barrel with a 7mmRM. Just my opinion, there are many who like a 7mmRM with a 24" barrel.

Either scope would be great.
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#6277405 - 04/27/16 10:30 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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All around Texas 7mm-08

All around us 30-06

Elk gun 7mm rem/ 28 nosler running 195 Berger

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#6277407 - 04/27/16 10:31 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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You may be able to eek out a semi custom at 2k... 400 for an action. 800-1000 rebarrel

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#6277473 - 04/27/16 11:23 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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If you use a 7 mag, you can use light loads in it for general use and full power loads for elk. I use either Hornady Custom Lite or Remington Managed Recoil for deer in my 7 mag. The ballistics are almost identical to a 7mm-08. For the big stuff like nilgai and elk, I go back to the full power rounds.
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#6277488 - 04/27/16 11:32 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I feel you're going to get a bunch of different answers on caliber selection, but Cleric pretty much hit the nail on the head.

IMO a 30-06 is probably one of, if not the most versatile rifles out there. Bullet selection is great and reasonably priced for over the counter, has plenty of knock-down for an elk at decent range, but little enough for whitetail hunting. It's just an all around great caliber.

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#6277502 - 04/27/16 11:38 AM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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You have asked this question 100 times and you already know your answer. How is that tikka 7-08 you were going to buy ?

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#6277560 - 04/27/16 12:21 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I'd want something faster than a 7-08 for elk. I'd go 7 mag or 300 mag.
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#6277566 - 04/27/16 12:24 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I bought a 7mm rem. For elk but end up carrying my .270.

You'll shoot a .270 way more than a 7mm or .300 anyway

Go hunt a few times....if you make a habit of mountain hunting buy a dedicated elk rifle in .300 win.

Until then buy a good mid caliber deer rifle
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#6277582 - 04/27/16 12:32 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I killed both of my New Mexico bulls with a 270WSM. It's a Remington XCR topped with a Zeiss Conquest 4-14x44. Proabably have about $1500 in it. It's light enough to carry all day in the mountains but enough gun to down a bull.
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#6277595 - 04/27/16 12:38 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I shot mine with a tikka 300wsm with a leupold vx3 4.5-14x40 with a Boone and Crockett reticle
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#6277617 - 04/27/16 12:56 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: Toxarch]
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Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Toxarch
I'd want something faster than a 7-08 for elk. I'd go 7 mag or 300 mag.


Why? The 7x57 has been crushing African game for decades, at moderate speeds, and plains game are every bit as tough as elk. A 7mm-08 with good bullets like a partition, accubond, TTSX, etc will kill any elk anywhere when you put the bullet in the right place. All ad moderate recoil I might add.

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#6277647 - 04/27/16 01:21 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
Hypothetically, of course. grin

Caliber: 7mm-08, 270, or possibly 7mmRemMag
Budget: $2000, scope included. Wanting to keep it under $1500, if possible
Misc: wood stock

Looking at Monarch 5, VX3, and the Vanguard Sporter.

Have at it popcorn


Great choice! The only thing different I would look at is a Zeiss Terra. After using one I like them better than the Lp or the Nikon.

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#6277649 - 04/27/16 01:22 PM Re: Hypothetical Elk/allround rifle [Re: booradley]
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Originally Posted By: booradley
Vanguard Sporter would be great in .270 or 7mm-08. Wouldn't get one in a magnum cartridge because the Sporter only comes with a 24" barrel in all calibers. I would want a 26" barrel with a 7mmRM. Just my opinion, there are many who like a 7mmRM with a 24" barrel.

Either scope would be great.


In 2017 the Vanguard will come with a 26" barrel in magnum calibers!

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