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#6520240 - 10/31/16 03:56 PM Elk/Mule deer gun
ejj005 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 234
Loc: College Station, TX
Ok so looking forward in the next few years, I am wanting to try my hand at doing a little more than whitetail hunting. I use a 243 and a 308 religiously hunting deer and hogs. But I am thinking I need to upgrade to a larger cartridge. Not looking to shoot 500 yds but if the need arises would like the ability. Main thing for me is having a clean and humane kill which I know with a 308 and me doing my part I would be fine.

So as far as new rifles go what are the best options? Under $1000 preferably. Tikka, weatherby, or Remington 700? Calibers? 30-06, 270, 7mm, 300 win mag? What do you guys think?

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#6520250 - 10/31/16 04:03 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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You'll only get about 20 different answers on this...

.308 is all you really need, but what's the fun of elk hunting if you can't do it with a new toy? wink

I'm partial to my .300WSM and have elk and a number of mulies under it's belt. Versatile flat shooting round.
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#6520252 - 10/31/16 04:04 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: dkershen]
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
You'll only get about 20 different answers on this...

.308 is all you really need, but what's the fun of elk hunting if you can't do it with a new toy? wink

I'm partial to my .300WSM and have elk and a number of mulies under it's belt. Versatile flat shooting round.


$1000 inclusive of glass?
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#6520293 - 10/31/16 04:25 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
TexFlip Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
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The WSM family in my mind are perfect elk cartridges with 270 WSM being my go to.


Edited by TexFlip (10/31/16 04:25 PM)
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#6520324 - 10/31/16 04:37 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
Revoman Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: Abilene Texas
I've shot everything but an elk with my 280. Wouldn't hesitate one second on using it. Kind of like my 300 WM that I've been using the past two years. Dropped two mulies with it so far.
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#6520391 - 10/31/16 05:19 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 09/26/09
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Loc: Denton,Tx
I would take my 270 wsm and either 140 gr Trophy Bonded Tips or 150 gr Nosler Partitions, if I was going after elk.
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#6520400 - 10/31/16 05:23 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Tikka .300 Win Mag.

Friend of mine got one, on my advice. I worked up a load for it with 210's. Sledge hammer of a mass produced rifle.
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#6520412 - 10/31/16 05:29 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Denton County
270 win. Or 3006. 150 - 180 grain. JMO?

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#6520608 - 10/31/16 07:20 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 03/09/09
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A friend lives in Colorado. His whole family hunts elk very successfully with 243's. Dad hauls a 300 Win Mag because of a bear encounter a few years ago in the first season.

Your 308 with Barnes 150's will be fine unless you just want something new.

Invest the funds in a quality scope and binos - and a gym membership.

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#6520620 - 10/31/16 07:27 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 263
Loc: West Texas
I'm with jeffbird. Buy the best bino you can afford, and keep the .308 unless you just want something new, and that's always a good enough reason. I've been to Africa 4 times, and every time there has been another hunter with me using a .308 with Barnes TTSX or Nosler partitions. It makes quick work of plains game up to eland size with good bullet placement.

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#6520648 - 10/31/16 07:41 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
TexasVine Offline
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Registered: 10/20/08
Posts: 2032
Loc: Lakeway/Fredericksburg
As many have said, the 308 is a great caliber for what your looking for unless your looking for a new rifle. Out of the three gun manufactures you mentioned, I experience with two. Both the Tikka and Remington 700's have served me well.
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#6520663 - 10/31/16 07:49 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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I have killed Mule Deer in Texas and Alberta along with Red Stag in New Zealand with 130 grain out of my .270. I have a .280 now that I am using on Mule Deer here in Texas. Pick a caliber that you like to shoot, along with the right bullet and then put that bullet were it needs to be. You will do fine with your choice.
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#6520740 - 10/31/16 08:18 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 1713
As far as brands Win M70 or its clone Montana Rifle Company in stainless and synthetic. The Mauser M12 looks well designed, but I have not used it so cannot offer first hand experience with it, but it likely will be my next purchase. Chambering of your choice.

But buy good binos first.

MRC in Colorado looking for elk.


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#6520779 - 10/31/16 08:42 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: ejj005]
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
Killed my one and only elk with a .270, also used a .270 on my one nilgai. So .308 unless you want something ew.
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#6520789 - 10/31/16 08:45 PM Re: Elk/Mule deer gun [Re: jeffbird]
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Sweet rig, Jeff.



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