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rlanders23
Member since Oct 2011
104 posts

Best rifle for elk hunting
DIY elk hunt is on the bucket list. Would love to do archery but realistically will probably start with gun. Currently shoot a pump action Remington .30-06, but I’d rather not lug it around in the mountains and beat it up as it has sentimental value (hand me down).

FWIW, I lean towards a tikka 308, but this board usually offers sound advice. So, what say you, OB?


ChatRabbit77
Baton Rouge
Member since May 2013
5341 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
Nothing wrong with the Tikka in .308. It will kill an elk fine.


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GREENHEAD22
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Member since Nov 2009
14881 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
If your not going with a magnum go with a 270 imo.


magicman534
LSU Fan
The dirty dell
Member since May 2011
986 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
Here.....we.....go. Everyone on here will have a different opinion. I’d shoot 7 mag or 300 wsm. I just got back from Montana and was asking a local what he uses for elk. He said a 6.5 PRC is his choice.
This post was edited on 11/27 at 6:05 pm


jimbeam
USA Fan
University of LSU
Member since Oct 2011
68388 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
6.5 Creedmoor if exit is paramount







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armsdealer
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Member since Feb 2016
1455 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
.308 is fine for ANY American game.


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Jcrew
Mississippi St. Fan
Gulf coast
Member since Aug 2012
572 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
6.5 creedmoor. It can shoot bullet further than Uncle Rico can throw a football.


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Chief316
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2020
37 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
I’ve got a Kimber Hunter in .308 that’s very light and a great shooting gun. Paired it with a leupold vx3i. Great combo that ran me $1200ish. Not saying it’s any better or worse than the tikka, just another rifle to look into.


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Tigerpaw123
USA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Mar 2007
15073 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
The 308 is ballisticly almost the same as the 30-06 and a 270 for that matter, you said you don’t want to tote your 06 around so the tikka in 308 would be very similar and would be fine for elk, and most other big game, with that being said, if I already had an 06 and was looking for a new gun I would get something balliatically diffrent, look into a 7mm mag, 300 win or 300 wsm, 338 win mag, or dozens of others


Judge Smails
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Ol boy
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2018
1004 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
Tikka in 300 Winchester magnum. You can shoot the heavy stuff on your elk hunt and 150s for deer when you get done with the elk trip.
The tikka is light enough that you won’t hate toting it all day.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
US Space Force Fan
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Member since Jan 2011
57008 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
For a dedicated elk rifle, winchester model 70 extreme weather in .338 win mag.

If money is not a factor, a NULA in .338 win mag



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ccard257
Texas A&M Fan
Fort Worth, TX
Member since Oct 2012
799 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
quote:

Currently shoot a pump action Remington .30-06, but I’d rather not lug it around in the mountains and beat it up as it has sentimental value (hand me down).


Guess I’ll go against the grain here, but I recommend you go with what you got, especially since it is a sentimental piece. I may be in the minority, but I think there is something extra special about taking a hand me down rifle on a great hunt, even if it puts another ding or two on it.

I’d be pretty disappointed if I found out my sons were not hunting the guns I plan on handing down due to fear of beating them up.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
US Space Force Fan
Here
Member since Jan 2011
57008 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
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7mm mag


I dont like this one too much, unless shooting heavy barnes X or A frames or something


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wryder1
LSU Fan
Birmingham
Member since Feb 2008
3067 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
My guide has killed damn near everyone of his elk with a .243ackley. He would shoot them out to 500 yards with it. He has now upgrading to a 6.5PRC for because he wanted to try a new cartridge for shits and giggles. I have hunted with him the last 3 years and have brought my .300WM. I’m tired of toting that thing around and will be using a 6.5PRC next trip.

Find a cartridge you shoot best. Know that rifle out to 400 yards and you’ll be fine.
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bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
20012 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
156gr berger out if a 6.5 prc would be a great deer cartridge.

My choice would be that or a 7mm mag or 7mm saum ( since I reload)


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Success
Member since Sep 2015
1044 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
I saw a guy flip a 250# mule deer on its back at 350y last week using a 300wsm. An elk is much bigger but I’m sure it will die the same


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LSUGent
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2011
1065 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
.50 BMG...leave no doubts.


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LiteHeaded
Member since Feb 2020
58 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
I have had zero complaints with my winchester model 70 chambered in .270 with a Tasco 3-9X40 world class all circa 1990. Probably have not taken the scope caps off in 20 years and she stays on target year after year. 130 grain winchester silver tips are the round she loves, and the 130 grain power points are second. Has brought down dozens upon dozen whitetails over the years with very very few taking more than a couple steps with ranges out to 300 yards.


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LSUFootballFANATIC
LSU Fan
Way Up North
Member since Feb 2008
964 posts

re: Best rifle for elk hunting
300 Win Mag.

Browning, Weatherby, Sako, Sauer, Bergara, Winchester 70.


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