Posted by
Message
NoMoreKnees
Southern Miss Fan
Hartselle, AL
Member since Jan 2017
27 posts
 Online 

Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
I am asking for suggestions for a new rifle for the trip. I have hunted AL, MS and TN for years with my 30.06 bolt action with never any issues recovering anything that I have pulled the trigger on. Most of my shots have been around 100 yards but I have taken a nice buck at 305 yards several years a go.
What do you all with experience out west suggest?


Easternrio
LSU Fan
Member since May 2014
3266 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
The 30-06 is fine as long as you have some quality glass on it that allows you to shoot 300 yards plus with confidence. Also you should practice shooting those distances. I’ve killed 4 elk with a 30-06. The furthest shot being 280 yards.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
11
lowhound
LSU Fan
Effie
Member since Aug 2014
1389 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
Most hunters out that way shoot 300's for the power on bigger animals. A 30-06 will work if you're comfortable with it and make a good shot. I shot a 7mag when I went for the same reason, and it worked. I will say that most elk shots you get, they won't be that close and they probably won't be standing still. The mule deer are easy.


fillmoregandt
Ole Miss Fan
Over the Mountain
Member since Nov 2009
10717 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
Where are you going?


NoMoreKnees
Southern Miss Fan
Hartselle, AL
Member since Jan 2017
27 posts
 Online 

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
Wife and sister-in-law had planned a trip to Europe years. Sister-in-law kicked her husband to the curb. I will be 3rd wheel and going to let them go without me. Have not gotten that far. Colorado or New Mexico due to having contacts there.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
NoMoreKnees
Southern Miss Fan
Hartselle, AL
Member since Jan 2017
27 posts
 Online 

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
I shoot 150 gr here. If I stay with the 30.06 what is your suggestion?


TD SponsorTD Fan
USA
Member since 2001
Thank you for supporting our sponsors
Advertisement
stein_burgundy
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2016
349 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
My 35 whelen did just fine this year but I will be going back to my 700 in 308 for the future. My best advice is practice at whatever distance you plan on shooting. A rifle that you are accustomed to and comfortable with is a good companion for out west.

For a 30-06, check out the hornady 178gr ELD-x bullets. Have read good things on this ammo
This post was edited on 2/9 at 4:08 pm


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
01
ecb
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2010
1975 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
My friend that lives in Montana the past several years has killed all his elk, 5-6 I believe, with a .270.

I think your 30-06 is fine.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Dmaxxx37
Member since Apr 2017
78 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
I shoot an X-Bolt .300 WSM with a 190g Nosler Partition when I go out West for Elk.. I would check your ballistics on whatever you decide to go with and zero in at 200 yds. Keep your ballistics chart with you, bring a range finder and make adjustments if a shot presents itself. Aim for vitals and absolutely, I repeat, ABSOLUTELY be ready to fire off another round if the opportunity presents itself-


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
20
canyon
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lower Keys/Coloweedo
Member since Dec 2003
7106 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
Been hunting elk and deer in Co for the past 30 years. Started with a 7mm that kicked like a mule. Went to a .270 Ruger that will kill the shite out of either.

150 grain federal premium


NoMoreKnees
Southern Miss Fan
Hartselle, AL
Member since Jan 2017
27 posts
 Online 

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
Thanks guys!


257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
908 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
My elk rifle is a 300 WBY with 180 grain Nosler Partition

Mule deer rifle is 257 WBY with 115 grain Ballistic Tips

.30-06 is a fine North American round.

Know what it will do at 400 yards.


TutHillTiger
LSU Fan
Mississippi Alabama
Member since Sep 2010
16964 posts

re: Starting to plan an Elk or Mule Deer hunt out West in the next couple of years.
I want to do the same this year looking At Colorado right now any advice appreciated


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
first pageprev pagePage 1 of 1next pagelast page
refresh

Back to top

logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram