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Is 30-06 big enough?

I just purchased a springfield 30-06 for hunting big game. i was wondering if it is adequate for elk. I will use it on deer and antelope but I'm not sure if it has enough power to take down an elk?

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Is 30-06 big enough?

Yes ! the30.06 is more than adequate for any game in North America. An excellent choice.

Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
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Is 30-06 big enough?

The ole 06 was taking game long before folks decided they had to have these new magnums. Good choice.

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Is 30-06 big enough?

I have shot only a few elk - but the 180 grain in 30-06 speaks decisively at close to moderate range at least. I do not know, however, how various 06 bullets / loads perform at longer ranges (provided one has the skills to shoot at longer ranges).

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Is 30-06 big enough?

I wouldn't use 150 grain bullets on elk, but most of the 180 grain loads, and especially something like the Hornady Light Magnum, will be plenty for elk as long as you do your part.

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Is 30-06 big enough?

You've chosen well.
The 30-06 has accounted for many a filled game tag on every continent on this planet and may be the best all around cartridge ever developed.
Use heavy, well constructed bullets for large and thick game. Middle weights for Deer/Antelope size game and light weights for plinking and ...........

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Is 30-06 big enough?

30.06 is a great gun for elk. That is what my Dad shoots. We relaod and he reloads 180grain bullets and has great sucess!!

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Thanks....

Hey thanks for all the advice, I'm from Ohio and i hope here in the near future I will be able to make it out west elk hunting.

Thanks again!

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.30-06

I shot a 1 ton american bison with a .30-06 and it went all the way thru, using a remington 180 gr corelok. i like my .30-06

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Is 30-06 big enough?

Kevin....with all that money how come you shoot Rem. corelok?

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remington corelok

I like to shoot at the range the same ammunition I will take hunting. Remington is one of the less expensive in .30-06 ($12.00/box), so I can shoot a lot at the range and not worry about changing to a higher price and supposedly more effective ammunition in the field. .30-06 is about the cheapest big game load out there, so I use that gun to keep my shoulder in shape to tolerate recoil. I use 140 gr corelok in my 7mm-08 and have nothing but 1 shot kills up to 175 yards so far. I use PMC or remington 180 gr in my .300 magnum and have had great success. You can see my namibia hunting pictures in the Africa forum. Those were all Remington 180 gr corelok shots, from 100 to 200 yards. The Ph there asked me for some of the cartridges, he was so impressed! I use Hornaday in my .376 Steyr, which is a fun gun to shoot, now that it is ported and doesn't loosen my teeth. I use Federal safari grade in the .375 H & H in the 300 gr. The two unfortunate cape buffalo are also in the Africa forum. I generally shoot cheap Russian stuff for my .223 and 7.63 x39, since I will go thru several hundred rounds at the range for fun at a time. I have actually taken more game with the 7mm-08 and .300 magnum than the .30-06. I was hunting red stag when the buffalo was availble, and did not know I would be shooting one. But, at 1/2 price, why not. He was the ex herd bull and he and the new one were tearing down fences, breaking trees, and generally destroying the environment so the Ph wanted him gone. If a 60 cent round does the same job as a $2.00 round, why not use it? I practice shoot cheaper south african ammo in the .375 at the range ($20.00/box) just to keep sighted in, but did use some very expensive ($68.00/box of 20) for the cape buffalo. I would not likely take the .30-06 if I knew I would be shooting 300-400 yard shots. I would take the .300 magnum. But for deer and elk size animals at under 200 yards, I like the .30-06 and it works well. i am more a hunter than a shooter, so as long as the animal falls down with one shot, that is all I need. Do you have a better round in mind? Let me know and I could try it.