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.308 for Elk

I am looking for a more versatile caliber for Deer and Elk, and I am considering .308. The is a wide range of grains available, and I can use it for different ranges. Any thoughts?

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First off, welcome to the site.

The 308 is one of my favorite cartridges. I would not hesitate to hunt elk with one. In fact I have. I used the 165 gr bullet for about everything and found it a good weight. I've also used the 180 gr and 200 gr. The 180 gr was as heavy as I could go and still get acceptable accuract. I also tried 150's on a few occassions and had little luck with them although most people seem to like them. I would guess that I didn't give them a fair chance, but I thing they would be a bit light in 30 cal for elk.

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308 for Elk

308 as well as the 30-06 are great for Deer and Elk. Both have a variety of grains that work well. Some hunt with 150-165grn for Deer and 180 for Elk some use the same round for everything. Personally, I like the 180 grain I won't list a specific type as I have used several and depending on the rifle I have had different results with them. Others stick with the 165s. IMHO, I say pick one from 165 to 180 and practice and stick with it regardless of Deer or Elk hunting, I am a firm beleiver in practicing with one round and using it to hunt with as well. I have recently swtiched to a 7mm RM and use the 162 grains and love it. If you do stick with the 308, I would suggest not overlooking the bulk ammo from cabelas, I have had great success with it at both the range and in the field in my 30-06 and 7mm.

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cfuselier, welcome aboard!

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.308 for Elk

Great caliber for elk.

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Welcome to BGH.
The 308 win and the 180 gr Speer HotCor excel at "normal" ranges. Granted, your rifle may or may not shoot the Speer bullets.

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.308 for elk

i think a .308 is a great all around caliber! the year before last i shot a big cow at 150 yards in the neck and the .308 put her down in her tracks!i shoot federal premium 180 gr nosler partition.i would feel safe out to about 250 yards with my .308 on elk! i think it all comes down to shot placement but for me if i was bull hunting i would not go for a neck shot and i would go with bigger caliber thats just me !a 30-06 is a great all around caliber to.

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Re: .308 for elk
huntinggrizzly600 wrote:
i think a .308 is a great all around caliber! the year before last i shot a big cow at 150 yards in the neck and the .308 put her down in her tracks!i shoot federal premium 180 gr nosler partition.i would feel safe out to about 250 yards with my .308 on elk! i think it all comes down to shot placement but for me if i was bull hunting i would not go for a neck shot and i would go with bigger caliber thats just me !a 30-06 is a great all around caliber to.

Welcome aboard. Think you'll like the site, I sure do.

There's not much the 30-06 will do that the 308 won't. I have a 30-06 now, have had two other's in the past but have never shot a head of game with either. I've also had two 308's, one for many years that my son has now. The difference in them at normal hunting ranges amount's to zit! a 30 cal bullet weighting 180 grs and moving at even 2500fps mv is a force to be reconed with at normal ranges. Doesn't matter if it comes from a 30-06 or a 308. Where the problem arises is when that same 180 grs bullet is driven at 3000 fps and above. Then it's time for the premiun bullet's and still most shots are going to be at normal ranges, say to 250 yds max. The 308 win is one of the most underrated cartridges we have. The sad thing is that were it not a military cartridge, I believe it would have died long ago.