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Best .308 factory elk load?

I'm heading to northeast CO on my annual elk hunt and I need a recommendation for a premium factory round for the .308 Winchester for elk. I bought one of my hunting buddies rifles from him last year but didn't have room to bring it home because I already had (2) guns with me. My primary gun is a .338 Win and my back-up is a .280 Rem. This year the .280 Mountain Rifle stays home so I can bring my .308 Remington 600 Mohawk home. This will be my back-up gun this year. I would like to find a premium .308 round with a good bullet. I like Partitions and it would be nice to find a Light Magnum or something like it with a premium bullet. Any suggestions? Keep in mind this rifle had a shorter barrel than most. I know I will need to limit my range with the .308.

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Best .308 factory elk load?

Here the link to Federal Ballistics Choose the bullet and click ballistics on left for info:
http://www.federalcartridge.com/ballistics/Ammo_Search.aspx
About the Rem 600 in 308. I hunted for years with a guy who lived, worked and played in the woods and used nothing other than the 600 in 308 cal. I seen him shoot deer and moose at 400 yars with ease.
If he was mad at me I wouldn't want to be 450 yards away and doing this neener! to him.
The shorter(18.5) inch barrel will affect veloxity a bit, but I wouldn't be too concerned.
God Luck

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.308 Win

Thanks Hammer!

I really bought the 600 for whitetail deer hunting. I've got two boys coming up and it would be a good gun for them someday. Plus, I get to use it 'til then. I've always liked the way those dogleg Remingtons look. The Mohawk is the cheesiest of the bunch, but the price was right.

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Best .308 factory elk load?

My son took over my 600. I used it for years and what a great rifle. Mine was also a 308 but I never shot factory ammo in it. Matter of fact I haven't shot much of any kind of factory centerfire ammo in about 40yrs now. Not even a lot of RF. Found out I could shoot cast bullet's in handguns cheaper than buying 22 ammo. It has been the good fortune for countless rabbits and squirrel's as I'm a lousy shot with a handgun; keep that under your hat! Thumbs up

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handloads

Don,

I have a set of neck-size only dies for my .280 but haven't used them yet. I've handloaded mostly .41 Rem Mag handgun ammo. I will probably get a set of dies for my .308 and .338 so I can shoot more often. I just joined a local sportsman's club and they have a pretty good range. I don't normally hunt with handloads, though. Not because I wouldn't trust them, I just don't reload much anymore. I just need to shoot more. Yes

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