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Elk caliber

I am new to this forum. I have yet to try elk but am having an additional barrel made for my h. s. precision rifle. I am leaning towards the 338 winchester because there might be an Alaskan trip for me in the future. For now, I am hoping to use the 338 for elk assuming I ever get drawn for a good hunt.

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Re: Elk caliber
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I am new to this forum. I have yet to try elk but am having an additional barrel made for my h. s. precision rifle. I am leaning towards the 338 winchester because there might be an Alaskan trip for me in the future. For now, I am hoping to use the 338 for elk assuming I ever get drawn for a good hunt.

You will never go wrong with a 338 win. Its a great cartridge! Be prepared for the recoil though.

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Welcome to the forum.

Do some searches using Elk and .338 and you will find several threads that discuss this topic.

I agree with Shato, as do many in the other postings. A .338 WM is an excellent round for elk due to its energy, decent trajectory, available loads and bullets, and accuracy.

If you reload it becomes very versatile and does not require a keg and a half of powder per round like some of the newer ultra whammy blammy super fast super short shoulder breaking ear ringing brass splitting primer cratering neighbor alienating game scaring maybe a realistic 100 fps faster rounds that are out there now!

The .338WM does take some powder though, and does have a sharper recoil than some other rounds.

(Get the idea I like the .338? Oh yeah for the rest of you there is some tongue-in-cheek stuff in this post!)

Lee

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Others to consider are the 280 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, 308, 30-06, 300 Winchester Magnum, and 300 Weatherby Magnum, not to mention the 300 Ultra Mag. The last two I think kick a bit harder than the 338, but they are both very fast and flat-shooting.

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Great choice!

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My choice the 300 whby. with a 180 grain barnes-x = very dead elk

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Up here in the state of Washington you'll see a variety of 30 cals. 30-06 being about the most popular. With the variety of terrain and density of the forests anything that will delivery the energy needed at 200 yds does very well. My personal choice is the new 300wsm in a short, light bolt action with 180gr Bear Claws or 180gr Noslers. It also works well on the huge black bears we have around here.

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Attached is my son's first cow. He used a Browning in 7mm-08. The bullet pierced the heart, the cow then raised up on it's hind legs and went down. I'd say he was just under a hundred yards distant.
I must say however that that is the first and only time I've seen one go down so easily.

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Grayghost, I have been shooting the .338 Win mag for about a baker's dozen years or so! It is a real "thumper" on big game like elk. I settled on a premium bullet known as the Speer TBBC in the 225 grain bullet. Now when sighted in at 3 inches high at 100 yards it was only 10.75 inches low at 400 yards.

I can tell you that this caliber is a superb caliber for the big elk and if your a little nervous about that felt recoil (rightly so) just purchase a PAST RECOIL PAD and your worries will he over as soon as you put it on to shoot that medium bore rifle. Big smile Big smile

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One of the best all around hunters I've ever met. He has hunted on every continent, with a preference to Africa, uses two rounds and bolt action on both. The 270win and the, almost forgotten sweet shooting accurate round, 375H&H.
A few weeks ago he was telling me. If he had to choose one round for everything it would be the 375H&H. Sweet to shoot and recoil tolerable.
When choosing large cartridge rifles. The straighter the stock. The less felt recoil you'll have. Stay away from the glamorous monte carlos and such.

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FuzzyBear, I was introduded to the 375H&H officially back about 1970 by whom I believed to be the greatest of Alaskan bear guides. His thoughts were it (.375H&H model 70 Winchester) is the caliber and rifle for chasing down big brownies.

However, anyone who is shooting a .270 Winchester primarily as their big game rifle caliber, is going to be in for a heck of a surprize once they touch off a round from a .375H&H period. There is NO getting around the fact, that this rifle in an 9 pound gun, will generate over twice as much recoil to the shooter as the famed .270 Winchester of Jack O'Conner's. It is NOT a cake walk by any means, just so those that are contemplating buying one and have never fired such a caliber.

I admit, that learning to deal with the felt recoil can be accomplished nowdays much easier than in past decades. There are several recoil pads out on the market which when used will cut that felt recoil down to about 26 to 28 pounds. This number is still over the 22 pound Max of most .270 rifles. The .375H&H generates 40 pounds of felt recoil depending on the weight of bullet and charge of powder used. 4 pounds of added recoil to the shooters shoulder can be the straw that broke the camels back, as 90% of most shooters will notice the higher recoil being generated.

ONE must spend a lot of time shooting and really want to learn how to shoot and handle a rifle like a .375H&H, as it is never a given just because someone says: "It is tolerable to shoot" understand. Shooting it is one thing but hitting what your aiming at is indeed a horse of a different color hunters.

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