What has made you guys decide on your caliber and bullet choice. Is it what you guys have seen on hunting shows and is it what the pro's say is correct to use for elk. Or maybe it is what the the big dogs wrote in books in the past and magazines and say is the correct choice.
For me it was watching my father and the rifle he used and how many animals he has taken over the years. My father never could handle recoil and has always shot light and extremely fast calibers, even with small bullets, and it has always worked even on elk.
Myself, I am the same and I shoot lighter bullets extremely fast out of my 7MM RUM and love the performance of the round. It is like shooting my 22-250 with a ton more energy. Very fast and flat shooting and will definitely reach out and touch something at those longer ranges.
This is the part I do not understand, if a person comes on here and asks what is the right caliber for elk and elk hunting around 75 percent of the guys on here are going to say a 30-06, or even a 300 win mag or bigger and shoot the heaviest bullets that your gun will shoot. Is this so you can hit him wrong and still try to get lucky enough to get into a vital. My 22-250 with a 55 grain Sierra Gameking bullet will penetrate 1/2 plate steel at 100 yards and a 30-06 with 180 grain bullets will not. Which bullet is going to shock that animal more, now I am definetely not telling ANYONE to hunt elk with a 22-250. I am just very curious on how and why most guys choose there weapon of choice and bullet of choice.