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Elk Hunt with 25-06?

Two simple statements:

One, you are correct, this is about as difficult a topic to decide (on a forum) as the dreaded .22/deer round one. I agree we've beat it to death! Second, however, is the idea that simply because someone might have a Hmmmmm... "low post count" means they are not as experienced or knowledgeable as someone with a "high" count; sorry, beg to differ..

Thanks so much for your comment (you were correct, this topic is DONE). But I might take just a little exception to your other comment. Nice night to you and happy hunting always!

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Oh hell, this topic's as old as O'Connor and Keith. Even those of us with "low post counts" - who nevertheless may have been hunting big game for 30 years and posting on similar forums for many years neener! - occasionally get bored and can't resist chiming in on it.

Expecting to change anyone's mind? Ah, probably not. But again, sometimes things are slow, other posters say things that aren't thought through all the way and, well - we all enjoy the sound of our own voice, the reading of our own words! Mr. Cool!

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Elk Hunt with 25-06?

A .26-06 will do the job with good shot placement.
I own 4 rifles....300 Wby...7mm RM....270 Win .. .257 Wby....I have taken LARGE elk with all of them....and considerable distances too....
Note: it is remarkable what the .257 Wby Mag can do....and how far out it can do it...

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Tndeerhunter wrote:

Hmmmmm... "low post count" means they are not as experienced or knowledgeable as someone with a "high" count; sorry, beg to differ..

But I might take just a little exception to your other comment. Nice night to you and happy hunting always!

No you mis-understood. All I was trying to say was if you're new posting on forums you might not know that this subject has been beat to death more than George Bush's image in the media and has done so many many times in the past. I was just trying to point out the discussion wasn't bearing any fruit and was just starting to head down the road of the online equivilant of a "shouting match".

I did not mean what so ever that anyone didn't have the same or better knowledge or experience on the subject than anybody else. Sorry if I offended anyone, wasn't my intention.

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DaGooster wrote:
Oh hell, this topic's as old as O'Connor and Keith. Even those of us with "low post counts" - who nevertheless may have been hunting big game for 30 years and posting on similar forums for many years neener! - occasionally get bored and can't resist chiming in on it.

Again I wasn't trying to offend. Just wanted to point out the discussion was getting a bit "heated" and wasn't really going anywhere.

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Forgive my extending the thread, I'm stuck on a conference call and need to do something to amuse myself. eye roll

I'm gonna let my wife, and my son when he's ready, use a .260 for cow elk. I rationalize it like this. I use a .264 and under good conditions would be comfortable out to 400 yards. My wife doesn't have any business shooting much past 150 yards anyway, and the .260 can do at 150 anything the .264 can do at 400.

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Forgive my extending the thread, I'm stuck on a conference call and need to do something to amuse myself.

Well, isn't that why about two-thirds of our comments show up here? lol

I'm gonna let my wife, and my son when he's ready, use a .260 for cow elk. I rationalize it like this. I use a .264 and under good conditions would be comfortable out to 400 yards. My wife doesn't have any business shooting much past 150 yards anyway, and the .260 can do at 150 anything the .264 can do at 400.

Anyways, that was always kind of my thought. I have a 257 Roberts that I've got a lot of confidence in; it always hits and kills what I shoot it at, which is just deer so far. But for cow elk, 250 yards or less, with 115 grain TSXs? Hell yes, I'd do that. Thumbs up

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Well we havn't seen anything from the original poster since page one!! Figured id chime in a small portion here. What has BEEN said on this and MANY other forums on basicly the same subject is this. You CAN use the smaller calibre's if you are highly skilled and practiced with your particular weapon. It kinda sounds like he has owned and practiced with his ( the original poster) 25.06 and he seems to possess the nessessary mindset to pass on shots that he shouldnt take with the more limited shot angles and options that that particular weapon will afford. THAT is the MAIN thing to this question that was originally asked. Can you use a 25.06 to cleanly and humainly take a Bull Elk? Sure you can with good bullet construction and proper bullet placement. Would some other calibre be more fitting? Sure some could be if you are well practiced with them an know what your limitations are. Its that simple. All this other crapolla with the huge magnums is just that crapolla. I've successfully hunted every big game animal in North America except for Moose (havnt drawn a tag where I wish to hunt) and have done so with various weapons from .243 to 416 rig. and I have NEVER as of yet had any of them complain what I killed them with. If you hunt long and often enough murphy's law will damn sure kick in at least once and I dont care if you are out there with an RPG you will have to track an animal for a long time or lose it. I dont care if you are the best and most well equipped or even smartest hunter on the planet, it will happen if you continue to hunt. Its a sad thing but true. Murphy will always eventually show up!!! Follow 4 simple rules and you will be ok, 1- Pick a weapon that you are comfortable with and COMPITENT with. 2- Pick a well constructed bullet and practice WITH THAT ROUND! 3- Pass on a shot that you think is marginal and may leave you with tracking a wounded animal (bad juju A.K.A. carma will always catch up with you!!) and 4- Hunt safely and ethicly and nature will provide you with a wonderous experience! Its that simple. If you are comftorable with that 25.06 and you know its limits as well as yours then you will be fine. I've seen MANY Elk killed with it and none of them were hard tracks either. Most all were clean lung shots with double lung penetration. You take out both lungs on ANY animal its gonna die and die pretty quick. Sometimes even quicker than a heart shot. Hope this answers your question and clears up some confusion.

Good lunk and hunt safely!!

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camo69, Very well said and excellent comments !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Well, I guess it has been a while since I posted a response to my thread. I appreciate all of the advice given and I have decided to use my 25-06 for Elk this year. I carefully researched a variety of available bullets and have started working up a load using the Barnes TSX, 120 gr. of course. Wanted to use the Swift A Frames, but couldn't find anything heavier than 100 gr. I've owned and hunted with this rifle for about 10 + years now, and haven't missed yet! I'll just have to keep my shots to under 300 yds. and keep the cross hairs in the boiler room. Thanks again to everyone! Thumbs up

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