I've never had to opportunity to hunt elk, but a 280 will certainly shorten the like span of a bull mose in a hurry. Shot placement always critical regardless of calibre. http://www.chuckhawks.com/280Rem.htm
280 Remington shooting 160-gr. Nosler AccuBonds or Partitions is great elk medicine. If this fine cartridge had been introduced 3 years earlier, then Winchester might not have even brought the 270 to market and we'd be ranting about the improved 280 Rem rather than the 270.
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...