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i want everyone opinion

what would be the best hunting rifle from whitetail deer all the way up to elk any answer would help

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You don't mind asking a

You don't mind asking a loaded question do you? 

In my opinion the best all around rifle would have to be in the .338 calibers.  You can load them down or load them up and they will handle any animal on the North American Continent from parrie dogs all the way up the the biggest bears. 

But to satisfy most people any rifle from the .270 Whinchester on up will work nicely for white tail, mule deer, and elk.  Some of the calibers in the .257 range will work but the bigger ones are better. 

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thanks that really helps me

thanks that really helps me im thinking about getting another rifle for the next rifle season

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I too am a huge fan of the

I too am a huge fan of the .338.  I have one and shoot everything from antelope to elk with it.  It may be a bit overkill for antelope, but me and it work well together and I have no meat loss.  The .270 would be a good choice and I also think the .300 Win mag would be a good choice ot can be loaded light for smaller big game and load up for for elk and moose.

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Okay, I hope this isn't a

Okay, I hope this isn't a dumb question, but which .338?  Aren't there different ones? 

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Okay, I hope this isn't a dumb question, but which .338?  Aren't there different ones? 

In my book there is only one and that one is the .340 Weatherby but it has been surpased by the .338 Remington Ultra Mag and my newer favorit the .340-378 Weatherby, but any of the .338's are fine rounds. 

Looking at the balistics of that .340-378 Weatherby just is amazing.  It is too bad that it came out a few years after I bought my .340 Weatherby or else one of them would be sitting in my safe waiting for the next hunt. 

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My father has his .348

My father has his .348 Winchester.  How would that work for ya???? Wink

I am actually looking forward to taking that thing out and shooting something with it.  Maybe use it for an elk hunt or something.  In my opinion, that could be used for any big game in North America.

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White-tail to Elk Rifle?

I guess I am old fashion in a certain way.  In tight heavy vegatation I love my .30-.30 with 150gr HP.  But if its open country I sware by my 7mm mag.  I live and die by it. I wished I could have brought it to Afghanistan with me.  Of course I dont have any experience with any .300, .338 or bigger so who knows what I would say with more experience. Good luck 

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man I am about a big a fan as

man I am about a big a fan as there is for the 270. I think it's an amazing whitetail round. And I know people can take Elk with it. A lot of the discussion boils down to good shot selection, etc. Here is what I use.

I love the 270 for whitetail. Shoots flat, easy to find ammo and does not require a lot of calculation for bullet drop. For me and the deer I see 130gr is spot on.

If I were to go Elk hunting I would take the 7mm rem mag. It has a very similar trajectory as the 270 but with higher velocity and energy(obviously). Also easy to find ammo. Any walmart I've stepped in has the 150gr core-lokt stocked full and under $20 a box. 

For reference on the corelokt (and I just picked this because it's easily available)

270 Win: 100-400yds  -- +1.5, 0, -7.0, -20.9

7mm rem mag: 100-400yds -- +1.3, 0, -6.6, -20.2

Now you might find one rifle that does it all but how many of us are really happy with just one rifle. I have a rifle set up for each game I am going after. I don't want to have to sight in each time I change the load to taylor it to the game. I just grab the rifle for the game I want. confirm my zero and go put some meat in the freezer. Hope this helps and remember, this is just my $0.02. happy hunting.

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what chambering....

There are lots of chamberings that would work for what you've asked. Not sure how much experience you have shooting big game rifles, but as one goes larger, the recoil can become rather stout, which may not be a good thing for some. I'd recommend some chamberings that are in the moderate group of recoil, close to the venerable 30/06. The '06 would of course be a very good choice. Lots of bullet weights and lots of good factory loadings, some newer ones nipping right on the heels of the great .300 H&H mag (factory loads).

Other chamberings that would work likely equally as well (or better) as a good '06 load would include 7 mag(s), .300WSM, .338 Fed, .338/06, and the .35 Whelen. Of course heavier chamberings would also work for you, but perhaps punish you, recoil-wise more than necessary when hunting deer, for example. If I had to choose just one out of this bunch, it would be the .35 Whelen. Shooting the Rem factory 200gr loading it recoils on a par with the typical 30/06 180gr to my shoulder but in my experience is a much better killer. The .338 Fed is another fine round, that would do it all with little pain on your end.

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