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And since we are talking an animals life we owe it to them to be as skilled as possible with it.

Yup your right.

Keepitsimple, that is great you get to hunt the Bitteroot! I have not been in that area, but I have heard it is quite scenic.

I have lived in CO most of my life and currently reside in Denver. The Dillon/Silverthorne area is nice, although in recent years it has seen quite a land development boom.

Where is Tundra? I once had a chance to make it to the Duluth/Superior area of MN/WI during the fall. The fall colors were amazing!

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You hit it on the head, I moved on because of the crowds. I didn't like having to wait a turn to fish a good hole on the Blue and the South Platte.

I now live in a little town called Three Lakes, population 800. It's in Oneida county Wisconsin which is in the upper Northeast part of the state. It's very scenic as we have a lot of public land and lakes all around, but the WInter's are long and cold. About this time of year we start getting pretty shack happy and talk about moving somewhere more hospitabal. Someday, but right now with the economy as stellar as it is...joke... I can't dare think of leaving a good job.

Anyway, thank you for the advice.

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I will take this discussion one step farther now. I have a .243 great deer gun had it since I was 13. Now I am going to go Elk hunting and want to get a bigger caliber.

My question is what to move up to? I am thinking 30.06 anything better and what make model would you all suggest?

Picking up a Shotgun for turkey soon and by fall will be ready for my next purchase. Thanks in advance.

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Stalkingprey, the 30-06 is a good elk cartridge. If you are new to elk hunting its probably your best choice.

As far as which rifle, I would suggest a Remington model 700 and top it with a Leupold 3-9 power scope. Thats a pretty good setup. If thats out of your price range get the Savage kit they have at Wal-mart. Its a rifle with a scope already mounted. For the price it is a really good kit. I know it sounds weird getting it at Wal-mart but it was the object of a product review on another board and got good reviews all the way around.

Where you plannin on huntin? There in Oregon?

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I just bought a new rifle and scope. I got a great deal on a Brand New Zeiss on Ebay. It has all the same warranty features as a store bought at about 30% less price. They have a lot of Leupold too. As for a scope for an .06, you might want to check out Nikon. They have great optics at a fraction of the price, only reason I didn't buy one was the recoil shock of my rifle which was is much greater than an .06.

Model 700 Remington is a great gun. I bought the LSS, laminated stainless. Beautiful gun, very solid, I'll own it forever.

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The '06 in Remington is a good choice. For bullet mass, 165 grain does the job for me, although Rather_Be_Huntin's suggestion on going for 180 grain is good too. As for scope, just go for something that you can comfortably make up to a 300 yard shot with (I'm assuming your going to be hunting open areas).

Depending on your comfort zone that may require more or less magnification. What the other guys have suggested should work great.

Keepitsimple, yeah there are parts of Colorado that steadily continue to be developed and yeah the Blue does seem to be busy quite a bit, especially towards the south end of Green Mtn Res. You should see the elevation of of the Reservoir now though, I have never seen it that low ever. The drought has really sucked a lot of water out of many of the reservoirs....

I hear you on the getting shack happy! Wink Maybe getting out and doing some ice fishing would help?

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Rather_Be_Hunting yeah it will be here in Oregon most likely somewhere in Eastern. My dad use to do a lot of hunting here in Oregon but since we moved away in 82 neither of us have had a chance to do much. I have moved back but he is still in Cali but is going to come up and hunt with my brother and I if we can get tags out of the draw.

Thank you for all the gun/scope combo suggestions. As my signature says I am in the proccess of getting my Upland game bird gun and hope to get a 30.06 sometime in the fall.

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I'm not sure what the terrain or hunting conditions will be there in Eastern Oregon. The reason I ask is you should buy a scope to handle the conditions in your area. If its fairly flat you'll want low power cause you'll have to get close to game. If you were hunting here in the Rockies you want a good high power scope for long shots. But at any rate if you get a variable 3-9 power scope that should cover just about any hunting you do for the rest of your life. Most of em you can change in a second with a quick adjust to any conditions. I almost forgot, if its real humid up there make sure the scope you get is real fog proof. Been in that boat one too many times.

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I believe that is the scope my Father uses but I will be sure to check into it more before I purchase. We have some very brushy area's out here but I do not plan to hunt in them if I can avoid it.

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The 30-06 is an excellent choice for elk and as for the Remington 700...it is an awesome gun. I just bought a Rem BDL stainless/synthetic 7mm mag and put a Leupold VXII 3x9 on it.

Another choice for elk would be the 7mm mag, it works really good and gives you alittle more range than the 06 but in exchange for that it has more kick to it.

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