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My elk gun is a 7mm mag and I love it. I handload 175 gr partitions and it is excellent for elk even out to 400yds. I used to use a 30-06 for elk its nice but I like 7mm better, just more range.

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I hunt Elk with a 264 Winchester Magnum hadloaded with 140gr hornady Interlock ahead of 65 grains of MAG-PRO and the freezer is filled

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I have to say that I think a .264 Mag is too small to recommend to someone who is trying to decide on an elk rifle. That's not to say, however, that I don't think YOU should be using it!

The thing is this, if you need a recommendation, then it means that you don't have a whole lot of experience with either elk hunting or the particular rifle in question. For those people a .264 is just not enough rifle.

Anyone who can ethically hunt elk with a .264 mag isn't going to be asking for recommendations on a board like this. They will KNOW their rifle, their abilities, and their own limitations. They will make their own decision and not need to ask.

The minimum caliber for someone who needs to ask, in other words, should be more than the minimum caliber for someone who doesn't need to ask.

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Well said donmillion.

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I agree with the 270 guys for the minimum cartridge size. Unless you reload and are an awful good shot with smaller bullets. My personal preference is a Ruger No. 1, gray and black laminate stock, stainless, in a 300 Win. Mag. with a 4.5 x 14 x 50mm Leupold. It also has factory target turrets installed and a four inch sun shield, and a few other amenities. 180 grain Nosler Partitions using Reloader 22 powder. Chronographed loads and dead-on set at 500 yds. One shot on every elk I've taken.

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I usually just take a quick scan of the posts to see what's happening out there - but this one is worth commenting on ( for what my comment is worth ). Having outfitted in the mountains of Colorado the last 15 years ( I just retired ) and dealt with the results of wounding animals - which sometimes involved tracking for days, I would recommend the 30.06 or larger for elk. Practice has been stessed, and should be, but the many variables in the field often result in less than perfect shots. A cartridge such as the 180 will provide some forgiveness. Over the years I saw the favorite in calibers for elk go from the 30 06 to the 7MM and in recent years the 300 mag is rapidly becoming the gun of choice. Personally I still use the same 30.06 I've used forever and generally do not shoot beyond 200 yards ( after all part of the hunt can be getting closer to the animal and shooting/bagging an animal is not the whole point of the hunt - this is another subject! ). Placement and size of cartridge are important but foot pounds of impact at distance is just as critical. Also, for those of you on a budget, the 30 06 is a very good deer rifle with a 150 grain cartridge.

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I found a Rem. 700 stainless steel synthetic stock, topped with a Leaupold 3x9 in 7mm Weatherby at the local pond shop for $400. So they are out their for good deals if you are patient.

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Minumum cartridge on elk.... .270
minumum I.Q. ............... 90

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what good is having a magnum if you cant shoot it well? alot of people go out and buy a gun because they hear that its the flattest and hardest hitting ect. but if you cant shoot it strait what good does it do you? I think that a .270 will take care of everything in the western united states without a problem whatsoever. I have seen elk deer caribou moose and other things taken with one shot and dropped solid to the ground. I got asked a question by my father once, What is the least expensive thing that you take on your hunt that could cost you the most? After several minutes of wrong answers he told me, the wrong bullet. if you shoot a cheap bullet your going to loose an animal. a well constructed bullet in the vitals of an animal will kill. period. and if your not certain that your rifle will kill at a long distance, actually hunt the animal and get closer!!!

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and if your not certain that your rifle will kill at a long distance, actually hunt the animal and get closer!!!

Well said. Welcome Dino.

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