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i agree captain

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An interesting detail I should have added, a lot of shooters don't know this, is that the .270, or .277 caliber, is a true 7mm. The somewhat larger .284s are actually a smidgeon bigger than 7mm, they're actually about 7.2mm.

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The caliber of a 7mm isn't much bigger than a 270 but your buffet of elk bullets is opened up with the 7mm. And its got a lot more punch without much more kick. I think the 7mm is a great elk rifle. I agree with Captain that performance wise is matches up with the 300 pretty close.

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I've been reading these posts to learn about elk hunting, as I am signing on for one this October. If the collective wisdom is that a .308 is OK, would the 180 gr. Core-Lokt bullet be better than the 165gr. Remington Scirocco?
Also for a second question, I know that hunting is different than bench shooting, but I'm thinking of buying the Remington 700 P with a 3.5x10 Leopold scope. I know that it is going to be heavier with the 26" heavy barrel than the 22" typical rifle. I also don't know how much different the accuracy is compared to a 700 BDL or ADL.
I'm also told that about 60% of the shots are less than 100 yards. What do y'all think?

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I'm also told that about 60% of the shots are less than 100 yards. What do y'all think?

100% of your shots will be whatever you want to take. It is true that there is an "average shot distance", but this means little to an individual hunting style.

That being said it seems that most people take shots at or below 100 yards.

Never used a 308, but it probably is fine, especially if you don't plan on shooting longer than 100 yards.

Good Luck!

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Elk terrain is high altitude, rugged, and steep. If you're getting a rifle specifically for elk hunting, I would get one that is LIGHTWEIGHT! More importantly, if you're coming from the flatlands, get into shape and plan at least a day or two to adjust to altitude.

I would also recommend the heavier bullet over the lighter one.

I agree with bitmasher about shot distance. Personally, I hunt with a muzzleloader and 100% of my shots have been under 100 yards. I have only very rarely been in a situation where an elk was out of range of my muzzleloader, but would have been in range for my centerfire rifle.

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I am always somewhat amused by these topics, but its what keeps the world turning. I have been hunting Elk with the same guy for 25 years. I have taken 8 bulls and two cows in that time. the only rifle I own is a 270 and handload 150Gr Noslers. All the elk are still dead to this day ! My friend has not shot as many as me, but he uses a 30/06 loaded with 180 Hornady. Amazingly, all the elk he has shot at are dead too. It would probably be best if all of us practiced and become intimatly familiar with our weapon, than worry if one bullet in the boiler will kill an animal any more dead than another. I will preface all this with the fact that i have never taken a shot over 300 yards and if you do, I would suggest something bigger, like a 300 mag if you can handle it. Best of luck in the field to you all

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First, welcome Rito5280.

While I am inclined to agree 100% with you that there is nothing wrong with a .270 for Elk, it should be noted that most of these post ask 1 of 2 questions...and that is Minimum elk cartridge and Best cartridge for begginer. Fact is a .270 is a minimum cartridge and probably not the best choice for a begginer.
As with every cartridge a line has to be drawn somewhere that you can say "this is the limit for this cartridge". Sure that cartridge may perform adequate past that line but is it the best choice?
You are correct though, whenever you mention .270 and Elk in the same sentence...back up and watch out. Battle lines are drawn, tobbaco spit flies, and chests' begin to bulge out. You have to admit....it makes for some great reading !! :smile:

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JTAPIA,
Oh yes, I do admit when you mention 270 and Elk, things happen with just about every concievable argument to be made both for and against. In my case, the limited success I have had, I just saw no reason to ever change based on seeing animals fall over and not get up. I would never say they went down with a THUMP, they generally just ran in a little circle and piled up like they were having a very bad day ! What is amazing to me is how visceral hunters get on this subject. Whats the difference? I use what I use because I have great confidence in it and in myself with it. If someone else wants to use a rocket launcher, its fine by me if he can hit something with it.
Until I see something about the 270 fail, I will use it but within the confines of what my experience says are its limitations.

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Well, I sure do appreciate learning from such a collection of hunting wisdom. I do look forward to my first elk hunt this fall with the .308 I will be using. I also look forward to becomming familiar with it during the sighting in process. I plan on a 200 yard zero with a 180 gr. Remington Corelokt.
The ballistic charts would indicate that distance would still carry enough energy for the job.
Here is another question: How does an uphill or downhill shot affect drop or performance at that distance very much?

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