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Location: TEXAS
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Hey ya'll,New to the site Thumbs up ,But i have been here for a while,Just looking around and reading.Now i got a question and ya'll can tell me if i'm wrong.I am planning a elk hunt next year really hard.This will be MY hunt of a life time.Well i have bought a new rifle for this hunt,And i wanted more gun than i might need than need more gun and not have it.OK i bought a 300 mag. and yes i do spend a lotta time at the range,I'm spend at least 2 day's a week at the range,I really enjoy shooting 250 to 500 yd's,I really like shooting prairie dog's out to 800 yds.I know bullet placement is everything,I got a year to get my rifle ready for this kinda hunt..You would not believe the slack i have been catching from my friends about buying this rifle and THEY HAVE NEVER HUNTED ELK.Now,From the guy's that have hunted elk,Did i buy to much gun.Anyway just asking.

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Location: Greeley, CO
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Never believed in the statement "too much gun", your statement says it all! Though this is coming from someone who shoots a .340 Weatherby Mag at just about everything that moves!

Seriously, though, no worries the .300 is a great elk rifle and works well on whitetail and mulies with the appropriate load. You can remind any friends that come with you of that when YOU do not have to go 'hunting' for the kill AFTER the shot, and THEY have to trek hundreds of yard to find theirs that they used a smaller bore on. I am five for five with my .340 (3 deer, 2 elk) and ALL dropped on the spot!

Suggestion, try and factor in some ascending or descending shooting into your longer range practice shooting. Quite often in the high country you will be shooting up or down hill and normally cannot practice that at the ranges.

Good luck!

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Location: Cheyenne, WY
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mikeydon wrote:
Did i buy to much gun.

I hunt everything from antelope on up with a .375 H&H (you ought to see what it does to prairie dogs). Actually the .300 Win mag is a classic elk round.

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Location: Montana
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Its what i use, altho there are other fine calibers , each should be tailored to fit your needs and although i have taken elk with other calibers my 300 is known as my "elk rifle" my go to rifle for a reason

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I shoot a .338 WM and I love it and I do not even think it is too much gun for elk. You will be happily pleased with the resuklts you will get from the .300 WM. I have one but have never hunted with it.

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Location: Montana
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Our official policy for the outfitter service is 7mm min and 338 max is what we reccomend for elk. The 300 mag is a excellent round for mid to large sized game

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Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I have elk hunted for the past 3 years with a 300 WSM, your choice is good. Like HeavvyC said, practice shooting uphill and down hill any you can because it makes a big difference, especially when shooting 200 to 300 yards or more.

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I've killed a lot of small bulls and cows with a 25-06. I have shot big wall hanger 6x6 with a 30-06 and a 300 WSM. I have friends who use much more powerfull calibers. Evereybody has a preferance. You are entiltled to yours.

If you look at what the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gives away at their banquets, It's usualy in a 300 Win Mag or recently a 300 WSM caliber as the gun companies have pushed the newer short mags.. Any of the 300 Magnum calibers shooting a 180 or 200 grain pill is the gold standard for elk calibers.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
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Well trust me, a 300 is fine, I use a 300 win mag and I'm a true blue elk hunter--so far gotten 3 this year with my 300. Even if you get a bad shot, its going to paralyze it till you get into position for a better shot--naw ive had an elk or 2 try and take off but I've had worse with my smaller calibers. Ive used a .308 as a brush gun--and had to chase a few, and knocked down an elk with a 30-30-wit a good shot--but no body's perfect wit shot placement all the time even the best veterans are off once in a while. but my Springfield 300 win mag is my 6th love after my wife and 4 kids smile and her name is Spring lol. And dont listen to your buds, it makes a great deer rifle too using 150 gr--i use 180gr on elk, but 150 gr will do the trick on elk too--i jus feel better with using 180gr on elk personally. Crazy thing is all my shots have been over 200 yards this year, i usually get em' under 100.

Overall, Dont listen to your buds, you didnt buy it for them and they dont have to use it.