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Hi All! I'm new here, found this forum doing research as to whether or not consider carrying my 25-06 on this years cow-elk hunt. I had a BEAST of a heavy rifle that was a real witch lugging through the rockies for the past decade now and just didnt want to take it again!

Fortunately, as of today there's a brand new Tikka T3 Lite stainless 7MM Rem Mag in the safe, with plenty of time left to "become one" with it before this years 4th season hunt. Thumbs up

After seeing ALL the debate about the "best round", I'd like to find out what you LIKE - you know, not all the ballistics, bullet weights, velocities, etc..... What do you find you LIKE best to carry on your own hunts? What do you find your "old reliable" and #1 choice to carry out of camp on opening morning?

PS, the "trusty" 25-06 wont stay at home - it's deadly on those 'yotes and will have a box of 117Gr Tripple Shock's along "just in case". But, I'm counting on the new Tikka T3 7Mag to be what I want to grab first heading out of camp on opening morning this year Yes

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fishrmann, Welcome to BGH! cool My elk rifle is a Remington Sendero 7 MM RUM. It is very heavy, especially with the bipods attached, but I absolutely love this rifle. Yes

Before that it was my Browning Abolt Medallion 7 MM RM ( I wish I still had it Brick Wall,) ). P.S. I would not have any problem packing the 25-06 on an elk hunt!

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I think a elk rifle should be capabile of using a min of a 140gr bullet. That would mean anything below a 6.5 I would not recommend. Without a doubt the 25-06 with a 117gr bullet will kill an elk but then so will a 223 with a 55gr bullet.

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Hey Don he is asking what is YOUR favorite elk rifle, not your opinion on the 25-06. Yes Don what is your favorite you like to use? Thumbs up

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My first elk fell to my Savage Super Sporter in 30-06. I took most of my elk with my Ruger 77 in 7mm, but for the last 9 years I have been using my Weatherby in 340 with a Barnes 185 gr slug at 3,300 fps. With that round and a 200 yard zero I haven't had any problems. Now if I am hunting deer and elk in the same season I usually pack the 7mm just for the fact of less meat destruction on a deer but that 340 is hard to pass up any more.

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Yeah Don, what's your favorite rig to take out chasing elk? lol

BTW, nice looking rig elkkill06! What's that end up weighing?

PS: I'll agree with you Don, would rather have 140+ grainers, but if it came down to staying home this year vs going with the 25-06 I would have opted for the latter for filling this year's cow tag - but now that's no longer an issue! Thumbs up

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fishrmann wrote:
Yeah Don, what's your favorite rig to take out chasing elk? lol

BTW, nice looking rig elkkill06! What's that end up weighing?

PS: I'll agree with you Don, would rather have 140+ grainers, but if it came down to staying home this year vs going with the 25-06 I would have opted for the latter for filling this year's cow tag - but now that's no longer an issue! Thumbs up

Think I would agree that rather than stay home I'd take the 25-06. Don't have a favorite cartridge though. Just to many that will work. My last two were killed with my 6.5-06 w/140gr Hornady. Have also used 7x57, 7mm Rem mag. 308Win and 338 Win mag. Have a 30-06 I'm gonna use someday but have never shot anything with a 30-06. You'd think everybody would have shot something with one, not me!

A lot of guy's swear by the 338 Win mag but for me it's just more than needed. Not much into recoil anymore.

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I LOVE my Win Classic .300 WM for the elk. I run Barnes TSX 168gr through it pushed by 54.5gr of Varget and CCI 250 primers. 1/4 in groups all day long with devistating results on the animal. Recoil was a little stiff until I had my 'smith put on a muzzle break. It's awesome to be the shooter, but I wouldn't be a spectator when it's fired. Recoil tamed, but one LOUD SOB!

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17 HMR my friend good to 600 yards cut that to 400 on a windy day due to the light 17 gr bullet weight unless you're using the heavier 20 gr bullet. Then you you're good to go long.

Devastating on elk there are no substitutes.

Of course I keed, I keed, about the venerable 17 HMR. neener! Laugh

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SoCoKHntr wrote:
17 HMR my friend good to 600 yards cut that to 400 on a windy day due to the light 17 gr bullet weight unless you're using the heavier 20 gr bullet. Then you you're good to go long.

Devastating on elk there are no substitutes.

Of course I keed, I keed, about the venerable 17 HMR. neener! Laugh

You old fooler you! You been sneaking Uncle Buck's smokes again? Laugh

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That's a good one Soco! Laugh I have a new 17 Rem Fireball I'm gonna have to try, I was thinking of using the 25 grain Accutip-V. Evil!

fishrmann, it's just a tad under 13 pounds. Yes

Shoter00, my 7MM RM had a boss. Pure tourcher on the ears.

Lets here some more favorites! Thumbs up

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