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Not another "best gun/caliber" debate! What do you

I've mostly used lighter calibers on elk: .280, .270 WSM and .264 Win Mag. I just built a .358 Norma for use on elk. It weighs 7.6 pounds scoped, kicks like a frickin mule and lauches 250 grain Partiions at 2850 fps. I've got 3 dates with her this year, one in Idaho and two in Colorado. I know she ain't necessary, but I still like her.
But in reality, my "old reliable" was the .280. I used 175 Mag Tips and 150 grain Partitions in that gun. It was a Ruger 77 that I used for 11 years.

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Critter wrote:
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.

Again, I am with Critter ...sware on my .340 Mag for bout everything ...though sure wish Critter would part with some of that 185 gr stock he has stashed Whistling eye roll Yes

...might feel a little better about blowing up those mule deer with the Nosler Ballistic Tips I like if I could get them under 200. Saw some .338 BST rds on Midwayusa that I think were 190gr, might have to look again. Need to get em and them find someone to load-em-up for me.

Heck, can hardly even find them in the 210gr like I just lucked into online! $59 a box! Less than half of what I am seeing them for on the shelf. ...WHEN I see them that is! Or not much lower than that at the major on-line depots; though none ever seem to have any in stock either sad .

kniferoom.com had them though and they came in days w/ cheap shipping too. So I gotta give props I guess Thumbs up

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My first elk, last elk, and quite frankly every elk has been taken with a Remington 700 Stainless Synthetic Detachable Magazine in 270 winchester. I will be using this rifle on my first ever antelope hunt this year but it won't be getting the nod for the elk hunt. I have always been a proponent of the high velocity, flat shooting, small caliber rounds for elk but I got an awesome opportunity to buy a 338 win mag and it can't just sit on the shelf right? I've gone to the dark side.

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Hawkeye - congrats on the new rifle. Yeah, I wouldnt let it gather too much dust either! Good luck on your antelope hunt!

Have always been a big fan of the 270! Wishing I would have never sold mine years back.....

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Thanks. Getting a new gun always gets me pumped up. I'm definitly not planning on selling my 270 though. I'm guessing it will still see the majority of my centerfire rifle practice.

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