It's been a number of years since I have put in for a rifle hunt for Elk. Kind of gone bow crazy I guess.
But I used to use (my wife still does) a Browning A-Bolt in 30-06 shooting Federal Premium 180gr Nosler Partitions. She will be using it this October on her Elk hunt here in Az.
Up until recently I have used both a .270 and a 300 mag for mule deer and elk. I just traded for a .264 winchester magnum in a limited model remington 700 bdl ss. My friends all have the same caliber, and I have never in my lifetime seen better performance out of a rifle. It is long, flat-shooting, and will make for a great elk gun.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...