Personally, for cow elk, deer, and antelope, I'll always prefer my .280 Rem. I love how it shoots and it's like an extension of me. But for bulls... especially big ones, I prefer the 300 WM. I'm not afraid of the kick, but I couldn't describe it as an extension of myself YET. And... it weights just a bit more.
COHunter I like that post. We debate back and forth sometimes about what is and is not adequate for elk. But it's been my experience that cows and bigger bulls don't fall to the same thunder. It's almost 2 different species when we're talking about how easily they go down. I also don't mind taking what I call a good "deer" rifle out for cows. But when I'm hunting the big boys I think the bar must be raised. So I guess the what's adequate for elk discussion will in the future need to be broken up into two categories, at least in my mind.
If your young daughter can shoot half inch groups at 100 yards you owe it to her and yourself to get her into competitive shooting. She'll only get better. Shooting sports will thank you. And with that accuracy a 100 yard broadside shot should be fine.
Size wise-- check into a cheap plastic stock or a used stock and cut it down for her. A Sims pad and go to town!
What do you think guys? Small load, but at that range? Next year I'll have a .308 or .06 barrel for it for her.
It is a little light for elk and would not recommend it to the average hunter on big bulls. But with your daughter shooting so well with it and you limiting her range to 100 yds. AND shooting cows I think a well placed shot would do just fine.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...