30-.06 is never the sexy answer everyone wants, but....
When my son was 14 I bought him a Lamenated Remington Model 700, 30-.06 with a fluted barrel and muzzlebreak. After sighting it in, he is still on the same box of 180 grain ammo harvesting the following in their tracks with just 1 shot each at distances from 125 to 260 yards.
Black Bear in British Columbia
Oryx in Hermosillo, Mexico
Alaska-Yukon Moose in Watson Lake, Yukon
Rocky Mountain Bull Elk (7 x 6) in Unit 4, New Mexico
Thanks guys again for all the replys, I talked to my uncle about the die and it sounds like a sealled deal!! haha Its still kinda hard though because I have hear alot of good things about the 7 mag! Has anyone heard about the New weatherby vanguards coming out ? I guess they are supposed to be real good guns. I think I might get it but they come out in april or may so im going to have to wait a while. Any of you guys know of a good synthetic stock gun stainless or blued ? Thanks again
The new S2 Vanguard is supposed to be a culmination of improvements requested by us Vanguard owners (2 for me and one for my son). They will be bringing back the stainless steel version. All are going to be guaranteed sub-moa. The following is a link to the Weatherby page if you have not already been to it.
the weatherby vanguard is made by howa of japan it's a fine rifle I've held one at cabelas it has a nice soft recoil pad and a buttery smooth action it's a nice rifle for the money about $500 dollars. My 300 win is a remington 700 IMO the best rifle made I also own a savage 110 another home run stay away frome the rem 770 and the savage edge they are cheaper made than the weatherby , the rem 700,and the savage 110 .A good rifle will last a lifetime spend accordingly a $100 bucks saved won't mean much 50 years from now
might want to look into a tikka or sako they are shooters. I recently purchased a vanguard in 338wm but cant comment much yet because ive only got about 50 rounds through it so far so good though. Make sure you go feel them all before you make a decision one will probably fit better than the others.
There have been alot of elk killed with both calibers so you cannot go wromg with either one. Ammo for both can be found pretty easily and there is a broad range to choose from. If it were me I would go with a 30.06....my Dad has one and it shoots great....I have shot a 7mm beofre and I thought the thing kicked way to much for the size of the gun. I shoot a .338 WM now and I think the 7mm had more recoil.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...