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So much for staying with what

So much for staying with what the experienced hunters on the thread mentioned, LOL!  Stay with the scope and mounts I mentioned earlier and save your money up because you will spend a fortune on ammo for that gun you just got!!!

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High Dollar ammo

Topgun,

You hit the nail right on the head about expensive ammo.  I have been hunting whitetail deer for a long time now with 243s, 270s and 308s and thought $25-30 ammo was high until a priced 7mm Rum ammo.  My have to pick up a part-time job somewhere.

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elk rifle scope

When I started hunting elk many, many years ago, the favorite elk rifle of the locals where I lived in NW Colorado was the .30-06.  So that's what I bought.  I topped it with a 3-9x Weaver scope and proceeded to kill a pile of elk with it.

My current elk rifle is a .300 Wby that wears a 4-12x Leupold.  I'll probably kill the rest of my elk with that combo.

The only elk that I've shot with a 7 mm was one that I shot a few years ago with a 160 gr Accubond from my 7 mm Rem mag.  I have a 3-9x Weaver on it.  I've also used this combo on an Arctic hunt for Caribou and Musk ox, and have taken it on two African hunts.

As for the high cost of RUM cartridges, that's why I've been reloading for almost 50 years.  Once you have the cases, even the big magnums only cost a few cents per cartridge more to reload than the old standard cartridges.  For example, it only costs me $0.08 more to reload a cartridge for my .300 Wby than it does to reload one for my .30-06.  Even reloads for my .375 RUM shooting 300 gr TSX bullets and amortized brass cost less than $30/box.

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Elk Rifle

You are ok with the 30-06 and the Encore should be the same or a little heavier caliber. You should take both guns and make sure you test fire them once you get to your hunting destination. I took a decent bull elk in Colorado in 1995. I used a 338 mag and took a 7 mag as backup. Enjoy your hunt...

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t/C encore or BDL 700 30.06

I'd take the BDL 30.06 with 165 or 180 grain ammo. I have a BDL that a buddy of mine used 2 years ago to take a large cow.  It will do the job just fine.

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270 WSM

How does this caliber do in takingan elk? What is a good load to buy for this task? Thank. Btw. I don't reload so the ammo will need to be purchased.

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.270wsm

WVbuckmaster wrote:
How does this caliber do in takingan elk? What is a good load to buy for this task? Thank. Btw. I don't reload so the ammo will need to be purchased.
    It will work quite well for an elk.  As far as ammo I would select any of the rounds loaded with a 140 gr+ premium bullet such as a Nosler Partition or a Barnes TSX.  When you buy them from a manufacture they get spendy but they are worth it.

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does just fine

shot this bull with a 270 WSM

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And you couldn't take a

And you couldn't take a better photo than that, with his antler up your nose????? lol

Just messing with ya.  Beauty of a bull!

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i was by myself

Couldn't get a great look at the pictures from the self timer on the little screen.  The others are worse, like where I'm not even sitting down behind him yet, or amy still messing with his head

 

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