Thread: First Elk Hunt
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Old July 3, 2012, 10:49 PM   #25
WildBill45
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I lived in elk country for 25 years, and hunted them every year, mostly with rifle, deer with a bow, and muzzleloader for one or the other some years.

Elk are tough and live in tough country. You want a stop, and a stop now ... unless you love packin' from hard to get to areas. If you must use the .270 use the 150 grn. Noslers as a minimum, North Folk would be better.

A 300 H&H, Weatherby, or Winchester with 180 grain top shelf bullets is even better. If you are traveling far, your least expensive part will be top shelf bullets, but a good insurance if you get a bad angle shot, or an up close shot where lightly constructed come apart ... not the far shots, as the cheap bullets have slowed and will stay together better.

Accuracy trumps caliber every time, but a good shot with a bigger gun will get better results, and is more humane to the Elk!
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