View Full Version : Which to take Elk Hunting?

September 27, 2007, 02:26 PM
Okay, so which rifle would you much rather take Elk hunting. I realize that the calibers are not too close, but these are the two that I like and intrigue me more then anything.

If or when I ever get to go (prolly when I'm 50) I think I would take either the Marlin 336C in 35 Remington or a Remington 7600 in 270 Winchester. Both the rifles and rounds do the same thing. The rifles are dependable and well liked by all, the rounds more or less strike my curiosity and I wish to own and shoot them someday.

So which would you take, and explain please!


September 27, 2007, 04:25 PM
I would probably take the .270 for the distance.

September 27, 2007, 04:26 PM
Granted, I would pick something besides both of those. .30-06 FOR LIFE.

September 27, 2007, 06:35 PM
I am taking a rifle chambered in .270 Win with me Elk hunting on Sunday. I choose this caliber because of the practicality of having to make shots out past 150 yards. If I knew that I could find an Elk and get to within 150 yards of him, I would leave the 270 in camp and take my 30-30. I am taking the 30-30 as a backup gun also. So, in all likelyhood, the 270 is a better choice due to distances you will most likely have to shoot.

September 27, 2007, 10:23 PM
AS much as I like shooting Marlins they are not going to be as accurate as needed beyond 100 yards. :(

September 30, 2007, 03:33 PM
i would personally take something in either .30-06 or .308... .35 has terrible drop at about 150yds if i'm not mistaken. that being said, you're more likely to see an elk at 200+ yds than 150-yds. out of your choices, .270 would be my pick in a higher grain bullet

September 30, 2007, 03:48 PM
Of the choices you give I picked the Remington 7600 in 270 Win but would prefer and personally hunt with a Remington 700 CDL in .30-06

September 30, 2007, 05:22 PM
If you shoot an elk at 100 yds or less with the 35 Remington it wii probably kill it. Probably, as long as shot placement is good. If you shoot an elk with a 270 out to 300-350 yds, you are probably going home with meat, as long as shot placement is good. That said, you are much more likely to seean elk at 300 yds than 100 yds. Take the 270. Load it with premium bullets.

October 1, 2007, 04:18 PM
I voted for the .270 but I think I would be more comfortale with a magnum 30 caliber such as a 300 Win. mag. Don't get me wrong, a 270 is just fine in the hands of a person who can place his or her shots well......but you should never compensate incompetence with a larger caliber.

October 1, 2007, 04:56 PM
.270 win

150 gr soft point bonded or partition.

equals dead elk.


Other choices aren't that bad either though.

October 1, 2007, 05:28 PM
.270 win

150 gr soft point bonded or partition.

equals dead elk.


I've yet to see an elk that either caliber will not kill. If you are looking for the challenge of the stalk take the .35 Rem. If you are hunting just to bring home meat or if you are hunting with the chance at a bull take the .270. The .270 will hit plenty hard enough to do the job, but I prefer the Nosler Partitions, not to say any other 150 grain wouldn't do the job as long as you do yours.

Take both that way you have a back up rifle.

October 4, 2007, 03:33 PM
For ME I would use a 308, I am one of those 308 guys. Feed it a good bullet somewhere 165 to 180 grain and you should be fine. This just gives you an excuse to get another rifle. If a new rifle is not in the future then go with the 270.

Charles S
October 4, 2007, 03:57 PM
There is no need to purchase another rifle your 270 with the proper load selection will work just fine.

Just choose a premium 150 gr bullet with a bonded core or the Barnes loading. Elk are not bullet proof.

However, if you want something new this is a great opportunity. I was in much the same situation and I choose a 300 Winchester. Having it all to do over again I probably would have saved my money for something else and took my 270 for my first hunt.

October 4, 2007, 05:53 PM
The 270 Win is a good choice, go with the heaviest bullet(150 grain).....hpg

JD 500
October 4, 2007, 05:56 PM
Which do you shoot better (More accurately) ?

Don't you love it when you give people two choices, and half of them pick the non-existant 3rd choice ?

Hell, I'll play.


You can take them from far away :D

October 4, 2007, 11:20 PM

You can take them from far away :D

+ 1

October 5, 2007, 12:14 AM
Where will you be hunting and under what conditions?

October 5, 2007, 12:16 AM
I voted to take the .270. with a nice low magnification scope you can reach out yonder and the pump action gives the option of going fast when your up close and things are moving quickly.

Load it with 150 grain Nosler Partitions.

October 12, 2007, 04:27 AM
Where will you be hunting and under what conditions?

Exactly what I was thinking. In my home state, if I was hunting the coast range where brush is thick and most shots would be less than 100 yds, I'd probably choose the Marlin, but on the eastern side (where I usually hunt) it's a lot more open country and you can't always get close. Then I use my '06.

October 12, 2007, 11:03 AM
Ifishsum beat me to it - really depends on where you are going.