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Old September 4, 2012, 10:31 PM   #21
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I've killed elk with rifles from .243 win to 338 win mag and with a 44 mag revolver I carried daily when I lived in Colorado. I have seen many others killed with all types of calibers so I know that there are calibers that are proven performers and they start at the 7mm Rem mag and get bigger. Just because you can kill elk with small calibers you cannot let the exception be the rule. You are about to go on your first elk hunt from the sounds of it so I would opt for as big a gun as you can accurately shoot and go with someone who can tell you if and when and where to shoot. Elk are big and tough. The 700 pound elk mentioned is a monster most big cows will go 400 or a little more. Good luck.
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