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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #50 on: May 17, 2017, 07:49:21 AM »
In our elk camp we have 4 guys with .270s. Many elk have gone down with one 150gr .270 round

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #51 on: May 17, 2017, 07:52:40 AM »
i think when you start taking shoulder shots you can really start going lighter on the choice of rifle.  Ive seen a noticeable increase in stopping power as you increase bullet size for behind the shoulder shots.  Most stop in tracks with .338, some run aways with .300 and further with .270 but when you hit shoulder, neck, spine results even out.   This is from my small sample of two dozen elk but I've read colorado ranch guys shooting 150 a year voice similar stories.   At long range I've switched to shoulder point of aim.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #52 on: May 17, 2017, 07:59:14 AM »
I'll take a high lung and get guaranteed results. Nothing lives without lungs and the bullet trauma 99% of the time upsets the spinal cord enough to cause loss of motor skills to the rear. Elk don't travel well in front wheel drive without lungs.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #53 on: May 17, 2017, 08:09:07 AM »
Bought a nice Browning Medallion Grade III back a few years ago in .325 WSM.  Plan on using it the next time out for elk.  Yeah, I know, limited ammo, etc., but appears to be a heck of an elk caliber according to some good articles that found it to be excellent on elk.

An old timer, like I ain't one :chuckle: told me one time the best elk gun he ever hunted with was a .375 H&H.  He said it never failed him with shots that would have been doubtful with other calibers in the terrain he hunted in.....for what it's worth.
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2017, 08:15:15 AM »
I use my old 300 Wby.  It has almost exactly the same trajectory as my 22-250s, 243s & 17 Rem that I shoot rockchucks with in the summer.  That or my Model 71.  I wouldn't be too concerned about a 270 not being large enough caliber. 

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #55 on: May 17, 2017, 08:25:56 AM »
I'm just lucky I guess. I've killed a dozen with inadequate rifles without issues and another dozen with the recommended rifles......and I continue to use inadequate rifles because I shoot them well and stuff dies on contact.

I've even killed a few with a stick and string....LOL.    :chuckle: :chuckle:

No one is trying to talk him out of a new rifle.......matter of fact, I would reccomend a rifle for East side elk, west side elk and possible even a different rifle for when you draw the cow elk permit.  I vote for a 300 win mag (or variant), 338 or 416 rigby (because it's cool).  Maybe all three.  :tup:

If your going with a 416 rigby why not the 338 lapua same case with a 338 bullet.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #56 on: May 17, 2017, 10:36:11 AM »
7mm rem mag for all big game in WA.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #57 on: May 17, 2017, 11:23:11 AM »
325 wsm elk 243 wssm deer

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #58 on: May 17, 2017, 12:24:18 PM »
Anything less than a GAU-8 is unethical for elk.  :tup:
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #59 on: May 17, 2017, 12:33:33 PM »
Thanks all for the replies. Sounds like I opened up a pretty good debate on the matter. One thing I have learned over the past is never discuss religion, sports or politics and now I can add what caliber should I use for elk hunting. :tup: In all seriousness though thanks for the help. As of right now I think maybe I will stay with my .270 and go with a 150 gr bullet. If I do get the itch to buy another I won't go with a 30-06 as I would not gain much from my .270. So if anyone has a good idea of a bullet I can use for elk in .270 I am all ears. Currently I am using 130 gr Federal ammo for deer.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #60 on: May 17, 2017, 12:39:13 PM »
150 Nosler Partitions are very popular

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #61 on: May 17, 2017, 12:46:12 PM »
I know you said 150 gr bullets, but you might consider 140 gr Barnes TTSX or 140 gr Nosler Accubond  :twocents:

(BTW - bullet choice is potentially another controversial topic). ;)   :chuckle:
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #62 on: May 17, 2017, 12:58:27 PM »
I would argue bullet weight is not as important as bullet construction.  130 grain bonded bullets will kill an elk (Barnes, Nosler partition / accubond, etc.).  I have always been partial to the 150 grain nosler partition, but am currently working a load for the 140 grian Bergers VLD Hunters.   :tup:

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #63 on: May 17, 2017, 01:46:08 PM »
I would argue bullet weight is not as important as bullet construction.  130 grain bonded bullets will kill an elk (Barnes, Nosler partition / accubond, etc.).  I have always been partial to the 150 grain nosler partition, but am currently working a load for the 140 grian Bergers VLD Hunters.   :tup:

My 257 100tsx did a complete pass through on a Westside cow @ 400 yards. Never took a step. I'd not sweat any bullet in a 270win as every bullet made was designed to work at its velocity.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #64 on: May 17, 2017, 01:49:54 PM »
.270 for elk is crazy talk.  It's virtually impossible to kill an elk with a bullet that's barely 1/4" wide--just look at how big those critters are!  My rule of thumb is to multiply the feet by the pounds to get minimum energy at 500 yards-- so for an elk, it's 4(number of feet) times 600(pounds of elk)=2400 ft-pounds at 500 yards.  Simple, right?

I used to use a .30-06, but I had a cow take a step once after the shot, so I quit that one.

Now I only use a .50 cal.  Almost twice as much gun as a .270.  A .54 would be exactly twice as much gun, but bullet selection suffers for .54s, and honestly, .54 is overkill.  My 290gr Barnes bullets put 'em down good and hard.  They're twice as big, so they're over six times as good (bullet goodness= Pi times diameter)!  If I feel like I need a little more zip, I just pour in a little more powder.  Ka-POW!

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #65 on: May 17, 2017, 03:16:55 PM »
Thanks all for the replies. Sounds like I opened up a pretty good debate on the matter. One thing I have learned over the past is never discuss religion, sports or politics and now I can add what caliber should I use for elk hunting. :tup: In all seriousness though thanks for the help. As of right now I think maybe I will stay with my .270 and go with a 150 gr bullet. If I do get the itch to buy another I won't go with a 30-06 as I would not gain much from my .270. So if anyone has a good idea of a bullet I can use for elk in .270 I am all ears. Currently I am using 130 gr Federal ammo for deer.

Thanks.

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #66 on: May 17, 2017, 03:56:00 PM »
.270 win 140gn sst 58.5gn h4831

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #67 on: May 17, 2017, 04:03:06 PM »
Another vote for 140AB (NOT SST)

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #68 on: May 17, 2017, 04:04:48 PM »
I use the 140 Accubond in my .270win. Deadly.
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #69 on: May 17, 2017, 04:10:14 PM »
You want a elk droping ,deer slayer,bear hamburger,cougar Killen ,round then you need these.

I don't like to put these out there cause when I buy them I like to be able to find them .But for a huntwashington member I will hook u up.

This is what you need,nosler bullet,loaded in winchester cases.accubonded holds almost all there weight,with a bad@as mushroom that punches quarter size holes in everything you shoot.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #70 on: May 17, 2017, 04:13:08 PM »
I use the 140 Accubond in my .270win. Deadly.
I was writing same thing you thinking , that what I use in my 270 win anyway.

And they just look cool,and work better than they they look.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #71 on: May 17, 2017, 04:20:52 PM »
You want a elk droping ,deer slayer,bear hamburger,cougar Killen ,round then you need these.

I don't like to put these out there cause when I buy them I like to be able to find them .But for a huntwashington member I will hook u up.

This is what you need,nosler bullet,loaded in winchester cases.accubonded holds almost all there weight,with a bad@as mushroom that punches quarter size holes in everything you shoot.

I remember back when Bill Steiger was not having a lot of luck getting the major manufacturers to look at his bonded bullet concept.  Now it sems that almost all have incorporated it into some of their designs. 

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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #72 on: May 17, 2017, 04:26:40 PM »
I sound like a car salesman ,but they do work good.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #73 on: May 17, 2017, 04:31:49 PM »
Anything less than a GAU-8 is unethical for elk.  :tup:


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Re: what caliber do you all use?
« Reply #74 on: May 17, 2017, 04:41:25 PM »
I've found an F150 to be my most effective caliber to date.

 

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