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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2020, 11:19:54 AM »
I prefer the look and feel of the 94s. Handloaded 220gr. in .375 seems to kill big things very dead. Easy carry and not hard on the shoulder.

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2020, 08:05:54 PM »
I love leverguns for elk.   I own about 8 or 9.
A 45 colt is too light in my opinion.  Most factory ammo is loaded lighter for old Colt SAAs although there are some +P options.

You can probably find a used Winchester 88 for about $500 in 308.  They don't have great triggers, but they are good nuff.  For Savage 99's you can also get in about the same price point, in 300 savage or 308.

I also think the 444, 4570, 35 remington are all excellent calibers for Western Oregon and Washington.

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2020, 08:34:24 PM »
Any of you all have any feed back on the Hornady FTX bullets in lever guns on game animals?
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2020, 10:59:29 PM »
I shot my first elk with my dads Marlin 336 .35 Remington. Good old core-locs. They are fast shooting guns. I was able to hit it 4 times before it could run away. My dream lever gun is an old Texan in .35 Remington.

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #49 on: May 18, 2020, 05:28:05 AM »
I shot my first elk with my dads Marlin 336 .35 Remington. Good old core-locs. They are fast shooting guns. I was able to hit it 4 times before it could run away. My dream lever gun is an old Texan in .35 Remington.
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2020, 10:01:56 PM »
Winchester 88 in .308 or .358. Fast handling gun! I own two of them and they are great guns!
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2020, 09:23:24 PM »
I've been looking for an excuse to pick up a 45.70 lever action for wetside hunting. Only thing is I have bad arthritis in my shoulders. I haven't ever shot this round so I'm expecting the recoil is substantial but not having experienced it can it be described as sharp or more of a thumper? Real technical I know. I've hunted with 30.06 for deer and elk most of my life so is it a lot worse recoil than a model 700 with a 180 grain? Would the lighter grain ammo in 45.70 still be adequate for elk?

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2020, 09:34:12 PM »
I know it is a hard one to find but what about a Savage 99 in .264 Winchester?
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #53 on: May 23, 2020, 10:40:20 PM »
I've been looking for an excuse to pick up a 45.70 lever action for wetside hunting. Only thing is I have bad arthritis in my shoulders. I haven't ever shot this round so I'm expecting the recoil is substantial but not having experienced it can it be described as sharp or more of a thumper? Real technical I know. I've hunted with 30.06 for deer and elk most of my life so is it a lot worse recoil than a model 700 with a 180 grain? Would the lighter grain ammo in 45.70 still be adequate for elk?

It is not insubstantial.....   at least in my guide gun. 

I'd be lying if I said I wanted to take it out and shoot it all day. 
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #54 on: May 24, 2020, 05:55:29 AM »
I popped off a few shots with the Hornady 325 Flex tips on Friday. First time Id fired my 1895.  I was expecting more recoil. Maybe Id built it up in my head. I would not want to lay prone over a bag all day. Far less than my 12 gauge with turkey loads.  More like a heavy shove than a sharp kick.

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #55 on: May 24, 2020, 11:45:19 AM »
Thanks guys, I can deal with the heavy shove kind of recoil, it's the real sharp stuff that I regret and feel for days afterward. I've always wanted one so I'm gonna go for it and if it doesn't work out one of my grand kids or nephews can inherit the thing at some point.

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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #57 on: May 27, 2020, 03:26:01 AM »
no ones mentioned the 30/40krag lever action for elk. still has decent fps and lbs when it hits its target.
Old for sure but still a very good lever action of the dark woods of that area.
I inherited mine from my dad when he passed.
I'm trying to start my own lever-action collection. so yeah.
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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #58 on: May 27, 2020, 10:49:32 AM »
I think the ideal timber rifle might be a Browning BAR in 7mm Mag or .300 Win Mag. I owned a Browning BLR in 7mm Mag but I was not fond of the rifle. It was pretty inaccurate and not nearly as fast on follow up shots as my dads BAR in .300 Win Mag. Just a thought.


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Re: Lever Action for Elk Hunting
« Reply #59 on: May 31, 2020, 11:44:28 AM »
I grew up hunting elk with a Winchester Model 88 .308 with a 2x7 Leupold, and killed several elk with it while hunting the westside.  Follow up shots are quick with the lever actions. 
I recently bought another 88 calibered in .284 Win., because I love these rifles. 
I ditto what riverrun mentioned, they are great guns. 
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