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Equipment & Gear => Guns and Ammo => Topic started by: thurman on June 11, 2020, 01:44:47 PM

Title: New Elk gun
Post by: thurman on June 11, 2020, 01:44:47 PM
Selling my dirt bike to fund a new elk\bear  hunting rifle. Thinking about a .300 win mag should have about 3,000 for scope and gun. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: jakeweb on June 11, 2020, 02:03:18 PM
Save up a bit extra and get one build by rBros if you shop the classifieds you can get one done for not a lot more then your budget listed
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: mountainman on June 11, 2020, 08:34:43 PM
Save up a bit extra and get one build by rBros if you shop the classifieds you can get one done for not a lot more then your budget listed
Travis knows how to put one together right👍
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: highside74 on June 11, 2020, 08:41:52 PM
You can get a Browning X-bolt or a Tikka T3X and top it with a Leupold VX-5 or VX-6 spending under $3k and have a rifle that will shoot sub moa. Then put the rest of the money you saved not buying custom toward something more responsible or not and use it to go hunting.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: NWShooter on June 11, 2020, 08:48:46 PM
.300 Win Mag.👍 I picked up a .300 PRC and ditched it after 3 range sessions with the Magnetto Speed. It canít hang with the .300 Win Mag.

Give Benchmark a call in Arlington. They have incredibly accurate barrels. I donít think most main stream builders can get a custom done by this big game season. 
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: yorketransport on June 11, 2020, 08:51:30 PM
That's a pretty generous budget, you can buy a pretty nice setup for that kind of money.

Couple questions:

- Do you reload?
- What weight range for the complete package?
- Do you have a specific action that you like?
- Wood stock or synthetic?
- What ranges are you comfortable shooting an animal at?
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: rtspring on June 11, 2020, 08:56:21 PM
.300 RUM in Rem 700.  You will never need another gun.  Spend some money on the scope!! 

A 1000 dollar rifle will kill an animal just as dead as a 3000 dollar rifle. 
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: kentrek on June 11, 2020, 09:54:05 PM
Yes you can always get by driving a moped to work...but...if its worth doing it's worth over doing...I vote full custom

Have you considered a chasis rifle ?

Rbros 338 rbh will be my next elk rifle
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: NWShooter on June 12, 2020, 12:21:52 AM
.300 RUM in Rem 700.  You will never need another gun.  Spend some money on the scope!! 

A 1000 dollar rifle will kill an animal just as dead as a 3000 dollar rifle.

.338 RUM.. If weíre playing the RUM game.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Bango skank on June 12, 2020, 12:24:16 AM
.300 RUM in Rem 700.  You will never need another gun.  Spend some money on the scope!! 

A 1000 dollar rifle will kill an animal just as dead as a 3000 dollar rifle.

.338 RUM.. If weíre playing the RUM game.

Captain morgans private stock, if were playing the RUM game.   :brew:
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Bango skank on June 12, 2020, 12:27:46 AM
If it were me, id grab one of these bad boys.  Its light enough that you could slap a big *censored* heavy scope on it, and its threaded so you could add a brake, and get a suppressor later on when youre feeling moneyed up again.

https://www.savagearms.com/content?p=firearms&a=product_summary&s=57577
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: NWShooter on June 12, 2020, 02:58:52 AM
.300 RUM in Rem 700.  You will never need another gun.  Spend some money on the scope!! 

A 1000 dollar rifle will kill an animal just as dead as a 3000 dollar rifle.

.338 RUM.. If weíre playing the RUM game.

Captain morgans private stock, if were playing the RUM game.   :brew:


The .300 RUM at SAAMI spec is a failed cartridge. Throat, Mag length, quality bullet length, seating depth is a frikn Caitlyn Jenner doll. The math is a total yard sale. The shorter case and increased diameter of the .338 RUM puuuuuurs like a freshly divorced...... Iíll leave it at that.👍😉
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Magnum_Willys on June 12, 2020, 04:57:11 AM
Browning X-bolt Hells Canyon 300 wsm at $1100 or bump to 28 Nosler in McMillan version for $600 more.   Top with choice if turret optics and go shoot. 

Or look for used custom .   

Agree too late to be positive of getting custom built this year unless you find parts in stock from other than mfgs and locate small smith thats not busy. 

Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: NW SURVEYOR on June 12, 2020, 06:05:11 AM
Thurman,
If I were you, and I'm not;
Take an existing standard length rifle that you like,
Have it re-barreled to a 33 Nosler or a 338 Norma Magnum. ($600)
You will then really have something unique that packs a punch.
I took an old Sako Finnbear and re-barreled to 33 Nosler and it shoots like a house on fire.
270 grain ELDXs at 2950fps out of a 25" barrel.
Take the time to check out the ballistics, they're pretty darn good.
Call any time (425) 894-3330.
Good Luck.
Rob.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Magnum_Willys on June 12, 2020, 06:48:41 AM
Pretty sure the Norma doesnt work well with std bolt size....  great cartridge tho.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: b23 on June 12, 2020, 07:06:37 AM
You should be able to get into something like a Christensen Arms Ridgeline in 30 Nosler/300 PRC/300 Win mag, and depending on what you want to scope it with, stay within your budget.

This place seems to have them at as good a price as I've seen and includes free shipping. https://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.com/products2.cfm/ID/197910

Can't say that I've always been all that much of a Christensen Arms fan but they seem to be producing some pretty accurate rifles now and for $1699 you pretty much get a full custom.  I can tell you first hand, you certainly can't have a custom, or even semi custom, built for that.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Zardoz on June 12, 2020, 05:34:30 PM
Why so complicated for a rifle? I've taken dozens of Elk with my old Ruger 30/ 06 out to 400+ yards. Optics is what will help you the best and time behind the trigger.  :twocents:
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: mountainman on June 12, 2020, 05:40:03 PM
Why so complicated for a rifle? I've taken dozens of Elk with my old Ruger 30/ 06 out to 400+ yards. Optics is what will help you the best and time behind the trigger.  :twocents:
Sometimes its made more complicated then it needs to be..
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: yorketransport on June 12, 2020, 08:51:59 PM
Why so complicated for a rifle? I've taken dozens of Elk with my old Ruger 30/ 06 out to 400+ yards. Optics is what will help you the best and time behind the trigger.  :twocents:
Sometimes its made more complicated then it needs to be..

Why isnít there only one model of car? It would really simplify the car buying process....

Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Alchase on June 12, 2020, 09:00:41 PM
Why so complicated for a rifle? I've taken dozens of Elk with my old Ruger 30/ 06 out to 400+ yards. Optics is what will help you the best and time behind the trigger.  :twocents:
Sometimes its made more complicated then it needs to be..

Why isnít there only one model of car? It would really simplify the car buying process....



But with our luck they would all be Prius's  :chuckle:
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Buckjunkie on June 12, 2020, 09:06:04 PM
.300 RUM in Rem 700.  You will never need another gun.  Spend some money on the scope!! 

A 1000 dollar rifle will kill an animal just as dead as a 3000 dollar rifle.

.338 RUM.. If weíre playing the RUM game.

Captain morgans private stock, if were playing the RUM game.   :brew:

Did we just become best friends? The RUM is the end of all things that roam the earth.

I started out with a Rem 700 that I won in a raffle. Shot like crap, so I re-barreled it. Shot that barrel out and re-barreled it again. Put a new stock on it. Blueprinted the action and topped off with a VX6 HD 4-24 x 56.

Prints .5 MOA with 200g accubond bullets at 3218FPS. Havenít needed the long range capability with that one as the last few animals have been off hand at close range, but I have shot it out to 1370 yards. Scary accurate.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: MADMAX on June 12, 2020, 09:46:28 PM
The only thing I donít like about my 300RUM
Itís freakin heavy

Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Magnum_Willys on June 13, 2020, 02:19:38 PM
The only thing I donít like about my 300RUM
Itís freakin heavy

You want a light one ?  Hehe.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: MADMAX on June 13, 2020, 04:04:16 PM
Got one
The 300 RUM is my ďsomedayĒ moose gun
Iíve been using my Kimber mountain ascent as my go to hunting rifle for everything else Iím hunting currently
But the RUM does certainly shoot very well
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Magnum_Willys on June 13, 2020, 07:45:54 PM
 :tup: was thinking you wanted a light RUM !  heheh
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: mountainman on June 13, 2020, 08:25:24 PM
Got one
The 300 RUM is my ďsomedayĒ moose gun
Iíve been using my Kimber mountain ascent as my go to hunting rifle for everything else Iím hunting currently
But the RUM does certainly shoot very well

Nothing wrong with the 300 Ultra. Beats the 300 win by a good margin, even in a SAAMI chambered rifle, even more in a custom chamber. Would serve you good on that future moose hunt, and would handle anything the OP would ask of it.👍😉
Bottom line, so many cartridges will work for the OP's purposes. But to disparge any of those "suitable" calibers is just silly, and usually comes from those that spend too much time on the web or range, and not enough time shooting game. Real world experience some would say.
😊
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: MADMAX on June 13, 2020, 08:35:03 PM
Someday Im going to the Yukon

Itís my bucket hunt

I love my 270 WSM Kimber
Iíd use it for elk
I also love my .257 Roy
And it would also drop an elk
Itís all placement
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: mountainman on June 13, 2020, 08:39:51 PM
Someday Im going to the Yukon

Itís my bucket hunt


They grow big in the Yukon! My bucket list too👍
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: bod on June 15, 2020, 05:27:08 PM
The guys steering you towards the Browning XBolt and Tikka are steering you in the right and practical direction.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: kball4 on June 17, 2020, 07:27:06 AM
Go big and fast .338 win mag.  I have a savage bear hunter stainless/fluted barrel, aluminum bedded stock with a on/off muzzle brake, topped off this a vortex 4x16 viper.  With the brake on less kick than 30-06 but you better have ear plugs, I always carry a pair of foam ones around my neck.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: jasnt on June 17, 2020, 04:13:26 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: TooTallMike on June 17, 2020, 04:23:38 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge

You take that back!

You hurt my pre 64 model 70's feelings 😭😭😭
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: High Climber on June 17, 2020, 04:24:03 PM
I bought a lightly used Fierce Fury 300 win mag and put a VX 5 on it. In it under $2500. Itís a really nice combo and even I can shoot tiny groups with it. I have a rem 700 adl in 300RUM that I was thinking about souping up but couldnít match the price for what I was getting in the Fierce and guaranteed .5 MOA
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Buckjunkie on June 17, 2020, 05:03:05 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge

You take that back!

You hurt my pre 64 model 70's feelings 😭😭😭

Thatís funny right there...I donít care who you are :chuckle:
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: jasnt on June 17, 2020, 06:26:03 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge

You take that back!

You hurt my pre 64 model 70's feelings 😭😭😭
😂. Oh man I just about sent whiskey and lemonade out my nose. 🔥
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: thurman on June 30, 2020, 11:46:01 AM
Sold my bike for 3500 so had a little more to work with. Pulled the trigger last night on a Tikka T3x Lite Veil Alpine .300 Win Mag and a Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm.
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: Magnum_Willys on July 04, 2020, 01:28:16 PM
Sold my bike for 3500 so had a little more to work with. Pulled the trigger last night on a Tikka T3x Lite Veil Alpine .300 Win Mag and a Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm.

Good Call !  Learn how to use those dials or order the cds.   Zero at 200 rotates to 700 in first rotation if I recall.
Use Berger 215ís and good to 1000.   Iíve had good luck with box of factory 215 Bergers even.   3Ē group at 500. 
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: TVHunts on July 08, 2020, 04:54:04 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge

You take that back!

You hurt my pre 64 model 70's feelings 😭😭😭

Me too, what a big stick Bully! 
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: jasnt on July 08, 2020, 09:44:26 PM
338 win mag is kinda anemic compared to many of the 338ís available.  Jmo.   May as well go edge

You take that back!

You hurt my pre 64 model 70's feelings 😭😭😭

Me too, what a big stick Bully! 
oh you know you guys love me. Even with all my weird quirks. 
Title: Re: New Elk gun
Post by: coachcw on July 09, 2020, 06:33:43 AM
28 nosler with a ziess 5-15 hd one and done.