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New Elk Rifle Help
« on: November 11, 2023, 06:54:54 PM »
Looking for input on my next rifle.

I'm looking for a 300 Win Mag rifle under $2,000. I will be mounting a Nightforce NX8 4x32x50mm to it (already own it).

Some thoughts:
1. I want a long range (capable of 700 yards or better) elk rifle.
2. I currently shoot 180 accubonds (factory round). Also, I really like what I've seen from Federal Terminal Ascents.
3. I have reloading equipment so I may shift to that in the future.
4. "Build" potential is interesting to me, but, admittedly, I'd be surprised if I ever really "build" anything in the future.
5. I'm not opposed to changing out a factory trigger.
6. I prefer a cerekote finish.
7. I really like what I see with the Browning X-bolt Hell's Canyon but a small portion of reviews are scary...
8.I have a Tikka T3X in 6.5 Creedmoor and am happy thus far.
9. Generally, I like a lightweight rifle, as I tend to put on a lot of miles each day. However, I think lightweight has held me back somewhat and am okay with a somewhat heavier rifle for stability.

Any thoughts on what I should be looking at?

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2023, 07:00:13 PM »
Browning x-bolt max long range. Been a solid rifle for me. I'm shooting federal premium 185grain berger hybrid factory ammo and it just flat out gets the job done.

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2023, 07:09:35 PM »
My son in law bought a winchester model70 extreme weather tungsten 26Ē barrel he put a browning recoil hawg brake on it shoots 200 grain terminal accent
Shoots great the factory trigger breaks like glass
Took his first deer this season with it
It will be a great elk rifle also
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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2023, 07:09:54 PM »
Savage ultralite in 300wsm.  My son shoots 180 accubonds and it is stupid accurate.  Lite, accurate and the action can always be rebarreled with limited tools. 

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2023, 07:11:51 PM »
Here are the ballistics with 180 grain accubonds that we handloads. 

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2023, 07:13:45 PM »
Here are the ballistics with 168 grain hammer hunter tipped (HHT)

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2023, 07:23:11 PM »
If you want long range then ditch factory ammo and load your own. Since you like Tikka take a look at the Veil with its heavier barrel. Lightweight and long range don't always go together, but aren't mutually exclusive either, especially if you go carbon. A lot of people like the Christensen Ridgeline. I personally don't like the feel of the stock, but it's popular.

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2023, 07:48:27 PM »
Not opposed to the Tikka T3X Viel. Any thoughts on 26" vs. 24" barrel? 1:8" twist vs. 1:10"?

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2023, 08:33:35 PM »
Not opposed to the Tikka T3X Viel. Any thoughts on 26" vs. 24" barrel? 1:8" twist vs. 1:10"?

Given the choice 1:8 to push heavies or monos without sacrificing too much weight.  24-26 is negligible but I like long tubes so given the choice 26.  Definitely not afraid of 24.  I like brakes so 26 starts to get long and thatís where 24s excel.  Coin flip really.  My 2 cents.

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2023, 08:40:50 PM »
Listen to the Savage ultralite advice. Buy another gun that's fine, but good luck finding a rifle that is as accurate as a savage ultralite as factory. Imo though but the 7mm prc

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2023, 09:59:50 PM »
I used to keep my Rem 700 SPS 300WM in stock configuration. It sure jumped around a lot and was unpleasant to shoot. Got it threaded, shot it suppressed with a Dead Air Primal. The suppression and front end weight made it much easier to shoot.

Version 2.5: Put it in a Magpul stock, Magpul bipod, changed to Timney trigger, put a Magnus on it. Factory 180gr Accubonds were dead on and the rifle weighed more. Shot enough to be happy with it, changed to loading the same bullets with all the Nosler brass I had shot. 

The trade off of weight just had to be accepted to make the rifle less jumpy so that I would shoot more. The weight in the field while packingÖjust has to deal with it.


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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2023, 04:50:53 AM »
I really like Accubonds. But Iíve had better long-range accuracy with Barnes TTSX. Iíve loaded for several 300wm LR guns, and a 180TTSX is hard to beat. Itís also devastating on large game. You might give it a try if you start loading for it.

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2023, 06:23:06 AM »
I have the tikka t3x veil in 6.5 PRC and shot my elk at 500 yards on the dot. The rifle is impressive and so nice to shoot. I donít think you can go wrong going that route!

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2023, 06:52:52 AM »
You might look at the Springfield Arms Waypoint 2020. Incredibly accurate rifle. Mine shoots 1/2 MOA all day long.

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Re: New Elk Rifle Help
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2023, 03:55:31 PM »
Donít be afraid of weatherby mark Vs. they are good shooters once you find the load they like which generally is not hard to do.

 


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