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Old 06-10-2022, 07:33 AM   #1
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if you could only have 1 gun for muley and elk....

What's your choice?
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Old 06-10-2022, 07:38 AM   #2
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300 Win Mag. You have a wide array of bullets to choose from, and readily available.
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Old 06-10-2022, 07:43 AM   #3
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300 Win Mag. You have a wide array of bullets to choose from, and readily available.
Probably have to agree with this especially if you are willing/capable of taking longer shots
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Old 06-10-2022, 08:09 AM   #4
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Take your bow!!

I guess one I already own, my .338 win mag.
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Old 06-10-2022, 09:16 AM   #5
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300 WM without a doubt and don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
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Old 06-10-2022, 09:40 AM   #6
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I built a 7 rem mag for this exact purpose killed one elk with it and a handful of hogs with no problems so far shooting 162 gr sst hand loads.

Hopefully will get to shoot some deer with it this year and a cow elk in December.

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Old 06-10-2022, 09:48 AM   #7
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.300 Win Mag
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Old 06-10-2022, 12:13 PM   #8
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6.5x284 with 140's has work great for me with no issues. Mild recoil and easy recovery every time
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Old 06-10-2022, 12:18 PM   #9
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I’ve killed all of mine dead with a 7mm remmy.

Furthest kill shots were 659 yards on Muley and 731 yards on elk.
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Old 06-10-2022, 12:50 PM   #10
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.30 cal of something.

.300 win mag if you don't reload.
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Old 06-10-2022, 01:01 PM   #11
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I have a .300 WSM, so that’s what I’d use. It has killed elk before so it’s capable.
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Old 06-10-2022, 01:02 PM   #12
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280ai, my favorite
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Old 06-10-2022, 01:34 PM   #13
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Just a plain old 30-06 will work fine. Go bigger and hotter if you want.
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Old 06-10-2022, 02:35 PM   #14
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300 Win to me is a top dog mainly due to ammo availability. Personally my choice would be a 280AI as I handload, but factory ammo is becoming more available.


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Old 06-10-2022, 03:02 PM   #15
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I’ve used .270, .308 & 300 wm & felt very capable with either one of those choices, just like switching it up from time to time. Using Accubond bullets for each
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Old 06-10-2022, 03:31 PM   #16
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7 mag or 30-06 but a 243 win works fine.
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Old 06-10-2022, 04:35 PM   #17
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300 win mag. Flexibility and choices in bullet size. Power for larger animals and more energy down range for longer shots. Nearly every manufacturer makes each model in 300 wm.


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Old 06-10-2022, 04:38 PM   #18
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.270 all day.
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Old 06-10-2022, 04:40 PM   #19
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30-06 or 300 whinny just for the ammo array.
But…a big 7mm would be fine also.
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Old 06-10-2022, 04:51 PM   #20
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6.5x284 with 140's has work great for me with no issues. Mild recoil and easy recovery every time
6.5 PRC, which I have, is basically the same. The problem is finding ammo! I've killed elk and mule deer with my 270 WSM.
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Old 06-10-2022, 04:59 PM   #21
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Old 06-10-2022, 07:07 PM   #22
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7mag
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Old 06-10-2022, 07:42 PM   #23
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the one you can shoot accurately.
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Old 06-10-2022, 08:09 PM   #24
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300 WSM, just because its easyer to shoot than a 300WM
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Old 06-10-2022, 08:22 PM   #25
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300 WSM, just because its easyer to shoot than a 300WM
Please explain!
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Old 06-10-2022, 08:52 PM   #26
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Old 06-10-2022, 09:11 PM   #27
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I couldn’t decide between 300 win mag and 7 rem mag so I got both. Then I added a 6.5 prc too lmao
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Old 06-10-2022, 09:32 PM   #28
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Old 06-10-2022, 11:40 PM   #29
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28 nosler.... just had Alamo build it!

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Old 06-10-2022, 11:41 PM   #30
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I would like to try a 28 Nosler, on some mulies, I would bet it is a great muley cartridge. But would be very happy with a 7mm Rem. Mag. Either of the calibers would work for elk, but I would prefer a larger bore and heavier bullet, than is commonly used in a 7mm. I would prefer a 300 to 33 caliber magnum caliber for elk. A 300 Win. Mag. 300 Rum, 300 Weatherby would all be great choices. but I have wanted a 8mm Rem. Mag for years. If you could find a decent selection of bullets in 32 caliber, I think that would be my favorite elk caliber, that or maybe the 338 RUM.

I realize both critters have been killed with a lot smaller calibers, but when I do get to go on hunts, for something I don't get to do very often, I would like to increase my chances of bringing something home.

Now if I lived in Wyoming or Montana, and only had to drive 2 hours or less, to be in prime elk or mulie range. Then I would likely choose a smaller caliber. I would likely use a 7mm Rem. Mag for everything.

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Old 06-11-2022, 02:48 AM   #31
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Current mountain rifle is in 7mm-08.

backup is a 6.5 prc
been thinking of reducing recoil considered 6mm cm or fast twist .243 before ordering a Sako S20 in 6.5 cm. For now the 7mm-08 is still my goto.
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Old 06-11-2022, 09:44 AM   #32
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Right now it’s a .270 Winchester.


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Old 06-11-2022, 09:59 AM   #33
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A .300 is awesome elk medicine for sure and I carried my 9 lbs win m70 for 35 years
These days I will pack a 6.5-284 , or other milder recoil rifle, “ I am not a fan of cans or muzzle breaks “
Any 6.5 - .270 , 280 is bueno for western states
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Old 06-11-2022, 10:32 AM   #34
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30.06. If you can make longer shots 300 win or similar.
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Old 06-12-2022, 06:54 AM   #35
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My choice is what I have used for elk and mule deer for years, 280 Rem.
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Old 06-12-2022, 07:10 AM   #36
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Old 06-12-2022, 12:45 PM   #37
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For me, a 30 cal magnum of choice.

It would be a wm if I didn't reload. I reload and run a 30 nosler.

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Old 06-12-2022, 01:03 PM   #38
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I use a 300 win mag a lot.. for deer and hogs… It would be good for muleys and elk…
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:08 AM   #39
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My McWhorter 7 sprc is what I chose. I will be using for everything in NA with the exception of my moose/brown bear trip.

If shooting factory ammo, the .300 win is probably the most logical choice.
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Old 06-13-2022, 12:20 PM   #40
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7mag or 300 win mag. Can get ammo for it fairly easily in comparison to anything else out there.
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Old 06-13-2022, 02:29 PM   #41
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6.5 PRC, which I have, is basically the same. The problem is finding ammo! I've killed elk and mule deer with my 270 WSM.
I've got a 7 mag I'm thinking of rebarreling to a 20" 6.5PRC, but have a6.5x284 already which is basically the same but just lighter gun overall. I'm a sissy now and don't like the 7 mags and up. I shot my bull elk last year at 640yds with 6.5x284 and watched the vapor trail all the way to impact. No way I could have done that with larger caliber.
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Old 06-14-2022, 01:19 PM   #42
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Sure hard to go against a 300 Win Mag as many have said. Just tons of options for ammo and rifles if you aren't going custom. Everyone chambers their rifles in 300WM.
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Old 06-14-2022, 01:30 PM   #43
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Whichever one tickles your fancy. I've got an 06, dad has a 300wsm, and a buddy has a .270. They've all done the job out west.
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Old 06-14-2022, 01:37 PM   #44
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Just a plain old 30-06 will work fine. Go bigger and hotter if you want.
Killed two bull elk with one.

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7 mag or 30-06 but a 243 win works fine.
I'd take my .243 in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-14-2022, 04:13 PM   #45
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I think I am down to 7mm or 300

Hell, maybe I'll follow t8's plan and get both

Appreciate the info

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Old 06-14-2022, 04:32 PM   #46
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If recoil and the increased cost of magnum ammunition are non issues, then I would say the .300 Win Mag or 7mm Rem Mag are excellent choices. As I age, I seem to notice and be affected by recoil more than I used to. For me, I would choose the .30-06 or .270 Win as I seem to be more confident with those rounds due to less recoil. Since I don't handload, factory ammunition is what I shoot, and factory loads are cheaper in non-magnum calibers. For me the key would be plenty of practice, knowing the range limitations of the cartridge you select, and then choosing to make ethical shots on game that fall both within the distance you are capable of accurately shooting and the cartridge's ability to deliver a lethal wound based upon velocity and available energy at said distance. I have shot the Hornady Superformance rounds in several calibers, and they have all been extremely accurate, and they yield muzzle velocity increases of 100-200 fps over standard factory loads all without an increase in recoil. Although it doesn't turn a .30-06 into a .330 Win Mag, it does get you closer to .300 Win Mag performance than standard factory loads without the increase in recoil. Not sure what the max distances are you would be shooting, but even the 7mm-08 and .308 Win are capable rounds if shots are kept at reasonable distances.

I know hunters that hunt out west, especially those that hike many miles up in the mountains, and they appreciate a light weight rifle that carries easily. Unless one uses a suppressor that adds length and weight, or a muzzle break, a hunter must determine how much recoil he can handle in comparison to rifle weight and still shoot accurately at long distances. This is where the balancing act of rifle weight and recoil tolerance come into play. Good luck to the OP as you do your research to determine the best caliber for your needs.

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Old 06-14-2022, 05:22 PM   #47
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7Mag every time for me. 162 gr matched.

Lots of good choices out there. Especially of you have the budget to build something special
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:40 PM   #48
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300 Win Mag. You have a wide array of bullets to choose from, and readily available.
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:43 PM   #49
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My 300wsm. Short action for a lighter weight rifle and just plain old good ballistics for everything we hunt up here. Shoots fairly flat, I load 165-168 gr bullets but the spouse loads 180 grs.
Recoil is not bad at all, way easier on a shoulder than a 300WM.


I do feel ammo is more readily available for say a 300WM or 7mag off the shelf.
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Old 06-15-2022, 07:44 AM   #50
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I think your most important choice should be bullet composition rather than caliber, within reasonable “elk calibers”. You can have a large caliber magnum rifle, but if you’re using a poorly constructed bullet, it won’t matter.
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