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What's the best Elk rifle?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by cchardwick, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. cchardwick


    Dec 16, 2003
    I've been looking around for a good elk rifle. I know a guide who leads elk guides and swears by the 300 Win Mag. Do you think this is the best elk rifle? I probably won't hunt deer but you never know. Has anyone ever shot a deer with a 300 Win Mag? I don't have a rifle yet, only a shotgun and a bunch of handguns (except my ruger 10/22 22 Magnum). What do you guys use for Elk? I really have my eye on Remington's new Titanium 700. This doesn't come in 300 Win Mag but is offered in 300 Rem SA Ultra Mag (whatever that is). What do you think?


  2. ILikeFtLbs


    Nov 4, 2002
    That'll get the job done fine. It's light weight will be very helpfull too.

    Other calibers you might want to look at are
    7mm mag, 30-06, 7mm STW, 270 and some of the weatherby stuff.

  3. Alsatian


    Jan 7, 2004
    My personal favorite .300 Weatherby Mag.
    .338 Win mag a close second.....Period!!
  4. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    Any of the various .300 mags will do a fine job. Try one first to see if you can handle the recoil. If so, you're good-to-go. If not look into a .270, .280, or 30/06.

    My elk and other BG hunting chores are handled these days by either a 6.5 Swede or 7x57 loaded with heavy bullets at moderate velocities. Very light recoil on my end, lethal killing power on the other.
  5. repete34

    repete34 In God I trust

    Aug 31, 2000
    United States of America
    I also agree with tjpet, but would include the .308 win., I have used it on Elk as well as others and it works just fine. At 200 yards with a 165gr. it went clean through, and killed with one shot.
  6. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Cochise County, AZ
    .300 RSAUM in a 6 3/8lb rifle. I bet that kicks just a tad. :)

    It takes a lot of little grains of powder to fill those cases so be aware ammo is pricey in that caliber.
  7. double_trouble


    Nov 29, 2003
    My personal favorite is the Remington 700 BDL in 7mm Remington Magnum.

    The 7mm and 300 Mag are both pretty heavy for deer. Witness a young Mule deer buck shot in the spine with a 300 mag was almost cut into two pieces. Not a pretty site and rather a waste of an animal.

    I would recommend you get a .270 or 30-06 for deer and step up to the magnums for Elk and other large animals.

    Best of luck, let us know what you purchase.
  8. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    The .300 is a great cartridge, but is not necessary to kill an elk cleanly. A .308 or 30-06 would do just fine and have a lot less recoil. And if I were to go with a .300 magnum, I would certainly not get a feather-weight rifle.

    There's not much that can't be done with a standard weight rifle in .308 -- deer, elk, or just about anything else on this continent would fall to it if you choose a good load and hit what you're aiming at. Plus you can use surplus ammo for a lot of cheap practice.
  9. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    The .300 Win Mag is a great cartridge for hunting elk because it has the verasatility to hit hard up close or far away. That's not to say that it's the ONLY cartridge that will work well but it is imo an excellent choice. It will do just fine for deer and pronghorns too just use a lighter bullet like a 150 grainer.
  10. double_trouble


    Nov 29, 2003
    Be careful. In Oregon it is prohibited to use military (Full Metal Jacket) ammunition when hunting big game. The exception is hunting predators like Coyotes. I'm sure regulations vary by state, be sure you check your local regulations.
  11. 7mmmag


    Jan 13, 2004
    Consider 7mm mag or a 30-06 with nosler partitions- tried and true if you hunt Colorado or Wyoming. The recoil is comfortable compared to the .300mag, which has produced serious flinchus recoilitis in more than a few of my friends. I can practice shooting all day with either the aforementioned calibers and go hunting the next day and enjoy it.
  12. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    As it is in my state, which is why I wrote "for a lot of cheap practice."
  13. TFLWYO


    Mar 3, 2002
    I have a 700 Titanium in plain ole .308, and I love it. It is very accurate with factory ammo, surplus ammo, and handloads, including Barnes XLCs and Triple Shocks, and with Federal High Energy Premiums with the 180 gr. Nosler Partitions. Recoil isn't bad, although I bet the SAUM would be much more noticeable. This past season, I got an antelope and a deer with no trouble using the Federal HE's. I am confident that the bull elk I could have shot at about 50 yards would have been no trouble (I was holding a cow tag. :( )

    The down side of the rifle is that it is a little light on the front end due to the whippy barrel.

    If you aren't planning on shooting past about 300 yards, I really don't think you need the magnum. YMMV
  14. double_trouble


    Nov 29, 2003
    No offense intended. Just trying to be helpful.
  15. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

    Apr 16, 2002

    Check out the Thompson/Center Arms Hawken Rifle. Go with .54 caliber and you got a decent elk rifle.

    *click here*
  16. Conrad

    Conrad Millennium Member

    Jul 29, 1999
    Inverness, Fl
    If I were ging to go out and buy new for elk, I would probably get a 300 win mag. 7 mm mag 2nd choice. The problem is what great deal would come along that is neither of those .....
  17. lomfs24


    Apr 19, 2003
    there are a lot of good choices in this post. I have not seen any that I would disagree with. A 300 is a great choice for elk, however, not the only choice. As far as deer, I have not shot any deer with my 300 Win Mag. However, I have shot antelope with my 300, not because of the size but because of the range. With a 300 you can reach out an touch somehting if you need to.
  18. treemanjohn


    Dec 10, 2002
    If you're still in the market I have a truly awesome Remington 700 BDL SS 7mm STW for sale. Answer Rifles has done a lot of custom work to it. Recoil is similar to a .243 and it has sub M.O.A. accuracy.
    I recently moved to the Florida panhandle so my love of fishing has taken over. I don't have a use for the rifle and it's way too nice to just sit in the safe. Email me at if you're interested.