Best gun for elk and mule deer

scottr

Active Member
#16
Lots of good opinions/advice here. I went with a 30.06 due to the variety and availability of ammunition. My rifle is a Savage 116 with a stainless barrel and a 3x9-40 Nikon scope. For mule deer I am shooting the 160 grain Winchester Power Max ammunition.

I also considered this rifle in a 7mm-08 but decided against it. The ammo costs more and I wanted to be able to buy ammo in pretty any small town hardware store since I am not loading my own.
 

fly-by

Active Member
#24
This year however, we're all going with muzzleloaders, so the .50 Hawken is my rifle of choice.
If you are new to hunting in WA, this may be another option to consider. Depending on what and where you plan to hunt, you may find the longer seasons, better coincidence with the rut, nastier weather (gets the backtails moving) and fewer hunters may be worth the additional challenge.

Or you could do both. Though the "drawing" is over for this year, for $140 you can get a multi season permit that allows you to hunt both modern and muzzleloader for deer. Multi season elk is hard to come by, so you need to choose a method when you get your license.

Get on http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php There is a wealth of information.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#25
If you are new to hunting in WA, this may be another option to consider. Depending on what and where you plan to hunt, you may find the longer seasons, better coincidence with the rut, nastier weather (gets the backtails moving) and fewer hunters may be worth the additional challenge.

Or you could do both. Though the "drawing" is over for this year, for $140 you can get a multi season permit that allows you to hunt both modern and muzzleloader for deer. Multi season elk is hard to come by, so you need to choose a method when you get your license.

Get on http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php There is a wealth of information.
Thanks; I hunt pretty much everything huntable here, big and small game, upland and waterfowl, but haven't trotted out the smokepole for anything except targets. Hunting deer & elk with MR is like hiking through the KOA, but everyone's in blaze orange. Not really what I like to do, especially considering how many haven't got a clue how to hunt. One of my friends is constantly trying to get me to go for the master hunter program, but I don't really have the desire to teach a class full of kids.
 

fly-by

Active Member
#26
Thanks; I hunt pretty much everything huntable here, big and small game, upland and waterfowl, but haven't trotted out the smokepole for anything except targets. Hunting deer & elk with MR is like hiking through the KOA, but everyone's in blaze orange. Not really what I like to do, especially considering how many haven't got a clue how to hunt. One of my friends is constantly trying to get me to go for the master hunter program, but I don't really have the desire to teach a class full of kids.
Sorry Alex I was directing that to the OP. I assumed you had hunted here quite a bit.

Funny about all the blaze orange during modern rifle. They don't call it "the pumpkin patch" for nothing!!!
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#27
Sorry Alex I was directing that to the OP. I assumed you had hunted here quite a bit.

Funny about all the blaze orange during modern rifle. They don't call it "the pumpkin patch" for nothing!!!
No problemo, Fly-By. It was a little confusing! So right also about the pumpkin patch! It gets scary out there, but since Ed and Jason are out with the bows, it's probably a little safer:D.
 
#29
OK, so I'm going to throw this thread around. What if I want to hunt blacktail too? So now we have blacktail, mulies and elk...any 1 best gun for that?...someone mentioned a .300...that seems overkill to me for even elk (of course I don't know a whole lot) but I'm guessing its prolly wayy too much for blacktail. So I'll make it easy...lets put it too a vote...30-06 or .270 for all 3 Cervidae in WA?