What's your favorite deer cartridge? Elk cartridge?

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  1. John Dude

    John Dude Learned skills from George Dickel

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    Has anyone tried the newer 260 Remington as a deer cartridge? The theory of the 6.5 bullets, with excellent ballistic coefficient, mated on the 308, 243, 7mm08 case makes sense on paper, but I've never tried one.

    What's good on paper doesn't always work in fact. What I want to know is do they really stop deer quickly, are they really as consistently tackdriving as the theory would suggest?
     
  2. Tyler Sadowski

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    For deer the 6.5 would be fine just not a long range tac driver but if you know your limits it will work great. I would think it might be a little undergunned for elk but for deer anything from a 243 on up will do the job, but like I said every caliber has its limitations. I myself shoot a .308 and have no complaints with it. It knocks stuff down at 300yards no problem and can handle elk just fine too.
     
  3. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    I built (on paper) for a guy I know, a 6.5 grendel that is a tack driver. He bought all the parts and put the rifle together, I just recommended what to get. I don't think I'd use it for elk, but it's a PERFECT deer gun, IMHO. It's too bad the round hasn't caught on yet because I think it's about as perfect as you're going to get.

    Another one I really like for deer is the 6.8 SPC. Cartridges are expensive, but it's also a nice caliber. I've seen the 6.8 handle big game like elk as well.
     
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    97' Ford F150 4X4, 4" lift going 55mph. Clean kills every time! Just enough lift to clipem' over the shoulder and they slip right under witout any meat damage
     
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    Have shot deer out to 400 yds with the 6.5x55 Swede. It is a tack driver and a joy to shoot. It is essentially the same ballistics as a .260. Great BC on that cartridge. As I grow older I am of the opinion that a rifle in the hands of an experienced and practiced shooter is good on any game here in the lower 48. Many elk have been taken with the .243.

    I used to shoot the big magnums and I love to shoot in the off season
    Lot's of guy shooting big magnums, but how many practice shots in the off season with big magnum before you develop bad shooting reflexes like flinching and jerking the trigger? It's all about shot placement when taking game IMO

    I can reload 20-30 rounds of 6.5, .257 wb and have no problem shooting all of them and my shoulder won't be black and blue the next day. And I can practice shots off-hand, kneeling and sitting without getting beat up. Too many guys just practice off the bench.

    So i guess to answer your question yes!
     
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    Not too many elk in Indiana last time I was there. I have seen many a deer completely total a car. And I know 3 guys that have died in elk vehicle collisions
     
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    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    There are a number of great calibers for mule deer and elk. I've used a 30.06 for the deer and moose, haven't had the insanity yet to chase elk. My understanding is they always die in places I don't want to pack them out of.

    My experience in big game hunting (moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope) is the caliber, while important, isn't the determining factor. Rather its the marksman shooting the rifle. Most rifles, scopes and calibers shoot much better than the guy shooting them.
     
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    100 grain muzzy broad heads
     
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    .270 Ackley Improved in a 1948 FN Mauser M98. Load is 56 GRS RL19, R-P case, CCI LR Primers, and a 150 GR Speer BTSP.

    I hunt deer, bear, and elk with this setup.
     
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    For deer I use a 280 remington with a 140 gr. sierra bullet; Elk I like my .338 Winchester Mag. with a 250 gr. sierra boat-tail.

    My brother is into long range kills and uses a 257 weatherby for dear and big horn sheep. He use either a 30-378 or a 300 ultra mag. for elk and red stag. I don't remember the exact loads that he was using.
     
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    What Gary said. Ought-six, 165 grain slug.

    It ain't the arrow, it's the indian.
     
  12. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Don't hunt big game anymore, but for years I used a .300 Win Mag on everything. If I got back into it, I'd use a .270 for elk, 6.5 Grendel for 'Lopers/deer, .45/70 for anything in range (you can "eat right up to the hole" that big slug makes; harvested a couple buffalo with one . . . impressive round, even more so in modern rifles.) I lost my zeal for shooting belted magnums that "kill at one end & maim at the other" unless I'm in bear country & the .45/70 is along. All that being said, the venerable .30-06 can & has done it all, I just never wanted one as everyone in my family shot an '06.
     
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  14. John Dude

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    Washington doesn't allow .22 cal centerfires for deer or elk, but some other states do. (.240 minimum)
    Does anyone have experience hunting deer with one of the .22 cal cartridges?
    Is the bullet really too small for clean kills in the hands of a good shooter and hunter?
    The army uses .22 cal against human enemy soldiers and doesn't seem to mind.
     
  15. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    Browning A-Bolt in 30-06 with a Nikon Monarch 5x20; 165gr Hornady SST with 49.5 grains of Varget behind it stopped a cow elk and four deer this season. I'm working up a load with a 110 grain v-max for coyote. Hard to argue the versatility of an ought six!