What's your favorite deer cartridge? Elk cartridge?

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  1. tkww

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    I don't have experience with it, but I remember reading that is roughly 80% of the recoil of the .44 mag. A little digging around the web and I saw that number and 85%. Take that for what you will, as it obviously depends on several factors (bullet weight, velocity, weight of the gun, etc.) Point being, it's a step down from a .44, but not a giant one. Find the heaviest gun you can....
     
  2. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    As I revisit this thread, I must admit that my 180gr Hornaday SST handloads for my .300WSM really did the job on that elk. Clean through, taking out both lungs, liver , and the bottom of the heart.

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  3. ffishnfly

    ffishnfly Roger AKA The Fish Whisperer

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    .257 Roberts for deer and .270 Winchester for elk, both Remingtons. Models 700 Classic, and Model 721 respectfully. And I wouldn't hesitate to take the Roberts elk hunting with some of the new bullets.
     
  4. John Dude

    John Dude Learned skills from George Dickel

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    What bullet would you use in a 257 Roberts on elk? The smaller case capacity would limit your downrange energy. Shot placement would be crucial. Are there still elk hunters with that much patience? (So many people I run into during hunting seasons seem to shoot first and look later. They can be scary to be near)


     
  5. John Dude

    John Dude Learned skills from George Dickel

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    Trying to decide which rifle to use for deer this fall. 280 Rem Ackley Improved Kimber/Mauser or 30-06 Rem 700
     
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    Sitting in my gun safe is my father in laws Winchester model 64 in .30 WCF, that rifle has killed more Elk , deer and Moose than anyone on this site will ever kill. He hunted with two of the worst hunters I have ever seen but funny they all filled their tags. He bought it in 1935 and used it until Dementia got him in 1977. But then he was a hunter and knocked most game down well under a hundred yards.
     
  7. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    IMG_4074-1.JPG Well, if you want to stop anything in its tracks, from ground squirrels to the largest bear in North American, , there is the all around .375 H&H. It is also legal for elephants if you run into one in the cherry orchard. (You remember the elephant joke of why elephants paint their toenails red, don't you?).
     
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    :) Three years ago I ended up with more tags than normal in my pocket. That year I brought home two antelope, a blacktail buck, a mule deer doe, and a huge elk cow. All five were quickly brought down with one shot each from my .270 using Nosler Accubonds. Normally I prefer .50 cal Barnes TMZ's for deer with my muzzleloader and 100 grain Montec's for elk with my bow.