What's your favorite deer cartridge? Elk cartridge?

#31
30-06. I used them for years, Springfield custom sporter, Model 70 Winchester, Model 77 Ruger. Always used 180 grain loads because I hunted brushy country. Never lost a deer or elk in the 58 years I hunted.
 

John Dude

Learned skills from George Dickel
#32
So I finally got the 260 Rem rifle. a 20" barrel model 7 stainless synthetic. hopefully combines the best ballistics of the 6.5 bullets, with the short column and short action of the 308 Win family/

Should be the cat's pajamas for deer hunting
 

LD

Active Member
#33
30-06 has killed more deer, elk, ect than any other caliber I would guess. I used it or a 6mm for deer and antelope. 338 win mag for elk......nice gun.
 

John Dude

Learned skills from George Dickel
#35
Will be my first year chuck'n 308 'rocks'. Based on what I've read I'm looking at 150-168 gr.
Usually the 155gr and 168gr bullets in cal .30 are Match target bullets. for Deer-sized I highly recommend the Sierra 165 gr Gameking, either HPBT or SBT versions
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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#37
I use my Brother in Laws Barrett 50 cal. Not much left after the shot, but what is left is about medium rare and ready to serve. ;)

Mostly ran either my old Winchester 30 30 pack hunting or my old Remington 30 06 for both deer and elk.
 
#38
I have always like the .270 I shoot 130gr for deer season and if I move to elk I go to 150gr. Great all around caliber that likes to shoot fast and straight.
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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#40
I have always like the .270 I shoot 130gr for deer season and if I move to elk I go to 150gr. Great all around caliber that likes to shoot fast and straight.
I should add that I did start out on an old Winchester .270. Was a great rifle. Straight open sites. Never had a problem dropping Blacktail or Muley with it.
 

John Dude

Learned skills from George Dickel
#41
I noticed someone mentioned the 280 Rem on this post. I have a Kimber-rebuilt 1938 CZ Mauser, originally chambered in 280 Rem. I had it rebored to 280 Rem Ackley Improved, with the blownout straight case and 60 degree shoulder. It sends out the 7 mm bullets same speed or better as the Rem 7mm Mag's do, and burns only 2/3 the powder.

I don't think there's a better cartridge for elk-sized game than that one.

BTW - the 260 Rem (6.5-.308) superlight-weight rifle is incredible!
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#42
Well... put the old Enfield back in the gun cabinet in favor of a new Remington CDF stainless, with a fluted barrel in .300wsm. The 180gr SST from Hornaday, driven by 64.2gr of IMF 4350 puts a three shot group in paper that a quarter will cover. So for the elk hunt in October, I'm dialed. Waiting for Mr. Potterfield to send me a .300 shell holder for my trimmer so I can load some Hornaday 150gr sst's for mulies.
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#44
I use the same rifle my grandfather used 30-40 Krag in a original Krag jorgensen rifle, been a proven combination since the rifle was made in 1902
 
#45
I was using my .270 for mule deer with Federal Fusion 150 grain bullets, however have switched to muzzleloader season for deer and shooting Barnes TMZ 250 grain sabots out of my .50 cal Knight Bighorn. For elk season I turn to my trusty Hoyt with Easton N Fused arrows with G5 Montecs.
 

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