30-06 for elk?

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  1. duckman36

    duckman36 New Member

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    Any suggestions on bullets for the 357? I'll be carrying it for backup and maybe a finishing shot on an elk? Also I haven't decided on barrel length, so any help would be appreciated.
  2. tim peterson

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    Duck man you are getting some damn good advise here. The guys who talked about packing out their elk are right on the money. The last thing you want to do is set in the bottom of a canyon with a 700lb Elk and be unprepaired. That alone can destroy your hunt. My family has been hunting elk out west here for 50-60 years and 80 percent where taken with the 3006 with a 165 grain bullet.Personaly I like the Win,300 mag.I think we have all our sucess because we shoot alot. Up hill down hill across canyons with or with out wind we try to cover every angle and postion.For me its all about knowing your rifle and ammo inside out. Your hunt any hunt is only goning to be as good as you want it to be. I think you well have a great time on your first hunt. I could go on for ever so I well shut up for now. Best of luck to you and family and have fun.
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    30 06 is an excellent elk round.

    Plan on quick quartering your elk bring cotton meat bags and back pack frame. Use para cord to tie quarters to the frame. I often totally bone out the elk in the field to lighten the load. Plan on four trips or so if your by yourself and you won't have any trouble.

    Here is a quick lesson on how to quick quarter:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdtCMjlcedI&feature=player_embedded

    Remember to read all the regulations for where you are hunting every state has slightly different regulations on what parts of the elk must be retreived and if evidence of sex must remain attached.
  4. catfish83861

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    +1 on Whips information. The head will most likely be a trip all in its self. Boning out the hams and especially the rib cage in my opinion really helps. Here in Idaho we have not had much of a winter and the Elk hunts this year may really be great but the Wolves are definitely making their presence known. Like I said earlier though. I would not think you will have a problem with Wolves. Now if you leave the kill site and come back the next day you might find about anything around "YOUR MEAT". I would suggest if you have the room several lengths of parachute cord. Handy for hanging meat bags in a tree if you have one available. Good luck and welcome to Idaho.
  5. V509

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    Last year I went on my first Elk hunt.
    I went to Colorado and carried a Remington 700ti and fired one Nosler 165gr bullet at 280 yards for a one shot kill
    The same 165gr Nosler load is what I will use next fall as well
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    as said, the '06 has taken plenty of elk, it's plenty.

    It's not on the overkill side of power though, watch your distance and don't stop shooting until they stop moving.

    My recommendation for bullets would be 180gn in either Nosler Accubond (white tip) or Barnes TS-X copper solids. Doesn't get much better than those. I skunked out this year but my buddy took two over the last couple years with one shot from a Barnes TS-X. Great performance at a wide variety of velocities/distances.
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    Just thought I would post a couple pictures to show what you can do with the correct bullet and a good rifle. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Yes I do love to hunt!:D

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  8. langenc

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    Here in MICHIGAN we have limited elk hunting. Our conservation club has a coffee/donut tablet at the check in site, required.

    It is neat to see the elk come in, all kinds of vehicles/trailers. The ones I always wonder about are the elk in a pickup with a topper. For those in Finland, that is somekind of a cover with 'door' above the tailgate. You probably have em.

    I always wonder how they got that elk into that truck with the topper on it. Im going to have to ask next time I see one.

    The DNR weighs all elk killed, except those in trucks under toppers. I guess they dont know how to get em out and then back in. I bet some shooters remove the topper and then muscles the elk in, followed by replacing the topper. How else?? you cant push em and sure cant get 3 pullers in that truck??
  9. V509

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    A lot of debate here 165 to 180 gr...... If your gun shoots the 165 better go for it, 15 grains is so little difference. Drop charts for both show minute difference in bullet drop
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    I'm with aa1911: those are great choices and you really can't go wrong with a 30-06. For the Barnes I've been shooting the 168 gr. TTSX and am convinced that is THE bullet in the .30 caliber.
  11. sceeder

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    Great pictures you guys. Loved looking at them.
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    I've been on 6 elk hunts in Montana. I've killed 5 elk with my Weatherby Vanguard in a 30-06 using 200gr nosler partitions. It was Great. That 30-06 of yours will do a great job for you. Good luck.
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    I use a 30-06 on 5 Elk hunts and always used 200gr Nosler partitions. But the 165 will do just fine. Aim straight and good hunting.
  14. soundguy

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    my stepfather hunts elk with his 3006.. i'll have to ask him what he was using. i'd personally take something bigger.. like my 300 weatherby mind you...
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    Ok Catfish you made me do it. I love to hunt elk also. Here is a bull I killed two years ago.
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    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    that a savage?
  17. sceeder

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    I've killed 5 elk and every one with a 30-06. I used 150gr Nosler Partition bullets. Great gun great bullets. Have fun.
  18. flyingtiger85

    flyingtiger85 Well-Known Member

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    30-06's are awesome ,I shot a 125lb. deer with a 180 grain and dropped it like a sack of potatoes.I'm sure you heard a 30-06 can kill anything in North America.
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    I think I read the wolves ate em all!!

    Dont worry Humane Society will be there selling(on the mountain) hotdogs, fund raiser, you know.
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