This is great advice. I have never shot an Elk, but I have had many friends that have. The 165 grain will do the job and if that is all I had I would have no problem making it work. However, I would step up to a 180 grain bullet. That's a lot of animal and the quicker you can drop it the better off you will be.Your 30-06 is fine for elk. If you are using the 165gr because you shoot it better than a 180gr, I would recommend a heavier constructed bullet like the nosler partition, swift a frame, speer grand slam etc. But, I would go with the 180gr. First elk hunt, I would use the best and hardest hitting bullet I could get and would hold together. I hunt elk with a 300wsm and have taken several all with 180gr Nosler partition. Just my .02. Good Luck and I hope you have a successful hunt.
Especially if you have to drag it out and a few extra steps mean it goes off a ravine......This is great advice. I have never shot an Elk, but I have had many friends that have. The 165 grain will do the job and if that is all I had I would have no problem making it work. However, I would step up to a 180 grain bullet. That's a lot of animal and the quicker you can drop it the better off you will be.
440 yards is 1/4 mile. I always think of a track around a football field. Both sides are 100+ and the curves are close to that. 4 laps to a mile.300 yards is a long way and way too far - over a quarter of a mile. 100 yards is much better.
The area around Salmon is a beautiful area and in some places very flat. Problem to that is the flat area is at somewhere close to a 45 to 60 degree angle to the sun. hmygosh: Definitely get in shape. There shouldn't be a problem with Wolves. Check with the local fish and game officer to get more accurate information. The fish and game people here in Idaho have always been very helpful to almost everyone I have spoke with. Should you not have it, the number for the Salmon office is 208-756-2271. I have shot several Elk with a 270 using 150 grain grand Slam bullets. I personally would hesitate on a 300 yard shot with even a 30-06 using a 165 or 180 grain bullet. Having said that a lung shot will kill one at that distance. He may also live say 15 to 30 seconds before he collapses. Now that does not sound like a long time. Watch just how fast a dog can cover a lot of ground in 15 to 30 seconds. That wounded Elk can travel that far and even more. Down hill is almost always a wounded animal travels. Now I did not say none travel uphill but in my experience mostly they travel down hill. Is that going to be in a huge canyon? A 200 yard shoulder shot with the 165 grain will at a minimum break the shoulder and maybe even the off shoulder. Normally that will anchor the animal. The Gp100 is fine even if you have a problem with a Wolf. Would even work for a final shot a close range to finish off your Elk. Either way good luck and have a safe and great hunt.WHSmithIV thanks for the info. Where is Moore at in relation to Salmon? The reason I ask is that I will be hunting out of Salmon and was curious about the elk population in that area? Also I thought about bringing a Ruger gp-100 6inch for backup. Any suggestions about bullets for 357? One last thing, should we have to worry about wolves after killing an elk or wolves in general?