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Old 02-22-11, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default What rifle should I get

I am looking for a rifle for elk, I'm thinking 30-06 or 7mm mag. I really like the browning X bolt and A bolt but I am not a rich man. Any suggestions for a rifle that i should be looking for, either new or used, that won't break the bank?
What would be the rifle equilivent of the remington 870 express shotgun (i.e. reliable and affordable?)
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Old 02-22-11, 11:55 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-11, 12:26 AM   #3
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You can't go wrong with a Remington 700 in 338 mag or one of the short mags
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Old 02-23-11, 12:57 AM   #4
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My vote would be for a 300 win mag! It will definitely reach out and "touch" someone, or should I say something.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:32 AM   #5
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My vote would be for a 300 win mag! It will definitely reach out and "touch" someone, or should I say something.
Reaching out and "touch" something has no bearing on the calibre, it's the shooter and his/her ability. One should definitely be aware of their capabilities with the rifle and try not to extend beyond that distance.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:23 AM   #6
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I dont' think you can go wrong with a Remington 700. For Elk you are likely to find all weather conditions. An "all weather" rifle might be good idea.

Disclaimer: I have never hunted Elk.

From what I read you will put a lot of miles on foot and log many hours hunting Elk. If it were me I would be looking for a lightweight firearm. Remember you'll have to add a scope which will also add weight. The trade off would be recoil. A lighter rifle will "kick" more than a heavier one. Make sure you save room in your budget to get a decent piece of glass.

Like huntfish has suggested...A well placed shot from a caliber rifle you are comfortable shooting is the ticket.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:30 AM   #7
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I inherited a Winchester .243 bolt action rifle and was wondering what it is best suited for? I assume it is a good rifle for hunting Whitetail Deer, but is it also suitable for something like Elk?
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Old 02-23-11, 09:39 AM   #8
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I inherited a Winchester .243 bolt action rifle and was wondering what it is best suited for? I assume it is a good rifle for hunting Whitetail Deer, but is it also suitable for something like Elk?
No, way to small of a caliber.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:53 AM   #9
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No, way to small of a caliber.
Thanks Roy, that is kind of what I figured. Nice gun I got, but I have never been big on hunting with high powered rifles. Most of my deer hunting has always been of the close-in type in heavy cover, where I prefer to use a 12 gauge rifled slug.

PS: apologies for hijacking your thread Jared!
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Old 02-23-11, 09:56 AM   #10
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Uh oh Clark--time for a new rifle.
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