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I am looking for a good elk rifle, and possible moose rifle. I have a .243 so I am hoping for something larger. Any suggestions

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  • #16
    This sounds like the old "which caliber is better" argument in another form.

    I would go with .30-06. Now before I get jumped on, hear this part...

    Pumakitchen (and the story behind that name must be something), stated elk, maybe moose.

    Now the venerable over-hundred-years-old .30-06 is available in a zillion loads from anybody, and probably available locally in his favorite flavor. Add to that the fact that any rifle company is going to have at least one choice, if not twenty, in this caliber means he can choose more to his fancy.

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    • #17
      a 243 is legal for all big game species in most provinces, but it should not be. It has a lot of energy with a 90gr bullet. It is not so much the energy as it is the momentum and diameter of wound channel that produces a clean kill. Go with at least a .277 dia with a 150+ grain projectile with good terminal ballistics characteristics: mass retention and expansion (see Barnes or Nosler)

      Too light a projectile going very fast, can leave a narrow wound channel because the terminal ballistics do not produce expansion quick enough to create a significant wound channel. These type of impacts will leave an eventually lethal wound channel. But who wants an eventually lethal wound channel? Has too lethal ever been an issue in the field. What,it died too quickly and humanely?

      A hypodermic needle and an air bubble can kill, but can you guarantee that kind of placement?

      Rod

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      • #18
        a 243 is legal for all big game species in most provinces, but it should not be. It has a lot of energy with a 90gr bullet. It is not so much the energy as it is the momentum and diameter of wound channel that produces a clean kill. Go with at least a .277 dia with a 150+ grain projectile with good terminal ballistics characteristics: mass retention and expansion (see Barnes or Nosler)

        Too light a projectile going very fast, can leave a narrow wound channel because the terminal ballistics do not produce expansion quick enough to create a significant wound channel. These type of impacts will leave an eventually lethal wound channel. But who wants an eventually lethal wound channel? Has too lethal ever been an issue in the field. What,it died too quickly and humanely?

        A hypodermic needle and an air bubble can kill, but can you guarantee that kind of placement?

        Rod

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        • #19
          I would lean toward a .338

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          • #20
            I would get a .30-06. I have a bolt-action Ruger that works pretty well for almost anything.

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            • #21
              I know a guy who regularly hunts moose with a 243. It would not be my first choice but he always comes home with a moose.

              I have a 270 and if I had a chance to go moose hunting I would not hesitate for a second.

              If you are buying a new one treat yourself and buy a Tikka T3. You will not be dissappointed!

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              • #22
                don't listen to any of them listen to me go for a 270 go on to the internet and search r w hart rifles buy one from them its my uncle he has long range big game rifles

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                • #23
                  Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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                  • #24
                    I used to hunt elk with my 7mm Rem mag, now I use a 325 WSM. There are a lot of good cilibers to hunt elk and moose, use one that you are comfortable with.

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