30-06 out west

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  1. teul2

    teul2 Senior Refuge Member

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    Pros and Cons of a 30-06 as an option for a elk gun.

    I was going to type a long post, but this is the root question. I have a 30-06. It is really the caliber most suited to the job in my safe. Do I need to get another caliber?
     
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    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    30-06 is an excellent choice. I know a few people who have dropped an Elk in its tracks out to 400 yards with a 30-06 and also .308.

    A good bullet will definitely help.


    I use a 6.5x55 Swede. Little smaller than a 30-06. I don’t think twice about using it. Dropped two in their tracks using a good copper bullet. Had one run 50 yards with a regular soft point.
     
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    teul2 Senior Refuge Member

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    I think my worry is a 400+ yard shot.
     
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    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    My Father shot his CO 6x6 elk (in 1973) w/a '06 at ~ 400 yrd.'s.
     
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    Out of focus Senior Refuge Member

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    Ought six=dead elk. No need for more gun unless you want one.
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    Your ability to kill an elk at 400 yards rests entirely in your skill, and the accuracy of your rifle. The 30/06 is not in the equation.

    Jack O'Conner loved the 270 for elk. The '06 is an upgrade over that, ballistically speaking.
     
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    Chance1 Senior Refuge Member

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    I’ve taken 4 cows and 2 bulls with a 30-06 over the years. One cow went 30 yards. All others dropped within 6 feet. Both bulls dropped in their tracks. One of the bulls was 370 yards. You’d be fine with an ‘06!
     
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    teul2 Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks all.
    I rarely take a shot over 100yds. I know I am going to have to up my scope and skill to make 400+ yard shots. Just know the bullet drop off is pretty steep past 400.

    And honestly, I still want that shot inside 50 yards, just cause.
     
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    About sums it up. I don’t own an 06 and never will, but it will kill elk dead just fine.
     
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    Luigi Daniele Turkey Hunters Forum Moderator

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    Why not, out of curiosity?
     

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