.308 for elk????

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  1. Vermonster

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    Wondering if any of you use a .308 for elk. I have always been an "economical hunter", in that I have my basic 30-06 that I use for deer, pig, and once for elk, and my Beretta pump shotgun that I use for ducks, turkeys, doves, etc. Well, my 30-06 is a black synthetic stock, but I have always wanted a real wood stock gun. My F-in-Law recently gave me a really sweet lever action .308, and I want to know, can that become my go to gun for most western big game? That way, I could sell the 06? I don't HAVE to sell, but I could use the $$$ for other stuff. I plan on an elk hunt in the next year or 2, and more down the line.

    Anyway, just wanted opinions. The new one is a Winchester Model 88 in .308, similar to the one below.....

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    That'll make a great Elk gun. .308 and .06 are so close in ballistics it's apples to apples. If you reload you can do some magic with either.

    This could easily turn pissin contest :D
     
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    I always like a little more power for elk a lot of shots are well over 250yds. With the lead ban coming I'd set the 308 for nonlead and the 06 for lead elk.
     
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    I don't understand? Why the .308 no lead? Please explain further.
     
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    Lead will be outlawed after 2019 in Cali and copper & lead are hard to get the same poi. So lead for out of state hunts and copper for Cali hunts.
     
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    Why not stick to non lead then? Its not like you will be taking a ton of shots...
     
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    308, 165-168 grain bullets if not a Cali hunt go lead.
     
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    Copper sucks I've been shooting it for over 10yrs on Tejon lead has more options for bullets and it stays in the animal and looses 30% of the bullet weight that spreads a big wound channel.
    Copper is so hard it just passes through and has a smaller wound channel unless you hit bone or the bullet travels over 2' of tissue.
     
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    My father in law has been harvesting elk with a lever action .308 for as long as I've know him, which is well over 30 years. The elk he shoots always end up in the freezer and on the dinner table. I'd say as long as it's a shooter, you're gonna be happy.
     
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    I have a friend who loves his .308 for elk. Use premium lead bullets. Good to go!!!
     
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    I used a Winchester 88 in .243 for a decade, loved the gun, you will really enjoy it. Somehow the slight extra weight of the lever action seemed to make the gun swing really smoothly on running shots, I used to practice for deer hunting on jack rabbits, really fun. Your .308 will kill any eating animal in North America, the native hunters in Canada and Alaska use the .308 a lot to put moose and caribou in the freezer for food supplies.

    And don't be afraid to throw modern copper bullets. Like early steel shotshells, the first generation of copper bullets were pretty crappy. Not anymore.
     
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    Hunt before last in Paso, I killed 2 pigs dead in their tracks with one 150 grain Barnes 308 round.
     
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    I have a winchester 88 in 308. Awesome gun and can take down an elk, no problem.
     
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    Thanks everyone, that's what I wanted to hear..... ;)
     
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    I know a lot of guys who use a .308. The one thing they agree on for elk is a 165 grain bullet. As for me, I still like my 06.
     
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    I've killed elk with the 308 using the 165 grain Hornady interlocks and with a 30.06 using 180 grain Nosler partitions. The elk didn't know the difference.
     
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    300 Win mag 165 grain copper drops them good..
     
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    Depends: That magic number is 1000, that is the minimum amount of energy considered to kill......, a cow elk at 450lbs, bull 700lbs will definitely be a different animal, like always shot placement and type of round will also come to play. I think I'll use a Sako chambered in 300 weatherby mag 180 accubond or interbond that way if something presents itself within 200 yds the bullet will still react...and the best part is @ 700 yards the round still has enough energy to drop a big bull. :Zombie_Ro
     
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    My son killed a cow elk last year with his .243 and a lead free round. 1 shot, 1 kill. Just make smart shots. The .308 will be plenty.


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    I have killed many elk, cows and bulls, with my Sako .308 Winchester. I look for and hoard the Federal Vital Shok 180 grain Nosler partition. I used to reload my own but don't shoot enough any more. We are booked for a mother ship hunt in Alaska for black bear and deer. Have sighted in with 150 grain. Today I wouldn't buy one and would probably get the .300 mag. Super versatile but would add muzzle break and Limbsaver pad. I also have a 7mm Mag as a back up and for my son. Some states require .250 or bigger for big game. I will admit I have killed more deer with my .222 Remington but used to carry it during trading season years ago.
     
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