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Elk and 30-06

Postby MrsJumpshooter » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:31 am

ok I have a question where if possible a few opions would be nice i an doing my first elk hunt and i am using a 30-06 i want to know what you oppions are on at what yardage is a 30-06 going to have troubles penatrating the hide of an elk

any help will be appreciated thanks
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby Kurt » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:46 pm

shoot a good bullet and it will do its job alot farther than you will ever have to worry about.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby vandeman17 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:50 pm

I agree with the comment above. As long as you shoot the right bullet then you should be just fine. I shoot a .270 with 180 grain bullet and have never had a problem. Just put that bullet in his bread basket and it will do the trick!
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby bgoldhunter » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:07 pm

30-06 and TSX would be a combo I wouldn't worry about...
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby Pumpgunner » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:59 am

I've killed elk with the 06, it's all you'll ever need. Don't buy into the hype that you need some hot magnum to kill an elk. If you're comfortable shooting at 200-250 yards you'll be fine, although the .30-06 will kill them much farther than that. Do you have a bull or cow tag?
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby andymac32 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:14 pm

agree with above comments-
30.06 will do just fine out to 300 yards and i dont know many pepole who have any business shooting beyond that anyway. Just get yourself a good bullet and you'll have a great elk rifle.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby rackdust » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:47 am

I agree, 30-06 for elk isnt a problem. At longer distances, 200+ shot placement does become a concern. The front shoulder blade of an elk is very thick...there is where you may have a problem compared to a bigger caliber. Just make sure of your shot placement and you'll be fine.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:00 pm

A factory 180 grain bullt at 300 yards has around 1913 ft lbs energy , which is plenty since most agree that 1500 ft lbs is
the minimum for Elk.

150 and 165 are for medium size big game animals, where the 180's are designed for the bigger animals like Elk unless you get into the custom bullets from Barnes, Nosler etc where the smaller bullets are designed for big animals. If you go with the factory
ammo, shot placement is the most critical , no matter what you choose. Some go for a neck shot but the wise hunter will choose either a heart or lung shot for a sure thing, that will bring down any elk.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby Naturegirl » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:52 pm

You are using the same gun I will be using for my first bull hunt and will do fine. It's plenty of gun to take down an elk. We load our own bullets, so I'm not sure the exacts on what I'll be using. I'm still quite out of the loop in that regard. Hubby reloads and I watch the baby.

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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby firebird » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:09 pm

The utah bull I posted right next to your post was killed with a 30.06 with a 180 grain bullet, entered the ribs, broke the off shoulder for a complete pass through at just over 250 yards. The bullet will do plenty beyond that distance its the accuracy that gets sketchy- that bullet starts to drop fast...
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby THE TRUE WATERFOWLER » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:06 am

I pretty much agree with everything said above. '06 will take them down much further than you most likely can shoot accurately. Good luck and post some pictures!

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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby montana quackhead » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:04 pm

You will have no problem with the 06. I like to shoot my elk in the scapula (top of front shoulder). The bullet breaks the scapula and the elk won't walk another foot. I promise! Not good to take that shot over 100 yds though. Over 100 yds., shoot the elk in the vitals.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby malevolentfrog » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:21 pm

I've shot the 30-06 for years and so have friends of mine out west. They told me that as long as you use a well-made bullet (ie.-Partition, TSX, A-Frame, etc.) and limit your shot to 300 yards in the heart/lung area, it's fine. These bullets are supplied in factory ammo. Hopefully I will be taking mine with me in October to New Mexico. Same story......shot placement.
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Re: Elk and 30-06

Postby malevolentfrog » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:22 pm

Sorry, just noticed the date on you're original post. Did you go and how did you do?......
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