Since I'm living in Colorado and I have a Contender what would you suggestions be for an appropriate caliber for elk? I was thinking on the lines of the .30 Bower Alaskan, the .309JDJ, etc. Am I undergunned? Suggestions please!
I will say a 444 Marlin in the Contender SSK will make a custom barrel for you or rechamber a .44Mag barrel to the 444.You can load it up with some 240gr XTP's for deer,then step it up with some 300gr XTP's for elk and bear.I have an older .44Mag barrel that has been rechambered to the 444 Marlin and let me tell you it SHOOTS! I am able to keep a 1" to 1.5" group at 100yrds. and at 200yrds it shoots 1.5" to just under 2" groups at 300yrds it will hold right at 3.5" groups all day.I love it
How about 358 JDJ or 358 Bellm? Both hit hard and carry energy out for better long range performance. I can't argue against the 375 JDJ or the 444 marlin either, but if you want a 358 bore, both above are very good.
I would go with the 309 JDJ......I havent tried one....but in 'my' opinion.....the 375 has had some bad press for penetration ( not quite fast enough) 358 is better for expansion??? .....I am betting the 309 in a pistol is going to be a little better for tragectory/vs knockdown syadayadayada......maybe better pistol velocity than 30-30 rifle.....just a guess....
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