If you're talking wild elk then you're going to have to carry that rifle a lot. Miles up and down the mountain. You don't want a heavy barreled anything. If you're talking about pen raised elk, who cares what you use? They aren't going anywhere anyway.teddy12b said:I'm not really so concerned with the name brand of the rifle. It'll probably either be an encore or a savage.
I have an encore with a 26" 30-06 barrel and it'd maybe I could use that depending on how it does when I see how well I can shoot with that at longer ranges or getting a different barrel for it. What's the max ethical distance to shoot at an elk with a 30-06?
I wouldn't be opposed to buying a heavy barreled savage because they're more accurate and I'll be able to shoot better with it. If Savage produced a heavy barreled 30-06 I wouldn't even have started the topic because I already reload 30-06, but I'm open to going up in caliber as well.
The problem is I'm a guy from Indiana and I have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to elk hunting. All I know is from what I've heard, read, and talked about. I have no personal experience, but hopefully some day I will.
A .30-06 is fine. I'd use 165g premium bullets (Partition or Grand Slam or better) or 180's. By "better" I mean TSX/Trophy Bonded/A-Frame/North Fork/AccuBond/InterBond/Scirocco, etc. The main thing is that they shoot fairly accurately.teddy12b said:... the type of hunt would be two guys driving there in a pickup truck and driving as close as possible, then backpacking it in. I've already looked at a couple of those game carts because I know there is no way we'll be able to carry it all out.
I'm pretty set on the 30-06. ...I already reload for it. ... I'm pretty set on the Savage Weather Warrior series. ...
I have a couple good slings so I'm set there and I probably wouldn't bring one of my harris bipods. .... I have a nikon buckmaster 6-18 that is awesome, but I also recently looked through a Weaver classic V with a fine reticle and I loved it! I really liked the fine reticle even though most people don't like them for hunting. I'll definately also have some good binoculars with as well. I'll be borrowing dad's steiner's