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New Mexico Elk Hunt

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by PecosRiverM, Mar 27, 2009.

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  1. PecosRiverM

    PecosRiverM Member

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    Hopefully I'll get to go Elk Hunting this year. I'm going to bring my 7mm Mag as the primary weapon. My question is which to bring for a backup. My .270 or the .308? Also is 130gr (.270) and 150gr (.308) heavy enough bullets?

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  2. NCsmitty

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    I'd flip a coin as either would be good backup. Do they shoot the mentioned loads well?
    If I had to pick one, it would be the 270.

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  3. desidog

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    .270 is fine for cows, but a little light for a bull, IMO...but it has been done. Take the one you shoot better with....bullet size and/or weight doesn't matter if its not traveling in the right direction.
     
  4. Harve Curry

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    I guide for trophy elk hunters in New Mexico. From what you have to choose from I recommend a constructed bullet like those made by Barnes and some others. They open up and make a considerably more lethal wound then a conventional bullet. It can make the difference between dead in tracks or got away and died. Even at a dollar a piece they are still worth it considering what you will be spending anyway.
    Hope you get drawn, I'm putting in to this year.
     
  5. skinewmexico

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    Elk were hunted almost to extinction with the 30-30, so I'd say either of those calibers will work.
     
  6. woof

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    Silly me but don't professional guides provide back-up rifles in the rare cases they are needed?
     
  7. paintballdude902

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    either will do you fine go to the range and see which you shoot best and take that one

    anyone that says either isnt enough for a big bull must be talking about those bullet proof ones or else they are forgetting that elk were almost hunted to extinction with the .30-30
     
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