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Posted: 11/16/2001 10:49:02 AM EDT
I'm trying to find information on different calibers that would be acceptable for BIG game, like Elk and Bear. I own a .30-06 and I'm not sure if I should "move up" before trying the "Canadian Adventure" I want to take. I'm having difficulty nailing down info on the web, so any info or direction would be appreciated. ( Otherwise, I'll just have to load up the AR-15 with 30 rounds and shoot until it stops kicking! )
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 10:55:28 AM EDT
.577 Tyranosaur.
If this doesnt kill it, NOTHING short of a .50 will do it. Call up Tromix, their motto is "If its alive, we've got something to kill it" for a reason.

Kharn
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 10:55:36 AM EDT
This is a tough question because there are so many variables. Your 30-06 is more than enough for black bear and elk. Personally for elk I would buy a gun that shot a little flatter for long shots. If I were you I would look at something like a 300RUM or 338RUM.
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 11:09:16 AM EDT
Buckaroo-

According to the author of "Making Shots - A
Rifle Hunter's Guide", for big bears; .338, .340 Weatherby, .338-378, .375 H&H, and .458 Win Mag are good choices

For elk, the same book recommends most of the same calibers above, and also smaller choices like the .300 Mag and 30.06.

Personally, I think that the best "bang for the buck" would be a .338. Recoil has not reached ungodly, and factory bullet and ammo choices are fairly broad. Ammo prices are acceptable as well. Browning A-bolt with BOSS system is a very popular rifle with the folks I know that have/do live in Kodiak and hunt the brown beast.

Good Luck
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 11:17:24 AM EDT
300 Remington Ultra Mag
338 Remington Ultra Mag

Link Posted: 11/16/2001 11:28:18 AM EDT
I'm going with right-wing on this one. The .338win mag is an excellent choice for the hunting you are considering. Shoots as flat as a .300win, using the lighter bullets(200gr), and you can move up to the 250gr. at 2700fps to do some serious damage. I feel this cartridge is very versatile.

BTW, your 30-06 will do just fine too.
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 12:26:04 PM EDT
I'd say a .338 (Win, Ultra or Lapua) Mag.
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 2:26:47 PM EDT
How about that white hunter Bell who killed hundreds of elephants with a 7mm Mauser using FMJ- caliber dosen't kill- bullet placement does. Your '06 will do fine if you can do your part with a good bullet IMHO!
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 2:40:06 PM EDT
So it sounds like a .30-06 should be fine. OK. Now.... does anyone know where I can get a flamethrower? Gotta cook that meat somehow !

But seriously... thanks for the info !
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 2:41:55 PM EDT
Get a double rifle in .375 H&H!!!


Link Posted: 11/16/2001 2:46:51 PM EDT
A 30-60 will kill anything in North America. But my motto has always been shoot the biggest thing you can shoot with confidence. Doesnt matter if you have a 470capstick and cant hit a barn door with it.

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