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Can a 30-06 take down an elk easily?

Question by Evan Delp. Uploaded on August 22, 2009

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I've never been on an Elk hunt but I have been in on the shooting of many Moose and I can't imagine that there is a significant difference between the two animals. The 30-06 will anchor a moose easily.

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from shane wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Use a good strong premium bullet. Yes.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

'Easily' is an improper way to ask the question. Will it do the job? Yes. Just like a 338, if the shot is placed right. I'd start practising with a Partition and try similar bullets if that doesn't give you the accuracy you want.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Yes.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i dont think it would be a problem woth 180 lead

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

You’re joking, RIGHT

If a 30-06 with a 180 Remington Core-Lokt® can “take a Moose, what you think, LOL!

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The hard part is finding the elk. The 06 will take care of the rest.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you hit an elk in the heart/lung area (about the size of a basketball) anything from 243 up will work. If you shoot them in the legs with an elephant gun, you are likely tracking/feeding the coyotes.

HappyMyles is right, finding elk is the hard part.

You can't go wrong with a 30-06 and a premium bullet like a Barnes or Nosler from 165 grains up. You don't need a magnum, and this late in the year you don't have time to learn to shoot a magnum before hunting season anyway.
My two-cents worth.
AKX

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from 268bull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Elk don't go easily. They are a big,strong, game animal (my last one est.850 LBS.) and shot placement is vital in putting them down and slowing them down. I had one stand up on me when he appeared "expired"and I was within 30 ft. of where he laid. Shot placement is vital on any animal, however I believe even more so on the larger ones. Heart and lung shots are ideal, muscle shots will let them run for a long way. You can't cover ground like they do, even with a muscle shot in them. Least ways, this has been my experience hunting Roosevelt's here in western central Oregon Cascades. .30_06 have taken a lot of elk and is probably one of the more popular caliber's in the region I hunt.

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from HuskyKMA wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

My dad took elk with a 6mm (.244) in the past. Shot placement matters more than anything. That said, we are looking to get a 30-06 because the 6mm is on the small side. 30-06 should work nicely.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The 30-06 is plenty of gun! The operative word is "easy"... it won't make any difference on how easy it is because you still have to find the elk and get off a good shot.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Yep, that is for dang sure. I mean people take 'em down with sticks and string don't they!?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

perfect elk rifle

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Happy, Damn that was a good response. LOL

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from IanS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

My uncle shot a few elk with a 270 win so I'm sure a 30-06 will do it.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Probably been more elk killed with an '06 than anything else. Finding one for a good shot is the tough part.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I think Happy Myles nailed this one down perfectly. Also for what it is worth I bet more local Wyoming hunters use '06 than anything else judging by the number I see in the field/trail heads and the amount of '06 ammo leaving the store shelves.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

With the right bullet in the right place, a .30-'06 will kill a bull elephant. Is it an elephant gun? NO! Is it an elk gun? hell yes!

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Uh short answer is yes its is an ideal elk rifle. And I might say that a 30-30 has killed more elk historically but I have no numbers to fall back on on that one, just popularity.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The hard part is finding the elk. The 06 will take care of the rest.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I've never been on an Elk hunt but I have been in on the shooting of many Moose and I can't imagine that there is a significant difference between the two animals. The 30-06 will anchor a moose easily.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

'Easily' is an improper way to ask the question. Will it do the job? Yes. Just like a 338, if the shot is placed right. I'd start practising with a Partition and try similar bullets if that doesn't give you the accuracy you want.

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from shane wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Use a good strong premium bullet. Yes.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Yes.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

You’re joking, RIGHT

If a 30-06 with a 180 Remington Core-Lokt® can “take a Moose, what you think, LOL!

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you hit an elk in the heart/lung area (about the size of a basketball) anything from 243 up will work. If you shoot them in the legs with an elephant gun, you are likely tracking/feeding the coyotes.

HappyMyles is right, finding elk is the hard part.

You can't go wrong with a 30-06 and a premium bullet like a Barnes or Nosler from 165 grains up. You don't need a magnum, and this late in the year you don't have time to learn to shoot a magnum before hunting season anyway.
My two-cents worth.
AKX

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The 30-06 is plenty of gun! The operative word is "easy"... it won't make any difference on how easy it is because you still have to find the elk and get off a good shot.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i dont think it would be a problem woth 180 lead

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from 268bull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Elk don't go easily. They are a big,strong, game animal (my last one est.850 LBS.) and shot placement is vital in putting them down and slowing them down. I had one stand up on me when he appeared "expired"and I was within 30 ft. of where he laid. Shot placement is vital on any animal, however I believe even more so on the larger ones. Heart and lung shots are ideal, muscle shots will let them run for a long way. You can't cover ground like they do, even with a muscle shot in them. Least ways, this has been my experience hunting Roosevelt's here in western central Oregon Cascades. .30_06 have taken a lot of elk and is probably one of the more popular caliber's in the region I hunt.

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from HuskyKMA wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

My dad took elk with a 6mm (.244) in the past. Shot placement matters more than anything. That said, we are looking to get a 30-06 because the 6mm is on the small side. 30-06 should work nicely.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Yep, that is for dang sure. I mean people take 'em down with sticks and string don't they!?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

perfect elk rifle

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Happy, Damn that was a good response. LOL

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from IanS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

My uncle shot a few elk with a 270 win so I'm sure a 30-06 will do it.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Probably been more elk killed with an '06 than anything else. Finding one for a good shot is the tough part.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I think Happy Myles nailed this one down perfectly. Also for what it is worth I bet more local Wyoming hunters use '06 than anything else judging by the number I see in the field/trail heads and the amount of '06 ammo leaving the store shelves.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

With the right bullet in the right place, a .30-'06 will kill a bull elephant. Is it an elephant gun? NO! Is it an elk gun? hell yes!

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Uh short answer is yes its is an ideal elk rifle. And I might say that a 30-30 has killed more elk historically but I have no numbers to fall back on on that one, just popularity.

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