Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

Q: I'm going on an elk hunt in Kazakhstan in September and would like to use my .280. Is this powerful enough? -Kent Ford, Dyersburg, Tenn.

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A: The Russian elk (a.k.a. maral stag) looks to me like an American elk, and your .280 should do just fine if you use a strong bullet. One of the three biggest elk I've ever seen -an absolute draft horse of an elk-was killed with one shot at 75 yards by a woman with a .280 who knew how to shoot.