After 38 years of guiding and outfitting elk hunters in western Colorado I long ago came to this same conclusion. I'm just surprised to see so many now in favor of the 7mm-08 for elk. I can't do this with my 7 mag. The 7-08 loaded with a 175-grain SBT at 2600 fps has the minimum energy for elk out to 450 yards, adequate to 200 yards, and preferred at the muzzle. Hawkeye Compact/Black Laminate Stock. By Joseph von Benedikt. 28 Nosler,,,,300WSM,,,,338-378 Wby,,,,375 Ruger. OUT OF STOCK (2) Ruger 4 + 1 7MM-08 Rem. Jester896 When trained hunters use it, the 7mm-08 Remington can easily hit … It will probably be a short action. KellyTimoffee, Jun 2, 2008. of energy, although many newer factory loads such Hornady’s Superformance produce around 2950 … Use a 140gr. The only thing separating these calibers from the four top calibers is use on moose and elk. Find a tough cartridge for one of the most prized and toughest hooved big game animals around. OUT OF STOCK (0) Ruger American All-Weather Compact Bolt 7mm-08 Rem 18" 4+1 Synt. I use the 7mm-08 year around shooting varmints, pronghorns, deer, elk, and anything in season. Find a tough cartridge for one of the most prized and toughest hooved big game animals around. The 7mm-08 is good for hunting just about any game in North America up to and including moose and elk. I have a friend that's taken over 20 Elk using one rifle a .308. Avoid the 140 grain Ballistic Tip. Check this out. There is lots to be said about accuracy and shooter skill. 20 inch pencil thin barrel. They are cheap electrochemically plated bonds designed for deer hunting. Here are a couple of details that you should remember about 7mm-08 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor. The one thing I would do which I am sure you already preactice practice practice.....while the caliber is not the 300 a well placed bukllet will put a cow or bull down with no problems. Yes, the 7mm-08 Remington is A GOOD CHOICE for elk hunting, under average conditions, from a mid-range distance, with a medium grain expanding bullet, and with correct shot placement. just practice! The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. Between the .308 and 7mm-08, which would you choose and why? 7mm-08 for Elk with a quality 140gr bullet loaded to approx 2800ft/sec muzzle vel. The 7mm-08 matches or exceeds it AND is an inherently accurate round with 140 grain bullets. I will be taking my 12-yr-old grandson along as a mentored youth hunter. It can't help but win. It could bust your butt if you weren’t ready for it. Mag.) I'll start something now, I've taken Elk with a .243, .270, 7mm-08, 7mm Mag, 30-06, and a 300 H&H. My .300, 338, and .358 magnums would shoot through an elk end to end with the right bullets, but I was taught not to take those shots. At 100 yards I can shoot the teeth off a plastic fork one at a time. .243 is usually under 100. I've killed (dropped in his tracks) elk out to 340 yards with a .280 Rem. Always. Nevertheless, the 7mm08 retains a number of fans, many having hunted with this cartridge for most of their hunting careers. The 7mm-08 and .25-06 are hardly ever mentioned as all-around calibers, yet here they are. Why the 7mm-08 Remington is a top short-action choice: A direct copy of the 7mm/.308 wildcat dating back to 1958 and earlier. I think it's a grood cartridge. I am in need of an elk round for my sako A7 7mm08 with a 22.5 barrel with a 9.5 inch twist. So the decision has been made, and Paula is already stopping in at our local club’s indoor .22 range on Wednesday evenings, looking forward to spring when she takes it outside with the 7mm-08 and starts extending her shooting range out to 200 and … A century ago, bullets were just getting used to high speed. I have not used 154 interlocks on elk, but I do have some input on interlocks on elk. Another stubby powerhouse, the .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Mag, also came my way before I’d heard of it dropping an elk. Shot placement is more important than the bullet. The 7mm-08 is a fine rifle The 7mm-08 is a fine rifle round for elk. For the premiums, your best selection is from Federal in 140 grain weights: Barnes TSX, Trophy Bonded and or Nosler Partition. It’s my No. Gilding metal (90 percent copper, 10 percent zinc) was first thought too soft for the friction generated by 150-grain bullets in .30-06 service ammunition. I would imagine I would have to take shots closer than 300 yards and probably closer to 200 yards with proper shot placement. I don't understand how a bullet could break a bone in the back leg, go through the chest and exit thru the opposite back leg? I am having trouble justifying the purchase of a 300wsm for this coming elk season. Nathan has complied real world data on killing of game with all manners of bullets and provides some good insight. On another site, there was quite a long flaming thread about the 7/08 being used on elk. .30-06. That is unless you are hunting parrie dogs or ground squirls but then you don't need all that power. One needs to shoot well and not take the questionable shots. Why the 7mm-08 Remington is a top short-action choice: A direct copy of the 7mm/.308 wildcat dating back to 1958 and earlier. The 7mm-08 Remington is simply the.308 Winchester cartridge necked-down to handle.284 inch diameter bullets. I however use a .270 Win for elk these days, in factt for all my biggame hunts, deer, pronghorn, etc. Like the rest here I think the 7mm-08 is an OK round for elk. I guess no one here shoots bergers since target bullets shouldnt be used on game. Commercial hunting loads for the 7mm-08 have bullets that range up to 160 grains while.308 ammunition tops at about 185 grains, and with bullets from 150 to 160 grains, the 7mm-08 will outperform the.308. Try a 7mm mag, or even a 300 RUM. are not surprising. I killed my first elk with a .280, you're only 100 fps behind that with a 7mm-08. accubond and you should be fine. Layne used a Nosler Model 48 Liberty in 7mm-08 and Nosler factory ammo with the 140-grain Ballistic Tip bullet to take this mule deer in northern Utah. Comment. No real need for magnums until you窶决e getting past 5-600 yards. While assessing different cartridges, you could have a general idea about their characteristics if you carefully research their development history. I'm getting a new 7mm-08 soon and am wondering what the conventional wisdom here is saying about a good bullet to shoot for elk. Keeping in line with this I see many posts claiming you must have a magnum to even consider hunting elk. Would a 7mm-08 used on elk be comparable to a .22-250 on deer? Anyone following this ELK story (Updated), Hunting Tip: Attracting Bucks During the Rut. But that must be taken with a grain of salt, as not each situation will be the same, and an elk or moose will be best handled by the heavier 160 or 175-grain 7mm bullet better than it will … I figure having 2 rifles will be better. My Dad and brother used 250's in the western part of your state for over 30 years and never lost a single deer. Personally, I think the 7mm-08 is just a bit light to be considered a serious elk rifle, but, with a good 140 or 150 grain bonded bullet, it should be able to get the job done, if you do your part Still. If you hand load you can tailor make a load that your rifle will love, it doesn't matter if it is a 7mm-08 or a 300 magnum. He stated that he was watching elk drop with this caliber from distances of 100yd out to 350 and on a couple of occasions 400yds. The top four cartridges (.30-06, .308, .270 and 7mm Rem. The 7mm-08 rifle he’d shot since his preteen years did all he needed. I guess all I can say about the 7mm 08 with the right bullet and bullet weight - used in the right manner it can kill HUMANELY a lot further then given credit. The 12 Best Cartridges for Elk Hunting. Assuming reasonable accuracy and velocity (say, 2,750 fps for a 139-140gr and up near 3,000 fps for the 120gr), what would you run for elk out to 300 yards (maximum, shots would normally be much closer)? When I was a kid we were all country boys around here and most used 30-30, .300 Savage, and 270窶冱. The top four cartridges (.30-06, .308, .270 and 7mm Rem. Jester896 This has made me a better shooter and hunter." I wouldn't suggest using a 7mm-08 for elk. Just use a good bullet. Try a 7mm mag, or even a 300 RUM. Always better to be safe than sorry. I believe this was the first elk taken with it. Again. And of course, keep my shots at the 350yd max distance. For most of the hunting I do with a 7mm-08 or 7x57—always at reasonable ranges —I’m pretty happy with how modern 140-grain hunting bullets perform, including on elk and on the general run of African plains game. However, our research suggests that Remington would be the better choice if you are after the bigger ones: moose, elk, and black bears alike. These animals all expired less than 60 steps from where struck, most without another shot fired. That big bull elk was a whole lot bigger than any deer I've ever shot, and took a lot more work to take care of after the shot. Likes: Bowyer29, SakoL61R, mossyoakpro and 7 others. Obviously, it depends on what you want to do. Also, I'd avoid those new bonded types from Federal and Winchester. Really. I shoot the 150gr SBT in my 7/08 and would not have any quams about sending one into a muley at 500 and under. Obviously, it depends on what you want to do. Its all about the shooter. I think the little 7mm-08 can do it. With 140-grain Nosler Partitions, if you aim your 7mm-08 at an elk's vitals correctly and pull the trigger, you can be confident that the least of your worries will be the performance of the bullet on the terminal end! Like the rest here i think the 7mm-08 case is just my opinion deer. Limited number of configurations not take the questionable shots and very few made it to 50yds all. Or ground squirls but then you do n't need all that bullet needs even for `` NIECES