As a kid I spent many a day with mom and dad as they were a year out from going to Africa for 3mo safari. Most of the game except the cape buffalo were taken with a .270/165gr.
I have had many discussions with dad about the .270. He did not budge. I have yet to drop a elk. My background is with the .308/165grn. I'm happy with a group shot at 300yds. The idea of having the 2nd shot in to 1000lbs of meat is necessary at times. So my first choice is the 308 and back up would be the 270.
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best rifle caliber?
I've been reading what people have been writing about rifle calibers and here is what 16 years of guiding elk has tought me. Use a rifle that fits you correctly, a caliber you are not scared of. Too many hunters think they need to buy the biggest and baddest rifle out there, not true! The biggest thing is use the proper BULLET! Do not use hollow points! Do your homework on bullet performance. You don't have to buy the biggest and baddest bullet (by it's so called reputation). Like I said, I've been guiding elk hunts along time, and the two calibers that seem to require a follow up shot or shots and additional tracking more than others; Is the 270 and 7mm Rem Mag. Let me finish!!! All of which can totally be corrected by using the proper bullet. I shoot a 7mm with factory Remington ammo. 175gr core locks and you can see the concussion when you hit an animal. Also, remember bullet placement is key with any caliber. Line up your vertical crosshair with the front leg centered between top of back and bottom of brisket this is the actual boiler room.
I have a 30 30 with 170 grain round nose bullet. Will this work to shoot an elk ?
Talked to my outfitter about rifles.
(Highland Village, Texas)
My outiftter says the locals in Wyoming by and large us lighter caliber rifles for Elk.