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  • .300 WM or .308 for hunting elk in Colorado?

     Steven updated 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Steven

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    .300 WM or .308 for hunting elk in Colorado?

  • dont_trust_kinderEGG

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    What range will you honestly take an ethical shot at?

  • BWFree

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Shot placement is key but the 300wm is much more likely to get the job done with just one shot. I took a 1,200 pounder two months ago with a 300wm.

  • echocall2

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    .300 WIN, or my personal favorite elk round .300 WBY

  • LetsArgueAboutNothin

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    You could split the difference and go 30-06. There is plenty of overlap between a low level load 300WM and a high level 308. But there is even more overlap when you throw 30-06 in there. You can get loads/hand loads 06 up to low level 300WM performance, and you can get very light lights if you ever want to use it on yotes or deer.

  • Maraudinggopher77

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    For 400 max a 308 loaded with 165 or 180 Nosler Accubonds will be adequate. I used to live in Colorado. When it came to elk hunting I was usually the guy that took the long shots at 250 to 400 yards. The other 6 guys in camp all had a tendency to kill them inside 100 yards with 45 70s, 35 whelens, and 30 06s. Of course we hunted a unit that was heavily timbered in a lot of places. Depending on where you draw a tag the vegetation and topography may lend itself to longer shots. The 308 will allow you to shoot roughly twice as much as the 300 for the same price.

  • kabarmk2

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I have both calibers depending on what gun you buy they will recoil different I have a 700 in 308 and the recoil is about the same on my x bolt 300wm
    Since I have had my 300wm my 308 tend to collect a lot of dust for elk regardless of distance I’d shoot my 300 it has a lot more energy than the 308. Get a good 4×12 scope and your good

  • hyintensity

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I hunt in Craig/Monument/Steamboat, CO areas. 300wm or 300wsm minimum.

    After killing elk myself, it is clear that 300wm/wsm is the superior choice.

    I use a 300wsm loaded with 180gr-200gr bullets.
    The 308 is small. Will it kill with a double lung shot? Yes. But it is definitely small. Especially at 400yds.

    Just like how everyone says 223 is small for deer, 308 is small for elk. Especially if you are try to bag a bull.

    If you have never seen a bull? They are massive and tough.

    The only elk that I have had run on me was one that I hit with a clean 308 double lung/heart shot at 230yds. I had to track it for 2 miles. I found it bedded down and it got up and tried to run again when I found it. It took another 2 44mag rounds to put it down.
    When I butchered it, the both lungs were full of blood and the heart had been hit in the rear.

    The other 2 elk I have hit with my wsm dropped where they stood or within 20 yards.

    The extra velocity provided by the 300WM/WSM/WBY isn’t trivial.

    I send 180gr rounds @ 3000fps and 200gr @ 2950fps. I send 180gr bullets 400-500fps faster than a 308.
    These rounds deliver considerably more shock energy and the heavy hunting bullets expand much better at distance.

    In my experience, velocity kills animals.

    Can you use a 308? For sure.
    But it is not in the same class as the WM/WSM

  • Mcnutter

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Check out 300 prc, especially if you reload or can have a shop get you some good loads. I like my 7mm mag too. Of those 2 you listed I would definitely go 300 win mag over 308 for elk though..

  • SR-71A_Blackbird

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    338 Win Mag is a good choice too.

  • BoardsOfCanadia

    December 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Whichever you can shoot accurately. It doesn’t matter if you have the extra power of the 300WM if you flinch because you’re anticipating recoil and miss. Both will kill an elk if you have proper shot placement.

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