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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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With what rifle on your dream hunt?

Hopefully in a year or 2 I am planning to go out for my first elk hunt. My question is ......What gun would you take on your dream hunt? Would you purchase new or hunt with something passed down or a gun you have already. What caliber would you use and why?

I purchased a Howa stainless 300 win mag for mine. I'm installing a new timney trigger on it and I'm in the process of looking for another scope for it. The VX-III didn't hold up for some reason. I want to be able to shoot accurately up to 600 yards. I will have a plenty of time to reach my goal by the end of this year.
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Re: With what rifle on your dream hunt?

Sounds good, if you wnat a new gun - I say go buy a new one.

As for me - I would like a new Shiloh Sharps big 50 and go on a buffalo hunt somewhere in the midwest
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Re: With what rifle on your dream hunt?

It would depend on what I was hunting and what calibers I owned. My safe is well stocked so personally I would use something I have.

Being you have a 300 Win you are in great shape for the hunt you are planning. Also good move on swapping out the factory trigger for the Timney as the factory triggers on the Howas and WB Vangaurd are really bad. I did the same move on a Vanguard I own in 7 mag and it made a big difference. Getting back to your 300, not sure what loads you are looking to try but my Rem 700 in 300 Win loves Barnes 168 TSX's and RE 22 - it chronys 2970 fps. I have it sighted in 2.5" high at 100 and it is 14 inches low at 400. Using a ballistic calculator shows I should be -32" at 500. I didn't calculate the drop at 600.

Regarding your Leupy VX III, they will repair or replace it free of charge if it is defective. I have the newer VX3 3.5x10x40 with the B&C reticle and really like it.

Good luck on getting your gun dialed in and ready for the hunt. Pre-hunt prep is a fun and important part of doing a hunt.
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You have a great rifle for a western hunt or an eastern hunt too. I agree, send scope to Leupold and it should come back fixed with no problems.

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caliber is good if not great as long as you are completely comfrotable with it, that means lots of practice. at 70+ grains of powder per shot or the price of factory stuff you are gonna need a good ammount of rounds to reach the 600 yard mark. for a scope I tried a womans 300 ultra with a burris scope that had a range finder built in, it was very easy to use and was dead nuts with range and where it put the reticle. I would use one of those scopes but they run around 700-800 but for a "hunt of a lifetime" I would spare no expense. another way to look at it, if you spend $xxxx for the hunt and $xxxx for the rifle package and hunting clothing why would you cut corners on the glass? I learned on a antelope hunt that yardage is hard to eastimate when you are a flatlander.

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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pha I have right now 14 howas and Vanguards and I replaced them all. The bolt will get polished and fluted and the trigger switched as i said. The barrel accuracy is great from these guns.Some people like em some people don't but I can honestly say I have never had one that would not shoot well.......As far as bullets I don't reload so I am at the mercy of factory ammo. So far I like the Hornady ammo.With a year of shooting and my treadmill I should be ready for next year or the year after.
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Wow, you really do like the Howas. They do shoot but they need to find a way to trim about a pound off of them.
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I would use my tried and true .30-06 or my new Ruger .270. I don't like the idea of going on a hunt with a new gun though. I don't like any surprises and I know my .30-06 wouldn't give me any.
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My ruger M77 MK II in 7mm-mag with a Hogue full-length bedded stock (got one with and excellent factory trigger) Stoked with Barnes Tripple Skocks or Swift Siroccos and topped with a VX III BDC scope, there isn't an elk within 450 yards that's safe. If I was going to travel/hunt "light" and knew the shots were going to be 300 yards and under, my TC Prohunter in 7mm-o8 loaded with some Barnes Tripple Shocks and topped with a Nikon Monarch 3-9 gets the nod.

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Re: With what rifle on your dream hunt?

The pounds don't bother me at all. I'm a 250 lb guy that works with stone. Moose thats why i started shooting this 300 early before the trip. Who would have thought 12 shots and a VX-III would have been no good. I'll find that perfect combo. I also will be bringing a back up rifle too.
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