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oldillini

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Getting ready to head to CO for elk. Been struggling on which rifle to take.

First option is my Tikka T3 7mm Rem Mag w/ Zeiss glass. Great gun and has dropped both elk it shot at. It loves the Federal Premiums with 160 gr Partitions.

Second is a 1980 vintage Winchester M70 in 30-06 that I picked up 3-4 years ago and I've never shot it except at the range. Somehow, in all of the ammo turmoil, I found some Nosler's with 180 gr Accubonds. They shoot great in this gun out to 200 yds. Slapped on new Vortex Viper HS glass and I'm liking it.

I do not take a shot over 300+/- yards because the I just don't have a place to practice longer shots and gain confidence. Also, where we hunt, the shot opportunities would typically be limited to <400 anyway.

Really getting the nostalgia bug and leaning towards the 30-06. This caliber has taken a LOT of elk. Am I crazy?
 

EastTNHunter

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Both will kill elk dead as the other. I always carry a backup when travel hunting, but I don’t know how you plan to hunt. I personally prefer Zeiss glass over Vortex, and one rifle may be stainless and the other blues, so those factors would play more into which gun I was carrying each day than deciding between those two cartridges.
 

oldillini

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Okay, made my decision. 30-06!

I definitely planned to a take a back-up and the 7RM can stay comfy in the truck.

For the ranges I will shoot, I actually like the Vortex glass better than the Zeiss. Primarily because I like its reticle better. But my plan is to have that bull within 100 yards, so iron sights might be enough. LOL
 

Hunterbug

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I'd take both just because I firmly believe in having a backup but the 06 will do the job just fine. It'll kill elk further than most people are capable of shooting.
 

Quinn

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Take both! Let your mood and/or weather help you with your decision. Both will kill elk.
 

White hawk

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It's good to carry backup along while travelling for hunting, Wish you success on your hunt !
 

F250

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If you can, take both. Always good to have a backup ... chit happens.
 

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