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Maybe I'm overthinking

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Topic: Maybe I'm overthinking
Posted By: Wing master
Subject: Maybe I'm overthinking
Date Posted: 09 August 2019 at 12:07
Bears 30-06 post has got me thinking. 

I have been planning on using my Swede to hunt elk this year. Now, I'm wondering if it is enough gun? 

I have shot elk with a .270, a 30-06, a .308, and never have had a problem with wounding an elk that I had to track. My daughter and my dad have been shooting them with a .257 Roberts for several years now and we haven't had to track one of theirs. 

I will be shooting 130 grain Sierra Gamechangers at around 2950 fps from the Swede. 

What do you think? Is the Swede enough to cleanly take an elk?


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I have always considered myself to be quite the bullshitter, But ocasionally it is nice to sit back and listen to a true professional......So, Carry on.



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Posted By: RobertMT
Date Posted: 09 August 2019 at 12:30
Yes. I would consider of stepping up to 140gr bullet, for a bull. 130 grain has slightly better SD, than 140gr in 270. 140gr gives a bit better, than 150gr in 270.

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Posted By: d4570
Date Posted: 09 August 2019 at 12:41
Bullet placement Wing!
Over seas they have been shooting moose and red beer with the swede for MANY years...
The fact is Sara killed her first moose at 180 yards with the swede.
We NEEDED it to drop in it's tracks or we would have had to swim out to him in a swamp. IT did, right through the heart.Clap


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Posted By: Wing master
Date Posted: 09 August 2019 at 14:03
I wish they made Gamechangers in 140 grain. It does shoot Nosler Accubond 140's really accurately. Maybe I'll try them again. I was having a hard time finding them about a year ago. 

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I have always considered myself to be quite the bullshitter, But ocasionally it is nice to sit back and listen to a true professional......So, Carry on.


Posted By: jsgbearpaws1
Date Posted: 09 August 2019 at 21:29
With extremely well placed shots, a .22LR is adequate at very close range. I however fall on the side of it's never too dead. Eastern conditions and western conditions are not even close to the same. Ranges are short here and game is skittish. Western ranges are far and more apt to be open with less aware or skittish behaviors, mainly due to the range. A well placed shot on an elk inside 50 yards when it's spooked is still gonna take off at a shot no matter how much heart you destroy. A true rarity to get a shot at one that close on public grounds during the early season. The Sweed will do fine on any game past 500 yards when it's just going about it's day if the shot is placed right. Pretty much any of the ones you listed are good choices if you do your part and have the practice and confidence in the shot.

Or just get a frangible 650 gr. 50 BMG and walk out and pick up your burger.

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Posted By: Wing master
Date Posted: 11 August 2019 at 02:49
I think you're right. I have shot many an elk with 130 grain .270's. 

I'll stick with plan "A". 

I hope to be posting pictures the first week of November. 

Wing master


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I have always considered myself to be quite the bullshitter, But ocasionally it is nice to sit back and listen to a true professional......So, Carry on.



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