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#189634 - 02/11/18 02:29 PM Cow elk hunt
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Good Lord willing in the fall of this year I will be in Montana on a cow elk hunt. Now the fun part....what handgun to use???

FA 454
FA 475
TC 45/70
358 JDJ
CVA Optima V2 50cal.....leaning heavily on this one
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#189635 - 02/11/18 03:05 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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I would take the gun I was most comfortable with so I could relax and enjoy the sights and experiances of an elk hunt in the west. I would lean towards the versatility of the 358JDJ. It has the velocity to make longer shots easier. However... If the challenge of hunting with a revolver or muzzle loader speaks to you then I would encourage you to stick to your guns and make it happen.
GOOD LUCK to you whatever you choose and I hope you enjoy your hunt!

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#189636 - 02/11/18 03:18 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: cmnash]
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 Originally Posted By: cmnash
I would lean towards the versatility of the 358JDJ. It has the velocity to make longer shots easier.


Matt makes a good choice in the 358 and all I can add would be to carry either the 454/475 on your belt just in case she`s in spitting distance.....
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#189638 - 02/11/18 03:23 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
 Originally Posted By: cmnash
I would lean towards the versatility of the 358JDJ. It has the velocity to make longer shots easier.


Matt makes a good choice in the 358 and all I can add would be to carry either the 454/475 on your belt just in case she`s in spitting distance.....
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#189639 - 02/11/18 03:40 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: racksmasher1]
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The .50 smoke stick is an easy 100 yard tool and it would make the cool factor a little higher. If you bathe regularly, surely you can get within 100 yards.
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#189640 - 02/11/18 03:55 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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After rethinking my response, I will add this- The two cow elk I was successful on were taken at about 60 yards and 75 yards. So, getting close is definitely possible, and doing an elk with a revolver pushes the cool factor way up.


Edited by cmnash (02/11/18 04:21 PM)

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#189641 - 02/11/18 04:06 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: cmnash]
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The smoke stick just seems like that would be cool, but on the other hand so does the FA's. I will battle this for several months....LOL
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#189642 - 02/11/18 04:19 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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Personally I would take the .454 or .475. The multiple shot capability is with considering and there are plenty of capable bullets available for both calibers.
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#189643 - 02/11/18 04:26 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: Whitworth]
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I would take the CVA Optima V2. I have one and love it out to 100 yards or a little farther.
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#189644 - 02/11/18 04:31 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: Whitworth]
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Im such a "planner" I have already decided on the bullets for each gun...except the for the smoke stick

454 250 XPB or 265 Swift
475 385 Cast HP or 275 Speer
358 250 Hornady SP
45/70 300 Barnes Original
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