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#189645 - 02/11/18 04:38 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
Randy M
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As recommended above, my pick is the 358 as the primary and 454 as a back up. Oh and the 265 swift as the bullet for 454.
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#189646 - 02/11/18 04:40 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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I have used a FA .475 (400 gr. XTP) on bull elk, to my complete satisfaction, and would recommend it. The scoped .358 JDJ in a pouch , as a back up, if you can't get close enough to use the .475, would also be a good idea. I'd use a 200 gr. Hornady spire point.

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#189647 - 02/11/18 04:44 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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All good choices, I expect you will end up taking 2 of them. Good luck on your elk hunt. A "Planner" always has a back up!

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#189652 - 02/11/18 06:22 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: WiseGuy
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


Just shoot the 265 swift in the smoke stick. 😎
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#189653 - 02/11/18 06:25 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: KRal]
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Andy, my friend, I'd go with the 358 JDJ as my primary, and the 454, as my belt gun. Really, no matter what you choose, you'll be in great shape.

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#189658 - 02/11/18 07:27 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: Franchise]
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Take them all and use the one that fits your hunting area.

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#189660 - 02/11/18 07:46 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: wyote]
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.358 with a revolver on your hip, as others have said. It'll cover all your bases, but mainly because I've been enamored with the .358 JDJ forever!
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#189687 - 02/12/18 12:04 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: 500WE]
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 Originally Posted By: 500WE
I have used a FA .475 (400 gr. XTP) on bull elk, to my complete satisfaction, and would recommend it. The scoped .358 JDJ in a pouch , as a back up, if you can't get close enough to use the .475, would also be a good idea. I'd use a 200 gr. Hornady spire point.


X2 (2 bulls with the 400 XTP)

Only down fall of the muzzleloader is the second shot (if needed) takes a while to load. So either way I would for sure have a revolver on my hip.

I have killed 2 bulls with my Encore 209X50 ML, one with a T/C 320 gr. Maxi-Ball and one with a 295 grain Black Belt. Both worked fine. If you can use sabots in Montana (a no-no in Colorado) you can load a Nosler Partition.

On second thought, here I go reading in-between the lines...not sure if that is good or not

if you are hunting in a centerfire rifle season, then it is ok to use a "lesser" weapon such as archery equipment, a handgun or a muzzleloader; and therefore sabots I THINK would be legal. They just are NOT LEGAL in ML season.

The safe bet of course would be to ask a Game Warden. Also make sure the area you hunt is not a "Weapons Restricted Area." Some areas in Montana have cartridge restrictions on handguns.

Sorry...it's just the "outfitter/guide" in me that wants to be sure the hunter is legal so nobody gets in trouble.


Edited by Gregg Richter (02/12/18 12:43 PM)
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#189722 - 02/13/18 06:45 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Wheelgun primary (s) and SS backup
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#189746 - 02/14/18 07:02 PM Re: Cow elk hunt [Re: WiseGuy]
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I would take two and carry one. If in your shoes I would go with the FA in 475 and have the 454 back at camp if anything happened during the hunt to make the 475 not usable ( highly unlikely ). I like the revolver as it is so easy to carry and that is one of the things that attracted me to handgun hunting. I also have three FA so am biased towards them.

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