I just have my can gun in 5.45, but works very well for ferul hogs and coyote.
I am looking into a .300 Win. Mag.
There is plenty of room out here to stretch out a distance shot, and the Elk would require this cal. or better.
I am thinking of a custom Remington 700 with a Lother Walther Bbl. and a McMillan stock.
Unsure of my scope choice though, but Mil-Dot in 10X is the plan.
Any suggestions that don't cost a small fortune?
The 270 Win does not have the bullet weight of the 30-06 but is flatter shooting, which is why it was developed. I find that the recoil is a bit lighter and I like the accuracy, though except for the bullet drop, it is no more accurate than a good 30-06. My cheapo savage shoots .75 MOA with cheap factory ammo . Handloading would shave the group size down a bit but why invest the money and time when I only shoot 3-6 rounds a year? I have enough ammo to last a decade or so at that rate. The only draw-back to the 270 is that it is too light for moose or REALLY big elk at long range, depending on where you hit them.
Head or neck shot just below the base of the skull.
You will shatter the neck vertabre and sever the spine.
It will drop like a hot rock.
I have taken deer with a .22 hornet like this.
I see no reason a .270 can't take a bull elk the same way.
I no longer own my .270, but it was a great shooter as well.
MK 77 Ruger.
If you could only have one gun for all speicies it would have to be a .30 06. It can take any big game animal in N. america and just about any on the planet. They are cheap, the ammo is even cheaper. I am comfortable with shots in exccess of 300 yards and have killed deer at over 500 with one... that being said, for deer and elk in thick brush I use my .45/70. It is a great brush gun, looks like a lever action 30/30 and will take an elk off there feet at pretty much any range you can hit at.(100-200 yards if you practice...this is with open sights) .270's are great guns and i have taken elk no problem with one. And you cant forget the old reliable...the 30/30 lever action. 30/30's have killed more deer and elk than all the other calibers combined. It pretty much comes down to what you are comfortable with and shoot alot. I know people that have taken full sized elk with .243's and .22 mags. Just my 2cents.