Elk season and the other fall hunting seasons will soon be here :mrgreen: :mrgreen: , in light of that I have read a few articles lately that tag the 7mm’s and .277’s as “marginal” for Elk hunting. I would assume that a blanket statement such as this includes magnum 7mm’s and .277’s. :evil: Still others say nothing smaller than .30 Cal is acceptable. So a .30-30 or .308 Win is “better” than a 7mm Rem mag because it shoots a .308” bullet instead of a .284? And yet in the same sentence say 90% of Elk hunters cannot handle the recoil of .300 and .338 Magnums without flinch? Pure crap I say. . :roll: I will also say this, I have never myself hunted Elk with a rifle, but my basic understanding of how rifles work and knowledge gained from those who are experienced with rifle hunting Elk leads me to believe otherwise. In fact, most guys I know who do and have done a fair amount of Elk hunting use either a 7mm Rem. Mag., a .300 Win or WBY Mag., or a .30-06. I don’t buy that a .270 WBY or 7mm Mag is “marginal” I do think the .270 Win is probably the smallest I would consider, if I had no other option. I know of one Elk killed with a .243 Win, which is the smallest legal caliber in many states for Elk. Obviously, Elk have been killed with guns from the .243 Win to the .416 Rigby and above. I don’t consider the .270 Win “ideal” by any means for Elk but I do think it is capable with premium bullets such as the Barnes Triple-Shock and others. To my thinking I would say the .30-06 Sprg./ .280 Rem. Along with and up through the 7mm, .300, 8mm and .338 Cal. Mags are about “ideal” or the most capable rifles. We all know that the “best” gun is the one you shoot most accurately and have the most confidence in for the task at hand; as well as the fact that Elk or any other game animal having taken a bullet through the boiler room will soon expire. My personal take on this is that the best gun is the most powerful one you can shoot well. If you can’t handle the recoil of a .340 WBY or .338 Win mag (I would guess most guys who are not serious shooters cannot) but you shoot a .30-06 ok, use the ’06. In my own collection, I could choose from either the 7MM Rem Mag or the .30-06, I shoot MOA groups or better with both guns and I think either are capable of killing Elk as far away as I care to shoot them. Considering that, I might take a stab at the .338 Win or .375 H&H some day, just because I can. What are your thoughts on this? I am not looking for advice on what to buy for an Elk rifle, just venting at some outdoor writers and some fish and wildlife departments BS.