Is a Savage 111 in .300 Win Mag a good elk rifle?

I'm looking for a complete rifle for shooting elk. I hunt in Colorado a lot, and I was wondering what is the best gun and cartridge for elk. The Savage 111 .300 seems like an ideal rifle for this purpose. Any thoughts? Opinions would be greatly appreciated.

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    The .300 Win Mag is a good elk round. I hunt elk as well, and use a 30-06 on 7mm Rem Mag. Both are more than sufficient, but with elk hunting you want a rifle capable of longer range shots that still have enough power to take down large game which limits the 30-06 over the other calibers

  • 9 years ago

    Yes. Modern Savage rifles are very accurate and that 300 is as good as any for killing them. I have seen a Moose killed with a 308 so a 300 Win Mag will do fine.

    I'd go for the 111 FXP3 in 300 Win Mag or the 11 FXP3 in 300WSM, they are the same weight and price and either will do the job. Some people might prefer the 338, but there's not really a significant difference. 30-30s have killed a great many elk, so a 300 magnum of any sort won't have any problems.

    At 200 yards, which is as far as I'd dream of shooting off-hand, a 300WSM or Win Mag deliver an almost identical 2578 or 2598 ft.lbs, the 338 Win Mag that some would push you to will push that to 2815. Less than 10% more, but at the expense of having more bullet drop and recoil.

    At longer ranges the flatter shooting 300s are going to give you an better chance of nailing your target than the perceived extra energy of a bigger round.

    I've always had a thing for the 375H&H but despite kicking the hell out of the shooter and having a lot more muzzle energy it delivers less at 200 yards than the 300 magnums.

    Good hunting!

    PS. Take the energy numbers with a grain of salt, there's so much variation in ammo, but they are OK for comparison. That's a couple of 180 grain 300s and a 225 grain 339, all spire points.

    PPS. If I were buying now I would look very hard at the 111FCNS and 111 Long Range Hunter, the AccuStock looks like a very good idea.

  • 3 years ago

    Savage 111 338 Win Mag

  • 9 years ago

    Great elk caliber, heavy hitter on both ends out of the light Savage. Make the purchase and swap the stock for one from of the thumb-hole laminate type for all weather resistant's and to take the sting outa the kick.

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  • 9 years ago

    I would use a 54 caliber Hawken rifle.....

  • 9 years ago

    Oh yea

  • akluis
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    it will be fine, if anything it will recoil enough to make you a worse shot.

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