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Territorial Gunsmiths(952) 931-9451
733 6th Avenue South
High Hopes Gunsmithing218652307
Route 1 Box 50
Bill'S Gun Shop & Range(763) 792-4867
3621 88th Ave. NE
Circle Pines, MN
Circle Pines, MN
Dick'S Sporting Goods651731020
Tamarack Village S/C 8292 Tamarack Village
Dick's Sporting Goods(952) 525-0200
11260 Wayzata Boulevard
4314 Shady Oak Road Min
Gunstopreloading Supplies Inc.(952) 474-0211
5667 Manitou Road
Ballistic Products, Inc.(763) 494-9237
20015 75th Ave N. Cor
Dick's Sporting Goods(651) 633-7242
1645 County Road B2 W
Dick's Sporting Goods(612) 869-0200
1700 West 78th Street
Big Game Rifle Selection from a Female Perspective
Many years ago when I said I would marry Dan, I had no idea that our life together would turn me into the passionate hunter and shooting enthusiast I have become. Hunting, while a central preoccupation to him, was something I had never done before or been exposed to. So he was surprised when I jokingly notified him one fall day I would accompany him and his friends on a deer hunt and required a rifle, gear, and some instruction.
To my surprise, he was thrilled and anxious to help, in fact he was so excited I did not have the heart to tell him I had been joking. Despite the fact I had unwittingly backed into it, the first deer hunt was a life-changing event for me and as time has passed my devotion to this wonderful lifestyle has grown deeper and deeper. I now hunt moose, elk, deer, antelope, and varmints every year, both with my husband and without him. Hunting has enriched my life in ways I could not begin to fathom that first season, and as my interest in hunting and shooting has grown, so has the battery of rifles that now resides in the gun closet. I offer the following choices not just as suggestions for the female hunter, but for all hunters to consider. After all, if these rifles are effective for me, they likely will be effective for others as well.
Elk and Moose:
To say elk are tough is an understatement, but they are not armor plated either. For these remarkable animals I have complete faith in a Browning A-bolt chambered in .30-06. It wears a Leupold Vari X-II 2-7x33, which has good light gathering qualities in thick timber and at dawn and dusk, but plenty of magnification to reach out to 350 yards, and a bit more, if needed. This rifle fires a 180-grain Nosler Partition bullet at an average of 2695 fps and on a good day will group its shots into a 1-inch circle at 100 yards. I know this is not exactly a flashy choice, but with this rifle I have dropped 12 elk and several cow moose. I added a muzzle break to it, as the recoil with 180 bullets was still substantial for me. A friend of mine with more than 30 years experience guiding hunters in the mountains of Wyoming, claims the .30-06 as his favorite elk caliber to see clients, of any gender, walk into camp with. He has seen more than 150 elk killed in his career and strongly feels that bullet construction is far more important than caliber choice when it comes to elk hunting. I can’t argue. The .30-06 has all the killing power and reach needed for ethical shooting in field conditions, delivered in a package that doesn’t kick the shooter into a flinch.
There are other choices out there that would work, but based on what I have seen and the opinions of several guides, I feel this is a very sound choice for any elk hunter. Get a .30 caliber rifle that shoots accurately without excessive recoil, practice with it once or twice a month, load it up with tough controlled expansion bullets, and you won’t go wrong on any elk or moose that walks the earth. For me that describes the ol...