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#1 Phil

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:14 PM

:D Huck has me talked into trying for a WY Antelope tag for next Oct.....then finishing up with another crack at elk in CO. The traveling companion for this venture wants to use a rifle, so my question is....should I use my trusty old 30-06 or opt for the 243 for lopes ?
I guess Marty would be the resident expert on this one. :hmm:
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:26 PM

Choose the round and rifle you are most competent and comfortable with. Both will do the job fine. Flat shooting and knowing the tagectory of your ammunition will be key to success.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 02:32 AM

From my experience, antelope are not very hard to bring down. .243 will kill one deader than a hammer. Shoot what you shoot best. Be prepared for a 300 yard plus shot with whatever rifle you take to wyoming though.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:12 AM

If your traveling companion wanted to jump off a cliff, would you do it too? Who said anything about rifles? I was planning slingshots and white marbles...let's give them a running chance! :lol: :lol: :lol:

.06...if that's what brings home the bacon. But, be ready to open it up!
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 11:18 AM

Antelope are not to bring down but if ya shoot em thru the guts or hind quarters they can run.....and run for miles.

You want a dead goat, go right thru the front shoulders or in the pocket, but you miss these areas, it'll be a long day and the meat will not be as good. You want em DRT...

Again, know what your bullet will do at 300....400 or even 500 yards and a rifle you can work in your sleep, you'll have the best hunt of your life. Come not prepared, it'll go alot lower on ladder.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:10 PM

Sounds like some pretty good advice to me.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 05:32 PM

The old 06 just fits,
and i've had excellent results with 165 Fed. Prem. out to 335yds (was my furthest). I guess it will depend on what we can draw in CO....although Bwanna Huck would find the 243 alot lighter to carry! ;)
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:13 PM

Bwanna will be okay, his hips are a wee bit brittle but he can carry a rifle.

Remember ground level here is about 8500 feet, then we start working up into the mountains. Be in shape, I am closing in on 300 pounds and one bad leg and can still walk most guys in the ground, but I live at this elevation


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Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:38 PM

I want to add my two pennies...

I suggest the 30-06. Only because I am bias :)
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:42 PM

just my opinion is the 06 we used 06 and 30-30s in Wyoming many years ago and they didnt let us down
I believe in fillet and release!

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 06:59 PM

Marty,

My pants fall off because I have "nobutt" symdrome. It has nothing to do with being brittle...at least I don't believe so... :huh: :huh: :doh:
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 07:41 AM

Man Yall missed this one bad,

lets see heres how it should go,

Honey thanks for letting me go after my antlope this year, you do know that shots will long, the OLD .243 well she just aint what she used to be, and the the .06 well she is just passed her prime, I know you really want me to do well on this hunt, and you dont want me to not be able to recover any goat, I was looking at a new .270 WSM the other day, and well Huck, Fatty, Whip and all the rest say I need a gun that will shoot out past 500 yards, so how bout it babe, I do love you


There s your chance phil LOL


For real take the one you are the most proficiant with, Good Luck


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Posted 01 May 2007 - 07:11 PM

I got an extry 270, 243, and 7mm RemMag, and .223 you may borrow. The 7 has elk blood on it, cowelk at 600yrds one shot.

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 07:13 PM

...elk? CO? Does that mean you will be Elkatrazzing???
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 07:51 PM

...elk? CO? Does that mean you will be Elkatrazzing???

I hope Too Silver !
Alot will depend on tags drawn for WY.
Not sure where we could try for CO elk in early Oct.
Huck said that early Oct. is an exciting time to try for lopes with the rut on.
If an Elkatraz type camp could be arranged at that time....then yeehaww! :D
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