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Offline lilabner

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Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« on: March 13, 2006, 05:16:57 AM »
Would appreciate  some ideas on Roosevelt elk rifles. For the most part, the elk are found in a "jungle" along the coast. Short shots are the rule but there is the occasional opportunity out to 200 yards. I am now leaning toward making my Savage .243 a switch barrel and getting a .358 Winchester barrel. That would be the low cost option. A 45-70 would be better for the short range shots but not so good for the long ones. I handload. I have a very nice old Springfield sporter (gunsmith built) in 30-06 and could rebarrel it for .35 Whelen but that would cost as much as a new rifle and I would prefer to not change the rifle. I suspect that a used lever gun in .358 probably brings a pretty penny now. Any .358 shooters or Roosevelt elk hunters out there? Other suggestions?

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Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006, 07:50:13 AM »
I grew up in Monmouth and hunted the valley and the coast range quite a bit. Your sure right about the jungle. Cartridges are easy, 7mm-08, 308Win, 358 Win all work. I'd even say the 260 Rem and 6.5x55.

What's most important tho is the rifle and scope itself. My favorite rifle scope combination was my old Rem 660 with a 20" barrel and a 2 3/4 Redfield scope. It's been taken over by my son! Now I have a new Model 70 Featherweight with an old 1-4X Redfield in 6.5x55.

While there's a mess of cartridges that work, in that stuff what is really needed is a rifle that handles really well and a scope that really really gathers light with a wide field of view.
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Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2006, 03:02:37 PM »
I think that I would just stick with the 30-06 that you already have.  Of course, if you are looking for a reason to buy another rifle, well, more power to ya!  Enjoy! :D

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Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2006, 10:19:59 PM »
A properly loaded '06 will take any elk on the planet.  HOWEVER, don't let that stop you from buying another gun!! :grin:
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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 07:33:05 PM »
hey lilabner, if you do get a 358 win, your other rifles won't see much use.
 

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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 10:38:10 AM »
   If your Savage  is a short action the idea of the .358 or maybe a .338  Federal barrel would be fun.  If its a long action like the new Axis / Edge rifles you could go with either of the short cartridges or with a 35 Whelen barrel.
  I would hunt with the one you like the best.     :D      Jedman
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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 04:06:41 AM »
 As said, if short action, go with the 358 or 338 Federal. If long, 35 Whelen. Of course, a good 200gr Partition in a 30.06 is a beast in its own right! However, I think just the project of making your rifle a switch-barrel would be a great experience and learning opportunity. Life is too short for "make do".
 I had a little Browning BLR in 358 last year, but it was (a) expensive, yes and (b) did nothing my 35 Whelen Ackley Improved couldn't do, ha. I really like the 358, but my .35 Whelen AI has spoiled me. I've shot many elk sized plains game with 250X and later the 200X; from 30ft to 347 yards, it is a jewel.
  I like the Barnes, but the magazine in the BLR required I used the 200TSX and not the Tipped version. No biggy, but a Barnes X of any kind is a humdinger in any elk round, IMO. I say go for it!

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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 10:13:06 AM »
 I also wanted to ask if you had considered handloading your 30.06 with something like the Woodleigh 240gr PP (the one made for 30.06 velocities) All you need is something like 2200fps and you are good to go!
 Save time and money, but hey, nothing like the present to try something with a fatter bullet! The 338 Federal has more factory ammo available, but handloading a 358 or 35 whelen is super simple. Good luck to you.

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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2012, 04:46:09 PM »
I like your switch barrel idea, but there almost an unlimited number of cartridges that will kill an elk here on the coast.
 I have used a model 70 in 7x57, a twin to your 7/08, .338 mag., 300 weatherby, and oh, that all time great 30/06.
 Best, probaly the 338 mag, but I have had 5 different ones and curently own none.
My favorite latley has been my 300 weatherby with a 200 grain load.
I have seen 358 winchester used on moose, so it would work well for elk.
It comes down to what do you want to hunt with. Good luck!
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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2012, 06:58:27 PM »
Couldn't think of a better rig then a BLR in 358 win loaded with noslers, and topped with a low powered variable scope.   Sort of like my favorite Maine deer rifle... ;D
 
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Re: Roosevelt elk rifle - .358 Winchester?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2014, 02:04:01 AM »
Ditto the "bigeasy". I also have a BLR in a .358 Win and love it.  It's a great 35 caliber and rifle combination.  And because you reload, the readily available 308 family of cases can be shaped to .358 size.  If you ever get one(BLR in a 358W), you'll have a tough time wanting to use another gun. She's just sweet!