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Now that I've figured out my problem of reloading my 260 using 140gr rem. pspcl., what are your opinions of using this bullet/caliber for Elk.
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It is kinda like real estate (location, location, location).  We have a customer that has successfuly taken elk with a 22-250, but would I try it....NO.  The largest animal I have taken with my .260 was a 300 lb. mule deer.  I reserve my .260's big brother for elk (6.5 STW).
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i wouldnt hesitate to take the .260 after elk, provided you select a good bullet, ie nosler accubond, barnes tsx, swift scirocco or a frame. i wouldnt hesitate for a second to take my .264 win or my 6.5 rem after elk with any of the above mentioned bullets, when i lived in wyoming i knew a few people who used the .243 win and 25-06 for elk and as long as the shots were inside 300yds and they placed there shots right they never had any trouble. the .260's high s.d and b.c's will help you a bunch you would be surprised what a 6.5mm will really do for you.
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Location -location -location..very important ,,and the 260 will get it done ,,,,but I am erring on the side of caution for what could be a 700lb critter and going with Teddy Roosevelt on this one-- " Speak  softly and carry a big stick,  you will go far " ...and hopefully the elk won't ...

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They've been shooting moose in Sweden for years with the 6.5X55 which is basically the same cartridge.  I wouldn't hesitate to take my .260 on an elk hunt, but I would use a premium bullet and would pick my shot carefully. 
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The 260 wouldn`t be my 1st choice for elk. Although with the right bullet and within a certain range, it will do the job....The 260 is a better deer, antelope round...
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I agree, the .260 is not the optimal elk cartridge, but I kind of want to go across the grain and try something alittle different, my biggest question is whether the 140 rem corelok will hold up.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

I agree, the .260 is not the optimal elk cartridge, but I kind of want to go across the grain and try something alittle different, my biggest question is whether the 140 rem corelok will hold up.
 
It should work fine. Killing large game is often more about where you hit it than it is what you hit it with lots of game animals have been shot in the head with 22 or 22 mag, but there are exceptions Yikesand one is if you are hunting where there are Grizzley Bears in which case the rule becomes (Use Enough Gun) .  Note: how to determine if you have enough gun - if your little finger wont go down the muzzle  half an inch you may not have a large enough bore diameter. Cool Also if the magazine holds more than three shells chances are you need larger shells.
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As was pointed out the 6.5x55 kills a lot of Moose (their Elk) but usually with a very long 160 gr roundnose at much closer range than the typical Western Elk hunt. Their hunters also have to be trained and keep log books, not just turned loose with a tag. Thta said, a 6.5 will kill an Elk if you dont don't try a Texas heart shot or a front quartering shot that might require breaking a shoulder. Put a premium bullet through both lungs at 250 yards or less and the Elk will die. One question is that given the cost of a non-resident Elk hunt, the extra $ and time to buy and conquer a 338 or so might be money well spent.
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Love my 6.5x55, those 160 gr. round noses really do the job.
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My uncle used a .260 Rem to kill two elk last year. 

I have killed two elk with my 7-08 which really isn't much different.

It's definitely up to the task. 
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Thanks, I'm all over the board here, I don't know if I'm going with the .260 or the 35whelen,  it will be a last minute descision.  I know the 35Wh. will handle elk, I was looking for reassurance on the .260, which I feel better about now.
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dude load up any 140gr 6.5mm bullet you want and watch em tip over with the high s.d and b.c numbers 6.5mm possess you cant lose, heck even the 130gr tsx or 130gr accubond would do just fine, 140gr swift would work great also.
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