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FWIW, you'll need more than just a scope for a Western Elk hunt, here are some things to think about. I mention this because it can add up to another $600 easily if you don't already have some of the stuff or if you aren't using a guide that provides the shooting stick and rangefinder. I believe WY is one of the states that requires out-of-state hunters to use a licensed outfitter. - You'll need a way to steady the rifle - a rangefinder - and ballistic 'cheatsheets' for wind drift. Precision shooting extended ranges takes practice (read, ammo $$$$ here) ... honing skills to estimate crosswind (mid-range and terminal crosswind is the most important) and finding how much the bullet is affected by crosswind is just as important as having the bullet drop/range. I use a wind speed baseline that gives me a .5 MOA at my zero range (200 yds). That sets 1 MOA at 300 yds, 1.25 MOA at 400 yds, 1.5 MOA at 500 yds, 2 MOA at 600 yds. For my loads, a 6 mph crosswind is the base line ... easy to remember in the field, although I have ballistic cheat sheets attached to the rifle stock. Example: 500 yard shot with a 9 mph estimated crosswind is 1.5 times the 6 mph baseline, which is 1.5 x 1.5 MOA or 2.25 MOA, or just over one 'tick' on the Swaro 4W reticule, which is about 11"~12" offset. You can print cheatsheets from Hornady's ballistic calculator using the advanced mode. The cheatsheets are a starting point for practice on the range, and should be modified by range results. http://www.hornady.com/ballistics-resource/ballistics-calculator I use a Primos Trigger Stick tripod to steady the rifle...I got tired of looking for a handy tree or grabbing a handful of brush. Some guys like a bi-pod on the rifle, I like the Trigger Stick tri-pod because I can mount my camera for the all important selfie, steady my rangefinder or binoculars, and use it as a walking stick. At 600 yds, holding a rangefinder on an elk to get the range is almost impossible offhand. I use a Leupold RX-1000 TBR, which computes range for up/downhill shots. Although it will only range elk to about 450 yds, by ranging on nearby rock formations, etc., it can get out to 600 yds. If an Elk can't be ranged at those distances, taking a shot is mostly a Hail Mary proposition because of the bullet drop...about 3" every 10 yds. Finally, finding the right bullet takes some research. Don't underestimate the importance of this ... a 'good' bull can take a .30 cal hit and not miss a step, they are a very tough animal to bring down. You'll need a bullet that with satisfactory terminal performance from 2500 fps down to 1800 fps. Some popular bullets perform great at 2500 fps to 2300 fps, but only punch clean holes at 1800 fps. You'll want a bullet that doesn't 'blow up' at 2500 fps, yet still has good expansion at 1800 fps. Lots of good bullet info found by browsing this website. http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.30-06+Springfield.html Hope this helps ...
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