I have a friend who has been invited to an elk hunt in fall of 2011 (lucky bastage). He asked for my opinion on a all around gun for the hunt. His price range is $1100-1200 for gun and glass. I suggested a 30-06 bolt w/ a synthetic stock and a quality 4*12 or 16 scope. I thought the rifle could be used for both deer and elk, unlike a 338win and using 3006 would allow some money left over to buy practice rounds.
First am I correct in my thinking.
2nd any suggestions on a high quality low price rifle?
3rd scope suggestions (esp. from those who have hunted elk in the mountains).
4th ammo, is 180gr Remington corlok OK or heaver premium better? Is there any info for ammo changes at lower temps and higher altitudes?
He has an old Mongomery Ward beater 3006 that he was thinking to take as backup. Is that over kill?
Thanks for the info!