I know we've kicked this idea around a few times in other threads. The forum elk hunt, and a few other things have got me thinking. Specifically, I need to bring a back up rifle. I have my 6.5-284. I think it should be adequate, if it must be pressed into service.
But, it's not exactly a mountain rifle. 26" barrel, plus brake. HEAVY accustock, with adj. comb. It weighs a bit over 11lbs.
So, there are two ways I can go. Buy or build the .338 I've always wanted. Or, get a light rifle, in a minimum cartridge, that could also double as a hunting rifle for my wife. My wife is somewhat recoil sensitive. She does great with my heavy barreled .243, but I don't think her comfort threshold is much above that.
So, what do you think? 7-08? 260? 308? Another, lighter 6.5-284? .280? Other ideas?
What's the minimum cartridge that you would feel comfortable taking moderate distance, well aimed shots at elk with?
Of course, they would be powered with premium handloads.
I know people who've used .243, and 25-06, but I'm not comfortable with those.