Ep 104: Joseph von Benedikt On Elk Hunting Rifles

Today, we’re talking elk rifles. Some elk hunts take place under really demanding conditions, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using a rifle that’s up to the task. Fortunately, Joseph von Benedikt was kind enough to join us again for an in-depth discussion on elk hunting rifles and what sort of characteristics you need to keep in mind when choosing a rifle. 

For that reason, you need to make sure your ammunition is up to the task.

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What We Covered

1) Brief continuation of our discussion on elk hunting bullets in response to a listener question on larger diameter bullets.

2) Story of an elk hunt Joseph experienced that demonstrates the capabilities that a good elk rifle should ideally possess.

3) The most important characteristics he prioritizes when choosing the right rifle for elk hunting.

4) Ideal elk rifle weights for various elk hunting situations as well as the pros and cons of hunting with lighter and heavier rifles.

5) Joseph’s opinions on push vs controlled feed rifles for elk hunting.

6) What you need to know about rifling twist as it relates to choosing a rifle that will do what you ask of it, especially when shooting very long, high BC bullets.

7) Specific elk rifle recommendations.

8) Recommended scopes for elk hunting.


1) Joseph’s Personal Instagram Page

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