In conversation today with a good friend and experienced hunter, I was told about a 6X6 Bull Elk he had taken recently,(his first) and how far it managed to go before piling up on the ground after being shot. The Caliber was 7MM Mag. (162 GR. Nosler partitions) Two shots had penetrated side to side and taken out both lungs (neither exited the body cavity) and still the animal managed to walk 150 - 200 yards before coming to a "head drooped stand still" in a clearing, where a final shot finished the job.
I suspect the Bull was travelling on shock and adrenaline , for the most part. The hunter commented on how heavy boned the Elk was, the heavy quarters, and how dense the meat. (Compared to moose)
I have never hunted Elk, but have taken both deer and moose with calibers ranging from .243 up to .30-06 and witnessed the internal trauma caused by such calibers.
Would appreciate if a few of you other experienced Elk hunters could relate some of what you've witnessed in the field when hunting Elk.
What kinds of shots you have taken (broad side, quartering, etc.), calibers you used, distances shot, how the animal reacted when hit, what the field dressing revealed about the bullet performance. Would also appreciate hearing your opinion regarding "best all-round" caliber for Elk.