Elk - Arrowflinger

I have been shooting a PSA V the last 3 seasons. It is 46 pounds at my 27 inch draw length. I am planning on a DIY elk hunt this fall. My arrows are Goldtip 3555 with 100 grain insert and 125 grain 2 blade Magnus Stinger. Arrow weight is 466 grains. I feel like I have enough bow to do the job. I am just looking for opinions. I know several guys on this site have killed elk with bows weights in the 40's. The Widow boys also told me I have plenty of bow for elk. Just looking for input. Thanks, Arrowflinger

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Scoutt
February 11th, 2013 07:02:22pm
Arrowflinger, I shot this bull in Colorado last fall with my PMAX . I am shooting 52@28 but my draw is only 27". I am shooting GT 3555's , 28" long. I use a 50 gr insert w Woodsman 150s. I believe my total arrow weight was around 480gr. I got a complete pass thru on this bull at 20 yds. I would bet that your setup is perfectly fine. Shot placement is the key. Good luck on your hunt!

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Buckshotap
February 12th, 2013 06:02:26pm

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Called in a big 5x5 to 25 yds last season in CO. He was steady looking through me so I couldn't draw. Turned & went to my left. Shot at him at about 30 yds. Based on that shot, you should have enough bow to stick a limb real good as I did! 3 yrs.,10 weeks of hunting & one stick in the skillet! Needed a caller behind me. Partner up if you can for a better chance for a good close shot. Can never tell if it's a zero or the letter o in this code box. I'll try zero & hope that it's right.

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Buckshotap
February 12th, 2013 06:02:28pm

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What state are you going to hunt? My friend in CO tells me the 2013 season will include the last week in Sept. this yr.. That's good because there has been little bugling where we hunt the last 3 yrs. Seemed like they were just starting to get worked up at the end of season. The elk I mentioned above was at the end. He took about 30 min. with a grunt here & there & one bugle to come.

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Roy
February 12th, 2013 11:02:32pm

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wishing you confidence and happy memories! Enjoy the hunt!

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Hcarson
May 7th, 2013 01:05:46pm
I killed this 6x6 bull in CO last year on a DIY public land hunt on the second morning. I was shooting a PSAIII 50#@29" with 28" 2413 aluminum shafts tipped with 175gr Zwicket Delta 4 blade. He was 14yds away queartering away from me hard and I buried my arrow up to the feathers. I would personally be hesitant about shooting long distance with that poundage but I think 25yds and under you should be fine. Definitely make sure you tell yourself to come to full draw! lol I had people telling me I was crazy for driving from Louisiana to hunt elk in CO with a 50# recurve. Just practice a lot, make sure you pick a spot, and keep it off that shoulder blade. Good luck! It can definitely be done!

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John Whitten
May 20th, 2013 01:05:26pm
yes you can kill a elk with that set up put it in the right spot! killed a 6x6 in 2011 with 53@ 26 550grain arrow

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John Whitten
May 20th, 2013 03:05:27pm
Harm what did your bull score? looks like a good one

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Hcarson
May 24th, 2013 12:05:43pm
I am still waiting to get him scored officially. I just now finished mounting him yesterday in fact(pic below). I scored him right after the hunt and if I remember correctly he would just barely make P&Y. He grossed around 300 and netted right at 261. His brows weren't real symmetrical so that kiled my score. I'd love for him to make P&Y but if not I don't care. I'm thrilled with my bull and proud that I did it with a recurve. What does yours score? It's a pretty bull too.

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John Whitten
May 28th, 2013 04:05:29pm
harm, thats a great looking mount. mine scored 273, P&Y sent me a neat certificate in the mail. i framed it and hung it on the wall in my man cave!. got the it euro mounted. i enjoyed your youtube video of the hunt

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Hcarson
June 3rd, 2013 08:06:27am
Nice! Congrats on it being P&Y and with a recurve too. Very cool. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I hate the lighting was bad and you cant see detail very good. I try to video all my hunts. I drew mulie tags this year so hopefully I'll post a new video in september.

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Pete B.
June 4th, 2013 08:06:44pm
Interesting discussion. I'm trying to tune a Carbon Express 250 bare shaft for my PSA 52# @ 27". They seem too flexible (nock left) when I use 145 or 175 grain points, even as I've cut the test shaft down to 28.5 in. My old 2216s with 125 grn field tips seem to work pretty well. What am I missing? I'm also trying to keep the weight up around 10 gpp.

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Bill Kissner
June 4th, 2013 09:06:00pm
Sorry to disagree but 46#@27 is very marginal for elk in my opinion. It is heavy enough for a perfect shot but we all know perfect shots are sometimes elusive. You have plenty of time to acquire a heavier set of limbs before the season.

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Pete B.
June 5th, 2013 01:06:56pm
What do you consider a minimum draw weight for Elk?

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Bill Kissner
June 5th, 2013 07:06:51pm
I personally would not hunt elk with less than a 50 pound bow. Even then I would use a small profile broadhead such as a Tuffhead or Grizzly. The 27 inch draw makes 46 pounds even more marginal. Pete, I would think the CE 250's would be plenty heavy for your 52 pound bow. I have the same shafts cut to 29 and 1/2 inches with 250 grains up front shooting a 60 pound PCHX. If anything I would think they would be too stiff.

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Pete B.
June 5th, 2013 09:06:30pm
Bill, thanks. I would think so too. Maybe I'm not just not watching the bare shaft correctly, but it sure seems to go nock left. I'd really like to be able to go to 175 grains up front in order to get me to 10+ gpp. Maybe I'll have my son watch next time - he has really good eyes.

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Pete B.
June 7th, 2013 11:06:08am
I keep trying to cut the test shaft shorter and it's still nock left, even with 145 grains up front.
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