Been about to die with a stomach bug, gets boring laying on the couch and I've done some bored pondering on my FIL's elk hunt. Figured I'd throw this out for discussion. Choice #1 My FIL's pride and joy Ruger M77 .280 All Weather heavy barrel, Leupold 3x9. The only load I'm familiar with for this one is 150 grain ballistic tips that are devastating on deer and very accurate. He's easily killed deer at 200+ in years past. Heaviest out of the three. Choice #2 My sporterized Mosin Nagant, 7.62mm, Bushnell Elite 3x9. I've seen loads up to 203 grain in off brand ammo. I've shot 150 and 180 grain with great results out to 125 yards. Havnt shot it beyond that. Choice #3 My dads 700 7mm-08. Vortex 4x12, Not familiar with all available loads for it either. Lightest of the three but doesn't kick. You hear a bang, litte tap on the shoulder, that's pretty much it. Shot it to 200 with 150gr Hornady. Very accurate. so just for bored discussion, between these three which rifle/load would you suggest? It's almost gauranteed he'll want (me) to carry his Ruger, but I was wonderin from a ballistic standpoint if one would be better than another. Shot probably won't be over 100 yards, and really would like to get as close as possible. He's been a welder all his life and his eyes aren't what they used to be so we'll take any advantage we can get.