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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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30-30 for elk

This is just idle curiosity.

Has anyone here seen an elk hit with a 30-30 or comparable cartridge? I could read up on proper cartridges on the internet, but I thought hearing some first-hand experience could be more interesting.

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I imagine you could,... but shot placement would be critical,.. as would your distance to the elk. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice in weapons to use on em'. sad

A 30-30 would be better off for whitetail or similiar type game. If I HAD no other choice I'd personally limit my yardage to something in the neighborhood of point blank,.. on up to 75 yards.

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Keep shots inside of 100 yards. I do know of one hunter who has used .30-30 a few times on elk. I also have seen elk taken a few times with a .243 and shots in the 100 yard area. Though I don't recommend using these cartridges on elk. There simply is too many better choices out there.

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Hornady's leverevolution cartridges would extend that distance some or if you had a remington 788 or savage 99 you could handload spitzer 165gr pills that would probably do the job, still its not gonna have the umph of a .308 or similar .30 cal but it would do the job under 200 yards.
I did see a red deer that escaped from a farm around here that had been shot with a .30-30 it was as dead as it needed to be.

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jim muir wrote:
Hornady's leverevolution cartridges would extend that distance some or if you had a remington 788 or savage 99 you could handload spitzer 165gr pills that would probably do the job, still its not gonna have the umph of a .308 or similar .30 cal but it would do the job under 200 yards.
I did see a red deer that escaped from a farm around here that had been shot with a .30-30 it was as dead as it needed to be.

Jim,... I'm not sure you caught his intentions,.. He wants to use a 30-30 for ELK, not deer.

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30-30 for elk

I was just wondering.
I'll be out of town again for next year's elk season, so I have no immediate plans. It's interesting because I like using the lightest gun that I can because I don't want a bunch of bloodshot meat, but a 30-30 seems to be right on the line.

Now, I've never used those Leverevolution bullets. How would they help? I've heard that they're accurate, but accuracy isn't much of an issue for me. I prefer hunting tight cover, real close. Should I still check them out?

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Red deer are the same as elk essentialy, possibly slightly bigger.
Would i recomend a .30-30 no, not if you have another rifle available to you but then again plenty of people use bows and they certainly don't have nearly the energy at any point that a .30-30 has at 100 yards
The leverevolution rounds use different powders that cause higher velocities and do to their soft balistic tip are capable of a much flatter trajectory.

I wouldn't want to say the .30-30 is ideal but in the hands of a good rifle man who is going to pass up ANY shot that isn't ideal it would be acceptable but thats my opinion. I don't want to have to travel through time and tell everyone who killed a elk with a .32 special or .30-30 that they didn't use enough gun cause lets face it between 1895 and the end of WWI Those 2 cartridges probably acounted as much game than any other.

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I know someone that must belong to a 30-30 only club and uses it for all of his big game hunting in western Washington. He does very well with that little lever action with open sites. No bells and whistles for this guy.

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jim muir wrote:
Red deer are the same as elk essentialy, possibly slightly bigger.
Would i recomend a .30-30 no, not if you have another rifle available to you but then again plenty of people use bows and they certainly don't have nearly the energy at any point that a .30-30 has at 100 yards
The leverevolution rounds use different powders that cause higher velocities and do to their soft balistic tip are capable of a much flatter trajectory.

I wouldn't want to say the .30-30 is ideal but in the hands of a good rifle man who is going to pass up ANY shot that isn't ideal it would be acceptable but thats my opinion. I don't want to have to travel through time and tell everyone who killed a elk with a .32 special or .30-30 that they didn't use enough gun cause lets face it between 1895 and the end of WWI Those 2 cartridges probably acounted as much game than any other.

I agree. Well said Thumbs up

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30-30 for elk

170 gr nosler partions and the 30/30 is a sweet brush rifle for elk.

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If I were going to create my ideal bush elk/ moose rifle there is a very good chance that i'd try to base it on a .303 lee enfield jungle carbine with iron sights. These rifles are fairly light wieght, very accurate in good condition and quick handling. That or a .38-55 lever action with a 22" barrel or model 7 in 350 rem magnum.