Many elk have fallen to the 30-30.
The only time I would recommend the 30-30 unless you were hunting dark timber that would not give you shots of more than 50 yards.
My recommendation would be to go with a cartridge with a bit more energy.
One of the fellas in my group is faced with using a .30-30 for elk this year.
During our scouting trips we are trying to identify areas with heavy cover so that shots will be shorter range. I am also cautioning him to beware of some of those shot placements - essentially, further limiting his range.
We have been experimenting with the Hornady LeverEvolution cartridges. I don't know if they are any more lethal but they are definitly more accurate.
You're going to be really limited in your shot opprotunities with that small of a gun. It's a big enough projectile but at 150 grains its only going between1900 and 2200 fps where a 30-06 shoots the same projectile at more like 2900 fps. If you have someting bigger you'll really want to use it. If not get close and aim well. A marginal shot could be a nightmare with any rifle even more with a 30-30.
How many of you out there keep a journal of your hunting trips or outings? I started to about 20 years ago and then moved them from a journal to a story that I will send out to my friends so that they can enjoy the time as well. I'll aslo put into the journal the scouting trips that go along with the hunts of limited or once in a lifetime hunts.
I have found that if you buy a small notebook that fits into your shirt pocket and take it with you when you head out is the...