IS the 30.30 adequate for elk
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Sat, 2005-12-10 00:19
Sun, 2005-12-11 20:49#1
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.
Mon, 2005-12-12 10:11#2
The .30-30 is fine for elk so long as you respect its range limitations.
Wed, 2005-12-14 12:38#3
The 30-30 Win has killed and wounded a lot of elk over the years - just like numerous other caliers.
While it isn't my first choice, I have seen several clean kills from hunters using Federal 170-gr. Partitions, which performed adequately unter 180 yards.
Thu, 2006-01-12 21:55#4
If you could get a bigger gun 30-30 is a nice gun but respect a good kill for the animal.
Tue, 2006-09-19 21:14#5
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.
Tue, 2006-09-19 23:47#6
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.