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I am new to rifle hunting and a friend of mine told me that I could bring down an elk with a 30:30. I had mentioned to him that

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  • I am new to rifle hunting and a friend of mine told me that I could bring down an elk with a 30:30. I had mentioned to him that

    I am new to rifle hunting and a friend of mine told me that I could bring down an elk with a 30:30. I had mentioned to him that I was gonna get one for deer hunting and was wandering if it is true. that you could in fact bring down an elk with a 30:30.

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    Your question is more hypothetical. The answer is yes, you can kill an elk with a 30:30. You can "reasonably" kill anything with any caliber. I'm not talking elephant with 17 HMR. In an emergency, a firearm is better than a rock. Would an experienced hunter use a 30:30 for an elk hunt?
    NO. Distance, power, trajectory must be taken into consideration: along with the terrain and weather conditions.

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    • #3
      yes you can easily take down an elk witha 30-30 but only under good circumstances range the shot placement will greatly affect this but with a good shot and the distance being around 100 yards i would not be afraid to shoot an elk

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      • #4
        With the factory 170 grain bullet, the 30-30 would be a borderline cartridge for elk at close range. I would not choose the 30-30 for elk hunting, but if I were hunting deer with a 30-30, and a standing broadside shot at an elk presented itself at 50 yards or so, I would not hesitate to shoot.

        Personally, I would prefer a more powerful caliber such as the .270 Win., .280 Rem., or .30/06 for elk hunting. I don't care much for the newer short magnum calibers.

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        • #5
          The 25-06 is the smallest cartridge recommended for Elk and the 30-30 fits in fine!

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          • #6
            Try using the .30/30win Nosler Partions rounds from Federal in 170 Grains at a maximum range of 100 Yards or Less with a well placed first-shot and a follow-up shot(s) when needed(if the first-shot only wounds the Elk try to get in a second or third if possible!) One should be enough. If you miss the Elk entirely, don't attempt any follow-ups'! You may just end up only wounding it with one hit. Always Hit'em the first time broadsided and standing still, Then if needed "follow-ups'". Can't go wrong with that plan!

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            • #7
              yes a dirty 30 will work depending on the range the only thing im sure all of us would ask of you is dont take a long shot at a elk with it because it may only wound it and im sure you dont wanna do that. just a quick question though why would you choose a 30-30 over a 270 or a 30-06? or any other cal? well good luck to you and hope you make the shot count.

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              • #8
                Hit anything in the vitals and it will go down. One guy on hear was talking about using a .270 for caribou. 30-30 could definitly take an Elk but as many others said you have to take all the factors into account, such as placement, wind, range and etc.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Crusty OL NCO View Post
                  The 25-06 is the smallest cartridge recommended for Elk and the 30-30 fits in fine!
                  A big yes. Seen numerous bulls and cows go down with 180 grain lead cast bullets fired from the 30-30. I have been hunting elk for over 30 years and nearly all that time with a .25-06 Practice with your rifle, keep the distance less than 200 yards and that 30-30 will fill your freezer with elk, deer, moose as well as keeping coyotes and bears off your property !

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                  • #10
                    A big yes. Seen numerous bulls and cows go down with 180 grain lead cast bullets fired from the 30-30. I have been hunting elk for over 30 years and nearly all that time with a .25-06 Practice with your rifle, keep the distance less than 200 yards and that 30-30 will fill your freezer with elk, deer, moose as well as keeping coyotes and bears off your property !

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