I have several hunting rifles I use for whitetail. A .243 Win, 7mm-08 and now a 30-30. I haven't taken a deer with the 30-30 as I just got it a few weeks ago but we all know it is certainly capable. The others have served me well. I am planning to hunt elk in Montana at some point in the near future and don't feel I have the right gun for this yet. The .243 is definitely out. There are some who feel it is underpowered for deer although I disagree based on my experience with it. The 30-30 could take one at the right distance but I want a little more rifle than that. That leaves my 7mm-08. My father-in-law says its plenty of gun. I love the ballistics and know the 7mm bullet would perform well but is it powerful enough to use effectively on elk? I would like to aquire a "larger" caliber hunting rifle soon anyway, say a .308, .270 or 7mm Mag. The new WSM's have sparked my interest as well. So what do you think? Is it time to step up a bit or is the 7mm-08 enough?