So I'll start this with ' I'm a rifle noob :dunno:' So this year I finally got out elk hunting with some friends. I took the rifle my dad handed down to me, '65 Winchester Model64 in 30-06. We were in the coast range and I found that the Winchester was heavy & the scope seemed like it would be a disadvantage if I ever crossed paths with one of the dang beasts moving in all that brush. Two of my buds had Marlin 30-30 lever actions with iron sights only, Model ?? These or something like them seemed to be a better choice for the wet, brush of the Coast. Would love to stay with the 30-06 for common ammunition but like the idea of a lever action. Is there is a 30-06 lever? Or what is your elk gun for the west side? Any suggestions & input would be appreciated.