I've read a lot of old threads and have collected some new info and great ideas on top of a lot of common sense and prior experience. I have hunted white tail deer in Minnesota for 20 with great success. 30-30 has been a great brush gun and shot a lot of deer with it, including a 10 pointer out at 300 yards, YES 300 yards. I was 14 and did not really understand some of the ethical practices with shot placement and only shooting with a clean kill shot. It took 5 tries but it went down, basically choked on the bullet after I aimed about 5 feet above its front shoulder from a tree stand. Anyway, I have not seen very many people that use a 7mm Remington mag, or at least none talking about using one. I have no doubt about its ability to kill a black tail, actually too much but also would think it would be a great gun for elk. Flat shooting for ranges around 300 yds or less and enough muscle to travel in some light vegetation if hunting from a portable tree stand in the edge of a tree line. Any reason for this gun not being a popular weapon out here or do I have a wrong assumption about this. Since it is the only hunting rifle I brought with, what size bullet would you recommend for hunting elk. Thanks and looking forward to responses. Also, I am terrified about rattlesnakes. I have been told they are not seen much above 4,500 feet elevation, and that they are not out during hunting season due to temperature. Are these correct and how much do you have to worry about them. Im not really sure where to hunt yet and would like to hunt in areas away from crowds and will plan on hiking in a ways. I have alot of planning and scouting to do, but the dang snakes worry me for scouting during the summer. Am I just a Wuse?