I'm looking for an all around type of gun and Marlin 336 is looking great. Hunting is something that I never did, I'd like to try it and put some meat on the table; I was looking to see if a lever action in 30-30 would be effective for elk. I know it works for deer in the brush but I am considering the environment in western Oregon and how an experienced hunter would see this caliber for elk. I have experience with target shooting but not hunting. 30-30 is effective up to 150-200 yards but how that translates into real life experience with elk?