Yosemite Sam wrote:
Thanks for the responses, and not taking me to task for "going out undergunned". I wouldn't do that, that's why I'm asking.
The "rainbow trajectory" comment was what I was wondering about, though I was thinking the .45 Colt might be more subject to it, especially on longer shots. It makes sense that the .30/30 would be somewhat flatter.
Of course I'm going to check the types of terrain available for this endeavor and figure that in, too. Ideally I'd have a .270 as minimum, up to a .308, .30-06, or 7mm mag for a dedicated Elk rifle, but I'm looking for something that will suit me for general purpose, too. Heck, I have a .243, but it weighs 12.x lbs in a pseudo bench stock (Savage 12BVSS), and I don't see me lugging that around the outback.
Sounds like I may just need to pick up the .45 Colt gun, load for it, and see how they compare at the target range...
Maybe that's the next question: Which is more versatile between the two? I'm thinking a .45 Trapper sized gun would be fun, if nothing else.
Where do you hunt, Sam... or where might you hunt? If its heavy brush and close in shots I'd go with the trapper in 45 Colt.
But if you need distance for your shots on elk - like over 200 yards - I've gone with the 338-06 for an elk rifle. I found a Savage that had been rechambered/rebarreled and it shoots great. You need to reload for the 338-06, but you need to reload for the 45 Colt and 45-70 too.
Guys give me grief for not going with the 338 Win Mag, but full power 338 Win Mag just isn't needed for elk, and the recoil steps up exponentially. Most of the guys I know who load for the 338 Win Mag download it to 338-06 power levels anyway.