My elk rifle is a T/C Encore in .338-06. A super round without the recoil of the .338 Win Mag. For dense timber hunting I use a Ruger #1 in 45-70. Now a days, all my hunting is with a muzzle loader. Per Loyalist Dave, I am now using a Browning Mountain Rifle re-bored to .58 with a slow twist for Patched round ball. Haven't been lucky enough yet to fill a tag using this rifle, but i am sure it will get the job done inside of 75 yards.