Hey there, new to forums.. Figured I'd just start off with a post.. I'm from northern California area, but I have a ranch out in Idaho, and have started to go out of state to hunt. I've never been a huge elk hunter, but I'm in the market for a new gun. I'm torn between a .300 RUM and 7mm RUM, and I've been heavily leaning towards the 7mm RUM round. Just wondering if you guys think this is an acceptable round to take an elk upto 500 yards if I had to, or what would be an effective range to take an elk with a 160 grain 7mm RUM round. While I have some doubts in my mind, the only other time i've taken elk have been on special hunts here at close range with my .308 and 165 grain bullets. I do realize the 7mm is vastly more powerful, but I'm hoping it will do the trick at long range before I spend the money on the gun. Thanks for any responses in advance!