Ok so a little about me first. I was an outfitter in OR for 6yrs for Upland, waterfowl, deer, and elk. I have wittnessed big game animals taken with just about every range of caliber (from .223 to 30-378) some taken cleanly some not. I like most have had the campfire chat about caliber and usefullness eithics and respect for the game. This is just an fyi to show background and expierence. Ok so the one burning question that I seem to harbor is this: (Now please dont take this as me taking a shot at someone or me thinking I am right and everyone else is wrong cause I really dont know the answer.) Well, anyway here goes. Why do so many people seem to have the thought process that in order to take an animal of elk size that you have to use a large caliber? IE. if you are going to go elk hunting you should go into the field with no less than a large .30 round. And if you are really out to take care of business you should be using a .338 or bigger? I have a couple examples to compare for this question.. Early in this last century the 30-30 killed as many big game animals as any other cal. I have witnessed a .270 kill with one shot no less than 10 bull elk. I have read in the book "the alaska wollf man" that he killed moose, cariboo, wolves, and dall sheep with one shot with as small as a .220 swift. It is legal to take elk with as light as a #40 bow. So why is it that when a firearm is involved it seems so many think that a large cal bullet is all that is ethical.. To be continued so as this post doesnt get too long to read.