...My shooting skills that is. Noob to the field of hunting and long range shooting. This is really my first year with my own rig and doing some hunting here in Idaho. I was lucky enough to have a great hunting partner and tagged out this year with my first small buck and bull elk. In any case, I have a Savage 116 .30-06 (the Trophy XP package from Cabelas) using a Nikon 3-9x40. I was able to take both deer and elk at just about 150 yds. I can put rounds in a pretty good area at 200 yds. I am using (currently) Rem 165 grain core lokt rounds. I think my task this year is to bump up my scope to maybe a 4-14x50 or somewhere close, and hoping to stretch my shots somewhere near 500 yds and be confident. 300 yards should be my "I can do that no problem" range. 200 yds to zero in. If I can land a bigger scope, and bump up my grain to a 180 ( I heard there is a 220?) Is my Savage .30-06 capable enough to take down a mature elk at, lets just play pretend here, 400-500 yards with a well placed shot? I know various factors play into it like "the shooter" and geo elements...but I just want to know if what I have is enough to harvest at that range... I dont want to invest the time or money if a .30-06 cant get it done. thanks all.