But to answer the most-asked question-what's my choice for caliber? I've shot a bunch of elk with different calibers, but I have to confess that I'm currently enamored of the new .300 Rem. Short Action Ultra Mag. I have it chambered in my Remington Model 7, and the caliber has impressed me to the point that I keep grabbing the M-7 from the gun case when I go hunting. So far that rifle has accounted for two moose, three bears, a half-dozen deer and, finally, after a lifetime of hunting, it claimed the first elk I'd ever taken with any Remington. I took the bull last year, and he went down so hard I couldn't believe it. So did the moose and bears. The short-action is light enough that it allows easier mobility in rugged terrain and dense vegetation, and its short barrel makes it easy to maneuver in brush.