I'll make it a trifecta. Use high quality bullets, practice from offhand and sitting positions, and keep your shots within a reasonable distance and you'll be eating elk steaks this Fall. We, as a shooting and hunting community as a whole, get far too bent out-of-shape over what cartridge to use for this or that. Most of the doubt is planted by the manufacturers who want to sell you the latest .300 Short Thunderzapper. I can't really blame them since they're trying to remain in business. But the "latest n' greatest" is never needed. If you do your part as a conscientious hunter, your .308 carbine won't let you down.
Sorry I didn't read this sooner! Without a doubt the .308 Model 7 will work on elk. My father-in-law and I use a 30-06 and .308 (both my rifles!) for hunting in North Idaho. We have been using 165gr Partitions successfully, going to try X-bullets this year just for a change. My .308 is a Rem 700 with the barrel shortened a bit - picture a M7 with a fat barrel!
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