Its still used here in Utah by older men ( those who know where they hide in the timber) and Teens on the Youth hunt. Now I see more teens using 7mm08 and such. Just like bowhunting in the sense that you have to get close to maximize your weapon of choice. I could have used a 30-30 on the first two cow elk I shot, ( 130 steps on the first one, 200yds on the second but I could have stalked closer on her anyhow) the last one was high up on a ridge in a mob of about 30 head (250yds). Would I advise someone to come out west and use a 30-30 on an elk hunt, not really, unless they just wanted the challenge of course. I've seen people who were frustrated after a few days of humping these hills, end up taking shots they wouldn't normally do...that elk becomes a Holy Grail, ha. Lots of wounded elk result...which no one wants. I think its better if they bring the 30-30 for a second rifle, one they can use if they find the elk in the timber, it will work fine except for the Elmer Keith "Raking Shot". ha I hedged my bet long ago with a 35 Whelen Improved and Barnes X...they will shoot through about anything from any angle! But the 30-30 "package"....that fast, trim levergun...ahhh that's close range wonder!