Art Eatman: thank you for your previous comment. you are correct i was not INTENTIONALLY shooting elk with a 45ACP. it was just a split second decision that i made. and as i have read, 45acp is not a ideal cartridge to be using against elk. if i had a choice i would pack a 44 mag, but i dont have access to one so i make do. if the cow would have been any more than 15 yds from me i probably would have taken the time to get my M1 off my shoulder. thanks all for your posts i think i am done with this one. nice pics by the way wish i could find one of those around here!