I started elk hunting a couple of years ago...I'm fortunate enough to have married into a family of elk hunters! My uncle has a cabin and we stay there for 10 days during elk season. Call it beginners luck but both years I've bagged a bull! First year I shot one in the neck with my 270 win and killed in the spot. Last year I hit one broadside while running at 100 yards. I had to track it for 1/4 of a mile before hitting him again in roughly the same spot. Elk are tough critters and when they get their legs under them they can go a long way.
I upgraded to a 338 win mag R1 for this year... I'm already working on getting into shape for this falls hunt! I tend to hike 10+ miles a day and lay awake thinking about bagging another bull.
Elk hunting is by far my favorite thing to do with my free time!