I live in NM and agree on Oryx being better than elk, moose or venison. The photo below is one I got on one of Ted Turner's ranches here with a Sako 1968 Finnbear .30-'06. Cool experience, 350,000 acres and I was the only one hunting on it that day. Oryx are much tougher than elk, on their home turf they kill African lions, and my guide in NM said Oryx have been seen with dead mountain lions on their backs/horns. The story goes in Africa lions attack Oryx from the front in the throat area, in North America mountain lions attack on the back and so are an easy target by simply throwing the horns back. Speaking of African animals, I've heard warthog is great, anyone have experience? Have taken two cow elk with my Sako Finnlight 6.5x55, after reading the OP I think I'll take my .30-'06 to an upcoming NM cow elk hunt.