Jim, My experience with the Ruger No. 1 is that it's a very fussy and erratic rifle. I've seen some that shoot extremely well, but usually they've been to the gunsmith before they would do it. As for the .325, it's way too much for mule deer, but just about right for elk. Its only drawback as an elk round is that once in a while you get a long shot at an elk, and unless your .325 will shoot 200-grain bullets accurately, it can be a problem at long distances.