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How far to kill an elk with a .243?

 
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 AM
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

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I know the thread is getting long in the tooth, but, I find it amazing how much credit some give to a 264 of some type or the cats meow a 284 diameter something or other. A 264 is just a half mm larger and the 284 is a whopping full mm larger. The bullet design and velocity combined with weight when placed in the right place is the secret of success in taking animals. Would I use the 243 probably not but I wouldn't use the 7mikemike either. My preference would be probably a 308 or '06 with a Berger 178 vld. Just my opinion. Regardless, it was a good shot!
Try comparing energy between those calibers using the top weight ranges of high SD/BC bullets and you'll probably pretty quickly understand why they perform so much better.
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I don't care how much you practice or how good or lucky you are. There is a live animal at the end of that shot. So Ethics should be your number one thought. Can I eithically kill the animal at this range with this round??? Yup she did. Sure was stupid though. Anything could have gone wrong. And had it gone wrong. Then it would have been a black eye on the entire long range hunting community.
If you wish to discuss the ethics of long range hunting you need to find another site to do it on.

Len's house, Len's Rules, that's not a subject we discuss here.
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

Many a Moose and Bear were taken with the 30-30 At the right distance and with a person that is confident with the Rifle that they are shooting ...................Good bullet good placement. I tend to lean towards the guy that is a savy hunter rather than the guy that can shoot at long distance. They usually dont run together so with that in mind ......................Id bet on the guy with the .243
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:51 PM
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

I would be willing to bet you that the calibers that have probably killed the most animals in history would be a very close guess between the .30-30Win, and the .45-70 Gov't.

I like to be both the saavy hunter and the LR freak. You can be both, it just takes alot of years of hunting, practice, and skill-honing.
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The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:00 AM
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

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I like to be both the saavy hunter and the LR freak. You can be both, it just takes alot of years of hunting, practice, and skill-honing.

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thing most folks have no idea about is LRH takes way more effort, than spot and stalk. Hell even after you get your shooting system lined out.
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

Can you kill a elk with a .243?? Of course. Is it a good idea?? No , A .243 isn't even a good 200 yard elk rifle.. The energy at long range is pathetic.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:42 PM
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Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?

There have been quite a few responses questioning whether using a .243 was a good choice some even questioning it ethically. I do not question whether the rifle can do the job assuming everything goes well but what I do struggle with is having the ability to effectively track this animal if a shot with a .243 was high in the shoulder which most likely would mean there would not be much of a blood trail. First they have to hike almost 700 yards over a lot of elevation change just to get to where the animal was hit and then you have to hope you can track it....this is where my questions begin....
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