Re: How far to kill an elk with a .243?
You know all of this can be said of 300 Win at 1200 yards or a 338 Lapua 1600 yards, every caliber has it's range your pushing it and yourself. I've seen dozens of elk easily and cleanly taken with a 243, energy means bumpkis when you drive a bullet through both it's lungs and make a couple inch hole in them, that's all we do at longer range with larger cal same goes for smaller cals at closer ranges.
In the dozens of hunters I see a year take elk I see more issues with guys packing magnums that they can't handle that guys with deer rifle that they can shoot blind folded, give my a guy with a worn out 243 any day over a guy with a shiny new magnum!!!!
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