Originally Posted by htp496
Shame Shame Shame....... on the peanut gallery. To each their own, someone on here said it best "magnumitis" There is no substitute for a well placed bullet....not even the baddest .338 plus magnums. Leave this gentleman and girl alone.
I'm so sick of these theological "piling-ons" which I'm sure every member here on "Long Range Hunting" knows all too well. The very similar comments posted about those of us who hunt from 300, 500, 1000 + yards by others who can barely hit a pie plate at 100 yards and believe themselves more ethical. You can argue either side of the "long range" debate the same as this silly business of cartridge size debate. It's stupid, counter productive, and makes us all look like we are dummies.
Sure a 100 yard shot is more sure than a 500 yrd, of course a .308 is more sure than a .243, of course you have to get closer with a bow than you do with a gun... To each their own........ Shame on the pompous arrogant jerks on here.. especially on the comment about beating the guy and girl over the head...
And you doing that^ is what exactly? yes every body has an opinion. and guess what thats a lot of why things like the forums exist, for opinions to be aired debated , and learned from.
I agree whole heartedly with WithRose on this, my first rifle was a 243 I still have it 30years later, and I know what that caliber can do, it has very much earned it's reputation of "Kills better than it should". That being said the game those guys where playing leaves NO room for error, and as we all very well know $&!* happens, if you need to play long range on Elk it's foolish to do what those guys did, hedge your bets a bit in your favor. there plenty of calibers and guns out there that are just a shootable as a 243, but are far more appropriate. What do you suposed would have happened had she muffed the shot, even a little?
My opinion? yup, but it's born of killing plenty of game with a 243, and plenty of game with other calibers. Mind you my 1st deer was the only one that ever asked for a 2nd from that little 243.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.