Re: Reality check, please..
I'd say one reason is the cost of reloading it would be cheap, does the job well... some maybe better but, still well, it's the perfect in between caliber for dual purpose. I got my daughter the 243 win for moose... go figure. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] She won't be taking one at 800 yards though, more like 100-200 yds is all. Works perfect for everything else smaller that doesn't hibernate all winter either... and that's arguable too.
I'd take a 6.5 WSM too, either one... It'sa wildcat but, Redding has dies and reamers are available for rent too, although ammo isn't on the shelf for it... yet. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The 243 will be cheaper to load for though.
If I *needed* a rifle to do both, I'd get the one that fit the primary purpose best, the secondary, next best... FWIW