I agree with you Biff. I've tried to turn every beginner to a 7-08 from a 243. Same case, but so practical and versatile. 308 kicks a bit more but it is also a wonderful choice and it can be loaded down.
I have shot a lot of game with the .243. i have loaded a lot of 243 rounds. i have worn out 2 barrels. knowing its strengths ( accurracy and low recoil) and its weakness ( a little under powered for elk). i would shoot the hornady 100 grain light magnum ammo if i did not reload. i have seen elk killed with a 243. one with my 95 nosler partition handloads and one with 100 grain sierra btsp. both required two rounds at least. for hand loads i would use a 90 or 95 barnes. the nosler partion is the "original " premium bullet ; i don't think they are "tough"; the front half acts like a hornady sx. shoot the elk in the heart and you will have elk steaks. roninflag
This morning I chronographed the 85 Barnes TSX at 3,330 with .5 3 shot group and no pressure. H4350 x 43 grains. Started at 39 grains and got measuable case head expansion at 44 grains. My 15 year old daughter is flinching with her 7-08 and she may have to use this to shoot her bull this year. If it is well placed this bullet will get the job done.