Originally Posted by chad44
My daughter just drew a mule deer buck and cow elk tag this year. she is small and can only handle a 243. I'm wondering what some good bullets/weights are for that size game. I've always reloaded nosler 70 gr ballistic tips for coyotes and stuff so not sure what to load for elk. was thinking 100 gr something.
I'm glad to see that the 243 is alive and well still! I would recomend shooting a 90gr barnes X bullet with 47gr of IMR 4831 powder. My remington 700 with a 1 in 10 twist likes it. As long as she can place her shot, this cartridge has the ability to stop an elk dead in it's tracks. If your rifle don't like this load, try 100gr Sierra Spitzer boat tail with 42gr of IMR 4831. Good luck and keep her shooting.
You may have to play with these to get the load your rifle likes, all rifles have thier own taste. I would try to keep the shots under 350 yrds.