Don't give up on the .243 handgun, just practice practice practice so they say!
So far I've taken one buck, one bear, one badger and a slew alot of jackrabbits and a few coyotes.
It an awesome way to hunt. I got hooked on it when I shot the bear with a Super Redhawk in. 454 cassull at 80 yards. I still hunt with a rifle for Elk at long range, but with a little more practice with the .308 win. Striker I start hunting Elk with it too.
Savage Striker .308win. ss w/muzzle Break, syn. stock, 4-16 rifle scope, w/ .243, 270, and 7mm08 switch barrels. my LR specilty pistol
Rem. 700 VTR .243 my work in progress for LR shooting.
SBH Hunter .44mag w/ Red dot scope
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