Exactly as I figured! Neither of you have hunted elk and are talking how great the .243 is on deer, which I agree 100%. However, you cannot equate an animal like an elk or moose that is several times and more the body size of a deer! I have a .243 Sako that's a tack driver, as well as a MOA Ruger 25-06 and they are both great for animals up through deer-sized game. However, they both stay in the safes and the 30-06s go on all the elk hunts
. Why handicap yourself with a caliber that was not made for an animal the size of an elk or moose and risk a wounding shot and a lost animal?! The blur and his opposing view about a 30-06 or slug and an animal running for miles is a lame one because they won't go far, if anywhere, when hit through the vitals. A bad hit with them just because they're bigger doesn't mean the animal will be DRT!