Originally Posted by theodore
That couldn't be any more right. Shot placement and the right bullet selection combination is often misunderstood.
A person recommended tsx or partition for 243s on larger animals. These bullets do penetrate better but the wound channel isn't as large.
I know the 7mm 168vld causes wound channels as large as 18" on elk. Anybody think that elk will recover like some others did? Don't know how large the wound channel gets with a 243 vld.
If the time comes that I have to kill an elk with a 243, it would be with the berger vlds due to excellent penetration and violent expansion. But the problem with the vlds is that they are not consistent for pass through (pretty much a granade goes off inside of the animal) so some hunters go with harder bullets for pass through like tsx and partitions.
Or you could do yourself a favor and get a larger caliber.
Elk are so dang tough!!!!
Its funny to see the topic "are elk easy to kill" -yeah with a cannon
okay, okay, okay they can also die from a headshot with a 22.
A couple of points -
First, I agree with AJ. For deep relaible penetration, the more mass the better. The more the bullet comes apart, the less mass and the less likey it will penetrate and exit, even more so with the smaller weight/cal bullets. That being said, from what I've read in this forum, many members have used explosive bullets with great success. But it's a whole differnt approach to terminal ballistics. I would use a Berger or similar bullet, but only at extended ranges and lower velocities.
Next, a monometal type bullet will have a more blunt frontal area after expansion than a jacketed type bullet like a Partition or AB. The typical mushroom shaped jacketed bullet will be more rounded. The more blunt frontal area will cause more cavitation and temporary/permanent wound channel than a more round frontal area.
In the case of shooting an elk with a 243, I would limit my shots to 100 yds or less and my bullet choice in order would be...
And yup, do yourself and anyone who is hunting with you a favor, and get a larger cal.