Hey, I have used an 243 alot over the years and have used it mostly on deer and squirles. I know some of you shudder when you hear a 6mm being used on deer but then you are going to really fall over with the question that is to be asked. I use the 87gr. vmax on deer and black bear but am looking for an elk bullet. I was thinking an partition or maybe trophy bonded bear claw. I have never used the bear claws but I have had good luck with the partition. I have seen lots of factory runner soft point stuff kill elk out of a 243. In fact, I know of a few oldtimers that use only a 243 and kill elk every year with them. I dont need a long range load so bcs arent the end of the world. What would you use? Have you ever used the bear claw?