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Old 09-15-2013, 07:00 AM
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I used a .243 for years on coyotes. It worked really good.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Muley Hunter
I used a .243 for years on coyotes. It worked really good.
Maybe on those itty bitty little CO song dogs it works.
The big coyotes up here require at least a 150 grain bullet.
Yuk yuk

And nothing less than a 200 grain will kill an elk.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:26 PM
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We can hit smaller targets here.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bullcamp82834
I think that someone who lives in elk country takes a more relaxed approach
You can be as relaxed as you want but if you have a great bull at 300 yards, the 243 is not the right tool for the job! The season is only so many days!
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Luckydog
You can be as relaxed as you want but if you have a great bull at 300 yards, the 243 is not the right tool for the job! The season is only so many days!
Who is relaxed?
I use a 7 mag and will take pretty much any high percentage shot that presents itself. I was just relating what I see by hanging around with the dudes around here.

The 243 gets used a lot and with pretty good result.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Luckydog
You can be as relaxed as you want but if you have a great bull at 300 yards, the 243 is not the right tool for the job! The season is only so many days!
Who is relaxed?
I use a 7 mag and will take pretty much any high percentage shot that presents itself. I was just relating what I see by hanging around with the dudes around here.

The 243 gets used a lot and with pretty good result.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:13 PM
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All you can hope is that anybody using a .243 knows it's limits, and is a good shot.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by homers brother
Always just a matter of time before someone will chime in that the .243 is for people who "can't handle" or "can't tolerate" recoil.
The 243 is great for women, kids or anyone who is okay with keeping their shots at very close distances. IT IS NOT THE BEST CHOICE FOR THE AVERAGE JOE GOING ON HIS ONE WEEK ELK HUNT!

You would argue with your own Mom and then make up a bull sh*# story to prove her wrong!
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bullcamp82834
The 243 gets used a lot and with pretty good result.
It doesn't get used a lot. It gets used a little. Like I said, I have never seen anyone using a .243 in 20 years of hunting elk. I('ve heard stories and I even know friends that their kids and wives use them. I have never seen one in all of the hunting camps I have visited or been a part of.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Luckydog
It doesn't get used a lot. It gets used a little. Like I said, I have never seen anyone using a .243 in 20 years of hunting elk. I('ve heard stories and I even know friends that their kids and wives use them. I have never seen one in all of the hunting camps I have visited or been a part of.
OK, then you are qualified to speak about your experiences, but not mine.

You are shooting the messenger here. I have seen people use 243s on elk. I have never and would never use such a light caliber for this purpose myself. I don't even use it for deer.
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