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.243 Win perfect for elk

Old 06-29-2014, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by homers brother
isn't the sufficiency of ANY caliber for ANY game, it's how critical your marksmanship abilities are once you find your animal. It's not a matter of what gear you can buy, but the skills you've developed.
Sound wisdom there. I don't think the above statement can either be argued or improved on.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by flags
Sound wisdom there. I don't think the above statement can either be argued or improved on.
Got you message and we're cool as always. I made several errors in making posts yesterday regarding yours and Homers because I was trying to watch baseball on TV and read/write on this thread at the same time. At my age I think I'm going to have to stick to one thing at a time, LOL!
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:22 PM
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Great Discussion you have shared....
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:41 AM
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Any factory loads for .243 Elk ?? I'd like to buy something off the shelf. I'm not a reloader.

And yes, I am proficient with my .243. Deer usually just fall over, with cheap 100gr factory loads.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:02 PM
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There are no factory loads or any reloads that are considered elk loads or didn't you read this thread!!! Just because you kill deer with you .243 and they fall over doesn't mean it will happen like that with an elk that can weigh 500# to 800#+. Have you even hunted elk to see how big they are? The best you can do is look for a good bonded bullet, but if you have a bigger rifle please use it and leave the .243 for antelope and deer!
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by the blur
Any factory loads for .243 Elk ?? I'd like to buy something off the shelf. I'm not a reloader.

And yes, I am proficient with my .243. Deer usually just fall over, with cheap 100gr factory loads.
There's a few guys that posted in this thread that have killed elk w/ a 243. Asked them what bullets they used.

Premium bullets like Nosler Partitions & Barnes TTSX are available from the factory from a couple of different manufactures.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:56 AM
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I have no doubt a .243 will kill a deer but I wouldn't consider it even marginal for elk.I loaded 90 accubonds in my son's .243 in front of 42.5 gr of H4350.We killed 4 deer with that load last year and only got a complete passthrough one time.The deer all died but there's a huge difference between a 100lb whitetail and a 800lb elk with heavy bones.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Gadd Zooks
Is anyone here familar with the .243 Win and its use to hunt elk with. With the recent development in premium bullets now available, isn't it time that we rethink this excellent little cartridge?

If I remember correctly, the late Bob Milek used the lowly .25-06 for his elk hunting.
Absolutely.

Much like a .25 Auto is the ideal personal defense handgun.

In skilled hands it will get the job done.

Reality check in order here.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by the blur
Any factory loads for .243 Elk ?? I'd like to buy something off the shelf. I'm not a reloader.

And yes, I am proficient with my .243. Deer usually just fall over, with cheap 100gr factory loads.
I wasn't a reloader when I hunted elk with a .243, either. 100gr CoreLokts in the green-and-yellow box. I use 180gr, 250gr, and sometimes even 300gr bullets on elk today because I can. But if all I had were a .243 again, you're darn right I'd be elk hunting with it.

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Old 07-31-2014, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by rob1
I have to agree with everyone. Anything that I use to shoot Groundhogs with, I am not going to hunt an Elk with! I'll stick to my 300 Win. mag or the ole 338!
crap, since I have used my .338 WM to hunt coyotes and groundhogs, does this mean I can no longer use it on elk..
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