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Old June 30, 2007, 09:51 AM   #29
Fremmer
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The light weight of the .243 round is an issue, especially if it hits a thick elk bone at 500 yards. A heavier round is more likely to break through that bone and penetrate to finish the job. I know that premium bullets will help, but I'd still prefer a heavier round for that distance and animal.

The kid got lucky that the .243 round didn't hit a shoulder bone and fail to penetrate. Think they'd show hours of tracking a wounded elk on the television show? I doubt it.

Anyway, congratulations to the kid, everything (luckily) turned out well. He'll have a heck of a story to tell his friends!

Last edited by Fremmer; June 30, 2007 at 09:56 AM. Reason: Realized that I was agreeing with Art's last post.
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