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Old June 30, 2007, 09:40 AM   #28
Art Eatman
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Seems to me the issue here is NOT about whether or not a .243 will kill an elk. The issue is a hit in the vitals at 535 yards. Vital enough that the elk went only 50 yards and flopped over dead.

IMO, it means a spine or heart hit, plus the animal didn't panic. Those are danged small targets when 535 yards comes into the play. "Close" to either won't do a quick kill, IMO.

Again, my opinion: IF it was indeed 535 yards, and Daddy was there, Daddy ain't strong on hunting ethics about clean kills. Sure, luck is very hard to beat, but depending on luck isn't ethical.

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