Originally Posted by robocop10mm
With proper placement the 85 gr TSX out of a .243 WILL take an animal the size of a cow elk, BUT...I would not consider a midweight bullet in a .243 to be anywhere close to ideal. I would look at the .270 150 gr or better the 7mm 165-175 gr to be a far better choice.
Will it kill? Sure. Is it humane? I doubt it.
As for the caliber issue, a bow has 200ish lbs of energy behind it and a 3 inch or so wound track, with a proper shot and the 100% weight retention of the barnes round i will be fine. also having lived in the area i will be hunting a number of years i have a working knowledge of elk, terain ect... i know it will be a challenge also i am not going to shoot over 200 yds so the round will be traveling really fast at that yardage