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Old 02-23-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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I watched the vid. on how they preform on a block of gel but has anyone had good results reloading the 85gr TSX or even the 80gr TTSX. I am going to be using them on whitetail mostly but have a trip to Montana this coming season in which i am going to use my 243 on a cow Elk. I know it is a marginal load but i feel confidant in my hunting ability and what not. anyway comments? stories?



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Old 02-23-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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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.



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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
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If you are set on using the 243 for elk then stick with the 100 or 105gr bullets with a better construction.

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any suggestions? also the 105gr i have seen as of yet have been for tac. match

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on the shelf i have already some:
hornady 100gr BTSP--Deer/whatever
hornady sst 95gr-- Deer
sierra gameking 85gr bthp use them for paper/varmits



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