It easily and RELIABLY kills far heavier game than that. Shot placement is key. I've taken several moose and elk over the years with it. But yes, it's ideally made for deer size game and smaller, and it does an amazing job at it!
@Forrest HalleyWell Bob,
When people are shooting a 6mm they really aren't afraid of what's on the receiving end. Besides if anyone gets to hunt Australia, if you get in trouble you can always say something bad about a 35 Whelen and Bob will pop out of the bushes to defend it and you can catch a ride back with him. I like the diameter of the bullets. I happen to have a .243. It has bigger siblings. I will prevail.
As far as a rifle purchase being stupid, wrong guy. Last rifle I bought was a brand new caliber and I had the ammunition 2 weeks ahead of the rifle.
@larry4831I love the 243, I killed a lot of deer with that caliber. But what hurt the six MM is when it first came out they used the wrong twist rate. It would only stabilize light bullets. Bullets of 100 grains would not stabilize with the twists they use. I believe it was called the 244 and they brought it out again as the six MM but it was too late.
Young Mr Halley. No rifle purchase is stupid. On the other hand some choices ill informed, or unwise. If someone wants to buy and heaven forbid use a 243 them for the love of god match the bullet to the game. So many people don't do this and turn a halfway useful cartridge into a hopeless cartridge.
You may say all the bad things you like about the Whelen, I don't need to defend it. The intelligentsia of the hunting world understand it's benefits over many others but don't bemoan or belittle anyone who owns something else. All we intelligentsia can hope to do is educate the uneducated.
By the way I am a 25 cal fan as well. There ain't no flies on a 25 cal 100grain TTSX @3,600+fps or a 115gn nosler combined technology silver tip @ 3,350+fps and that's out of a non magnum. I don't see many 6mms doing that. Oh that's right they can't.
Just curious as to what you did buy that you had to wait for the ammo for, you have me interested.
You are one of my favorite people on the forum. I thoroughly enjoy your support of the .35 Whelen and my comment was in jest. Although quite ludicrous, I firmly believe that I could find you in a crowd if I but uttered the words, "I think I'll trade my .35 Whelen in for a .243." Haha.
The rifle that came after the ammunition was my treasured and revered .458 Lott. When Nosler had a sale on their ammunition at normal prices, I bought several hundred dollars worth. I then scoured the world looking for a Lott. I found one tucked away and bought on the spot. It was quite silly really. I was either going to end up with a Ruger No. 1 or a MRC bolt action. I lucked into the Ruger and here I have been since.
Hahaha! Kind of you to inquire sir! She is very happy and excited despite the morning sickness. I have ambition of teaching her to appreciate a rifle with a .243 as soon as possible. She is an AR heathen and believes that is a rifle. If she cannot be converted, I will have to make arrangements for a youth model rifle to teach the impending youngster the joys of riflery before he can be corrupted by his mother.@Forrest Halley
I know it was in jest mate. If'n you did trade a Whelen for a 243 I would stand beside you thru your counselling sessions and make sure they were giving you the right medications for your lack of judgement.
If'n you traded the Whelen for a Lott I could understand.
How's Mrs Halley going with the new present for you.
Hopefully you are all keeping well.
Hahaha! Kind of you to inquire sir! She is very happy and excited despite the morning sickness. I have ambition of teaching her to appreciate a rifle with a .243 as soon as possible. She is an AR heathen and believes that is a rifle. If she cannot be converted, I will have to make arrangements for a youth model rifle to teach the impending youngster the joys of riflery before he can be corrupted by his mother.
Bob N.......the velocities you quote are almost exactly what I got with my 243.......quite a bit below many advertised loads.......in fact, it killed deer and antelope so well I thought it was blistering fast.....but when I got my first chronograph, my load of IMR 4350 driving a 105 grainer was about 2680, and a 100 grainer was 2780. ....so I see your point...........................FWB
@coloradoI had a Rem 700 BDL in 243. I hunted deer, elk and black bear with it. My pet load was IMR 4350 and a 105g Speer spitzer. Got 3000 fps out of it. Loved that rifle. Didn't move up to a 270 until I started guiding, and was glad I did. Too many grizzlies in the Bob Marshal back then to be carrying a 243