almost got the required stag cull finished this weekend, only 3 off the mark so good enough. Some weather in argyll this weekend!!! sadly it was so poor visibility all Saturday was almost a write off, but despite the weather, managed to cull a spiker, a small 6 pointer, and two yearling button buck/stags that were still in velvet at only around 2-3" - very poor animals those two.
Another 2 similar button stags with velvet and a few more spikers I would have loved to get my hands on before the end of the season, but alas, weather just didn't permit and stole half of my available days for the cull this year.
Not to tread on old sensitive threads, but the .243 once again underperformed on the hill stags. I found they dropped more slowly, making consecutive culls almost impossible as you needed to keep watching the first beast to ensure it dropped before placing a shot on a second cull beast.
Coincidentally, a 175 yd shot in a very swift crosswind (very good shot may I add), incurred a measured 7" drift, resulting a a slight gut shot, and requiring a follow up shot. Again, the light .243 bullet not helping buck the wind.
All in all, given the conditions over the last few weekends, a good result with only 3 beasts short of the desired cull number, but with a larger caliber, dropping the stags faster and with more authority, and will less drift issues to deal with, I am convinced I would have been able to take more animals from the groups, once again in my book confirming that there's no place for a .243 on the hill, it really is too small. I have given it a number of seasons now with the .243, and can compare post-shot behaviour to having used the Swede (and stalked with Swede users) and also long ago a .30-06, and I can with confidence and oberservation say that the .243 simply does NOT deliver equally effective terminal performance to larger calibers.