The .243 is a wonderful round! I used one as a kid to hunt Whitetails in Wisconsin. Light recoil, flat shooter, fairly hi velocity. Excellent round. Easy to reload also. By the way, though I wouldn't recommend it Karamojo Bell, used the round to hunt elephants and was extremely successful with it. Bell was a Great White Hunter in Africa last century. He was an excellent shot by the way. Many of the elephants he took were a result of thinning the elephant herd for the local government. There are many books available about this guy that make for pretty good reading. You should have bought that rifle!