Yes, you are reading this correctly. Some might tell you that the .243 will simply bounce off a moose’s ribs. Many don’t even take it into consideration for deer. However, it’s another of those quiet cartridges, and a favorite of many Alaska natives, that has put moose down for decades. In fact, it is still the go-to “big” rifle for many. Bullet selection is important: you want one that will hold together and penetrate well. The .243 is more than capable, and a great choice for young, smaller-framed, or recoil-sensitive shooters.