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Postby macdaddykeefer » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:29 pm

i'm thinkin of gettin a 243 to target shoot with and maybe hunt some deer here in sc wid (150lb is a BIG deer here) my question is will a 95 grain bullet be big enough to handle it? i know alotta people hunt with 243's but i'm worried bout effective range...
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Postby MissedAgain » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:04 pm

MacD!

My rifle history includes 25-06, 30-30 and 30-06 (all are gone). That being said, I have a Browning Lever .243 and just got a Remington 700 .243.

The .243 has a couple real killer deer loads - 85 and 100 gr bullets. You can look at the Barnes XXX and Nosler Partition rounds for indestructible bullets.

Federal has a 100gr Soft Point Boat Tail as a long range miracle - it has over 1,000 ft pounds at 400 yards - making it a 400 yard gun! The bullet is the Sierra Gameking I think. Go into Federal.com and look for ballistics - you'll see the numbers.

Look at Walmart for your Remington 700 ADL. I saw them marked at $325 for clearance down here. The Lord smiled on me and I got mine for $300. Then, once you get the gun - go to Remington.com and get your $50 rebate application - it is good thru April 15, 2008.

I'm looking to use mine down here in FL - but primarily bought it to go out west and shoot a mule deer. Someone said it as too little but I just read about a guy getting a complete pass-thru on an elk with a .243 and 85 gr bullet!

A nice little shooter - especially for less than $300. Put some good glass on it and you've got a 300 to 400 yard gun!
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Postby macdaddykeefer » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:25 pm

how'd ya like the 25-06? i looked at it to...it seems like a pretty decent round...
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Postby ALMODUX » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:40 pm

The 25-06 is an AWESOME round. Same trajectory as the 7mm Mag, w/o all the fuss. It will take even big deer, etc. out to as far as you need, and I can't tell the difference in kick between it and a .243. I am biased, as it's one of my favorites.....it will push heavier bullets faster than the .243, and is in the legitimate realm of the .270, .280, 7mm-08, etc. I put the .243 in the class with the .22-250, .220 Swift, .250 savage, etc. Nothing against them, cuz they do what they do very well...but the .25-06 is in the next power band, IMO......either way, for the type of hunting you are talking about, both calibers will work just fine. Get the one that tickles your fancy and shoot it a bunch. :biggrin:
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Postby jrockncash » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:43 pm

the old .243 is a real good gun and cartridge. I like the Browning a bolt. I always like to use a little more than enough gun just in case you dont get the perfect shot, that being said if you put a well placed shot on a deer the .243 will flat line em. A thing to consider is if you are a stand hunter you usually have awhile to watch the deer and make a real solid broadside shot. If you have time and put it in the wheel house than a rapid expanding bullet will work and probably put the 'shocker' on em. Ballistic tip or similar will work well. Putting all the energy into the deer and not wasting it on a pass thru. Let us know what you got and how you like it.
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Postby Kurt » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:45 pm

.243 with a barnes tsx will shoot any deer you want to. 310 yards with a 6mm on a mule deer buck clean pass through deer did not take a step. Proper shot placement and a well contrsucted bullet are more important than cal. for deer sized game.
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Postby macdaddykeefer » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:06 pm

i have two abolts now (7mm and 300wsm) i'm lookin at the 243 for shots 100-200 yards possible longer but if i hunt a stand where i'm expectina longer shot i'll one of the others...that 100 sierra gameking looks like it'd be a pretty decent round for what i'm lookin for...
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Postby don taylor » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:19 pm

Just so you know that I'm not totally biased I own 14 rifles capable of taking big game. I shoot, by choice, a custom made Mauser .243 Win, It has a 4X12X50 AO Leupold. I believe that its the perfect blend of power, bullet selection and recoil. There is nothing that I cannot due with a well placed .243 . I shoot hornady 57 grain VX bullets cruising @ 4000 FPS and it rips 'chucks and sends a pink mist flyin in the air. Then I shoot 200# bucks with 100 gr RN doing 2800 FPS and crush them. I found that the round nose shoot clover leaf groups out to 150 yards in my gun. If you hand load this load can be extremely accurate. Even factory loads can perform superbly. I can only recommend that round.
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Postby muddydog » Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:46 pm

The .243 is an excellent cal. for deer and varmits. It is one of my favorites. I really think the .243 is very underated because alot of people seem to think it is a womens or kids caliber. It shoots flat and hits hard to 300 yds. You wont go wrong. I do believe however that you should shoot as big of gun as you can shoot ACCURATELY when hunting. You can only kill an animal so dead, but if you do make a bad hit, as we all do occasionaly you have a better chance at recovering your animal using a larger caliber. As for me I like 30.06. Anything the .243 will do the 30.06 will do better.
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Postby skybuster20ga » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:50 am

the 243 is a decent deer cartridge, not my fav. but a decent. of course you'll be using it on much much smaller deer then we have so it should work well. i shot my fist 5 or 6 deer when i was 10/11 years old w/ a 243 w/ a 100gr. corelokt. dont put to much emphisis on energy and ballistics, they dont kill deer. tissue damage kill deer. ill also say that the deer i killed my my youth model 243 were all around 140-190lb animals and they all died in their tracks.
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Postby jrockncash » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:10 am

On a side note if you see a .243 in an A bolt buy it cause Browning went to the new X Bolt. If you dont want to buy it let me know cause I will. Great gun
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Postby ifitfliesitdies » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:15 pm

my friend has a 243
kinda like it but sometimes you might need a little more punch at really long rangers
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Postby jrockncash » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:02 am

I dont know man at 300 yards the .243 still has 1083 ftlbs energy. Considered min for killing deer. I am really against long shots cause most guys cant make them. If you can you know it, but most guys dont practice near enough to do it. 300 is a long ways and statistically the gun is up to it. That is for the 100 gr bullet. I read and interesting article about pass through shots that I may post up in the main forum.
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Postby REDGUN » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:45 am

Target shooting With the 243 will be great especially if you reload. There are lots of good bullets in this caliber because of the 6 ppc, 6br, etc.

For deer, especialy at closer ranges, it will work as many people have already posted. With good bullets and proper shot placement, it is a fine deer round.

You posted that you were going to target shoot primarily, so you will get to now this rifle and round well. You should have no problem "hitting" a deer properly after shooting targets with it all summer. :thumbsup:
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