Anybody hunt with a .243?

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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Steel Rain » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:46 pm

I've killed several deer with my .243 Remmy. I use 85gr Sierra spt. It sure is hard for anything to go more than 25-50 yards when their heart and lungs have been blasted. Btw, my shots all went through and through. I'm pleased. I will however probably move up to a 308 when my oldest is big enough to shoot the .243. Just my .02.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby njonesy_07 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:21 pm

Thanks Steel Rain!

I don't recall if I ever posted back up here with what I actually got?? :huh:

I ended up trading in my Stoeger M2000 for a .260 Savage Model 11. Basically, the .260 was developed by Remington (1997) from a .308 casing that was sized down to accept a 6.5mm bullet. When compared side by side, the .260 cartridge appears very similar to the .243...just a bit bigger (6mm vs. 6.5mm).

I reload my own ammo, from either bulk .308 brass or just unprimed .260 brass. Ive been loading 129gr. Hornady SST bullets which I really like! I'm thinking about loading 140gr. SST's but why change something that already works!? :sniper:
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby joshco84 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:44 pm

i would stick with the 129, more speed in the same bullet style. 140 would probably be better for distance shooting though.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby njonesy_07 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:57 am

joshco84 wrote:i would stick with the 129, more speed in the same bullet style. 140 would probably be better for distance shooting though.


Yeah, I feel the same way. Ive done alot of shooting and trying this load vs. that load to see which I really like. The 140gr. obviously will carry more energy down range, but the 129gr just has such an awesome trajectory you really can't beat it in my book for medium size game. The load I'm using is pushing a 129gr. bullet at 2800+fps, where as the comparative load w/ 140gr. is doing about 2600fps. Its a great soft shooting deer gun, thats for sure. Its relatively unpopular which makes it that more unique/special to me. The 6.5mm is a great little bullet that I can load in a variety of sizes, all the way down to 95gr. which would be fun for shooting small critters.

Heres just a fun little picture of me shooting at milk jugs from 100-300 yards...just trying to get a feel for what it can do. I love the red ballistic tips of the SST bullets :sniper:
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby njonesy_07 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:58 am

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joshco84 wrote:i would stick with the 129, more speed in the same bullet style. 140 would probably be better for distance shooting though.


Yeah, I feel the same way. Ive done alot of shooting and trying this load vs. that load to see which I really like. The 140gr. obviously will carry more energy down range, but the 129gr just has such an awesome trajectory you really can't beat it in my book for medium size game. The load I'm using is pushing a 129gr. bullet at 2800+fps, where as the comparative load w/ 140gr. is doing about 2600fps. Its a great soft shooting deer gun, thats for sure. Its relatively unpopular which makes it that more unique/special to me. The 6.5mm is a great little bullet that I can load in a variety of sizes, all the way down to 95gr. which would be fun for shooting small critters.

I'm really liking the red ballistic tips of the 129gr. SST bullets :sniper:
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby joshco84 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:56 pm

njonesy_07 wrote:
joshco84 wrote:i would stick with the 129, more speed in the same bullet style. 140 would probably be better for distance shooting though.


Yeah, I feel the same way. Ive done alot of shooting and trying this load vs. that load to see which I really like. The 140gr. obviously will carry more energy down range, but the 129gr just has such an awesome trajectory you really can't beat it in my book for medium size game. The load I'm using is pushing a 129gr. bullet at 2800+fps, where as the comparative load w/ 140gr. is doing about 2600fps. Its a great soft shooting deer gun, thats for sure. Its relatively unpopular which makes it that more unique/special to me. The 6.5mm is a great little bullet that I can load in a variety of sizes, all the way down to 95gr. which would be fun for shooting small critters.

Heres just a fun little picture of me shooting at milk jugs from 100-300 yards...just trying to get a feel for what it can do. I love the red ballistic tips of the SST bullets :sniper:


Actually, the weight of the bullet downrange helps a little, but the ballistic coefficeint probably helps more than anything. A heavier bullet is usually longer with a boat tail. Long and boattail helps with aerodynamics.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby njonesy_07 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:34 am

joshco84 wrote:
njonesy_07 wrote:
joshco84 wrote:i would stick with the 129, more speed in the same bullet style. 140 would probably be better for distance shooting though.


Yeah, I feel the same way. Ive done alot of shooting and trying this load vs. that load to see which I really like. The 140gr. obviously will carry more energy down range, but the 129gr just has such an awesome trajectory you really can't beat it in my book for medium size game. The load I'm using is pushing a 129gr. bullet at 2800+fps, where as the comparative load w/ 140gr. is doing about 2600fps. Its a great soft shooting deer gun, thats for sure. Its relatively unpopular which makes it that more unique/special to me. The 6.5mm is a great little bullet that I can load in a variety of sizes, all the way down to 95gr. which would be fun for shooting small critters.

Heres just a fun little picture of me shooting at milk jugs from 100-300 yards...just trying to get a feel for what it can do. I love the red ballistic tips of the SST bullets :sniper:


Actually, the weight of the bullet downrange helps a little, but the ballistic coefficeint probably helps more than anything. A heavier bullet is usually longer with a boat tail. Long and boattail helps with aerodynamics.


Yeah, I know what you're saying. I actually looked up the ballistics for the load I am shooting using a ballistics calculator. The 129gr. had much better trajectories than the comparable 140gr. The B/C difference is what causes the difference in trajectory, however the 140gr. will have greater energy/power at those ranges.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Littlejohnny29 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:00 pm

Interestingly enough, I got this little 8 pointer on opening day w/ my Tikka .243. This is the first year hunting with this caliber and I absolutely love it! In the past, I hunted w/ a .308, which I still own and use, but wanted something that i can use for predators, hunt deer and that my boy can use when he gets older. I shot this buck at about 130 yards and it dropped right down w/ a 100 gr Federal Fusion ammo. If the shot is place correctly (which you are suppose to do, btw) the .243 is just as potent as its larger caliber siblings for medium size deer and predators.

Tikka, btw, is a sweet rifle.

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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Quack Wacker NC » Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:11 pm

deffinately my go to gun, my dad bought me one when i was 12, and i'm 27 now, shot closed to 30 deer with up till 4 yrs ago when i bougth a 7mm. only 1 deer has run, drops them in ther tracks, from 0-290 yrds thats as far as ive shot one with that gun, now my gf uses it and she has shot 5 or so deer from 30 yrd -290 yrds and 1 has made it about 30 yrds, i shot a winchester model 70 with a 100gr rem. corelokt ,shoot them high in the shoulder
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Bill Herian » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:22 am

If you want to see a story about a 243, pick up the most recent issue of North American Whitetail. They did a big spread on my aunt down in Kansas called "8 Shots, 8 Kills" or something like that. She has fired her 243 remington 8 times in the field and has killed 7 bucks and a doe, some of the bucks are dandys too. Check it out, I killed my first deer with that gun shes holding in the picture.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:20 pm

Just a note on bullets............

I have an old win 270 that shot the 130 boat tail at under an inch at 100 yards and was my go to deer gun and 1,000 of rounds at the range. As the years went on and the barrels lands and groves wore down I soon found out that the 140 grain bullet took the
prize for the best groups..................and the 100% maximum loads were not the best load any more.

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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby tucker301 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:20 pm

I deer hunted with a .243 for years.
I shot the same load for matches, deer, and varmints - 70 grain Sierra Match King BTHP.
Every deer I shot dropped where it stood.
Shoot 'em right and they'll do it every time.

Forget what those "experts" on TV do.
Aim high center front shoulder and break 'em down. :thumbsup:
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby joshco84 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:07 am

tucker301 wrote:I deer hunted with a .243 for years.
I shot the same load for matches, deer, and varmints - 70 grain Sierra Match King BTHP.
Every deer I shot dropped where it stood.
Shoot 'em right and they'll do it every time.

Forget what those "experts" on TV do.
Aim high center front shoulder and break 'em down. :thumbsup:


High center shoulder is where the majority of tv deer are shot. There is no arguing with the way it puts deer down.

I also like the neck shot for the same reason.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby slingshot » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:55 pm

even shooting at 200 + yards a deer of mine has never takin a single step after i pull the trigger. i also use it for cow elk just fine.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby iNsAnE_DUCK_sLaYeR » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:39 pm

.243 is the deer hunting beast! I have a remington model 700 with handmade "special" rounds that flips deer on their heads. Definetly a good buy, I would get it.(try shooting burger vld bullets in it) My remington shoots 1 hole at 100 yards. I shoot 85gr hollow points
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Duck Collector » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:00 am

I've killed everything from javalina to elk even tough african oryx with my .243. Placement not power...
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby TomKat » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:43 am

Sandman3400 wrote:If you handload, you can load up some pretty hot .243 rounds. There are loads to get that 100 grain bullet well over 3,000fps.


Actually you can get over 4,000 fps out of the .243

Savage makes great guns. For deer hunting I would want a 3 x 9 scope

The 6 mm bullet (which the 243 uses) has a very good ballistic profile. It works well on windy days.

I shot a prairie dog with a 243 at 466 yards. I have also shot a number of coyotes with my savage 243
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby joshco84 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:43 pm

TomKat wrote:
Sandman3400 wrote:If you handload, you can load up some pretty hot .243 rounds. There are loads to get that 100 grain bullet well over 3,000fps.


Actually you can get over 4,000 fps out of the .243

Savage makes great guns. For deer hunting I would want a 3 x 9 scope

The 6 mm bullet (which the 243 uses) has a very good ballistic profile. It works well on windy days.

I shot a prairie dog with a 243 at 466 yards. I have also shot a number of coyotes with my savage 243


I too am a huge savage fan, and shoot one in a 25 06. I do agree with you on the 6mm bullet though, great little bullet with a very diverse selection of projectiles.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby UnderDucker » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:45 pm

For years all I hunted with was a 250 Savage. Always did the job. Similar ballistics as a .243.
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby joshco84 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:57 pm

always wanted to shoot a .250 savage. Have an uncle with a 300 i have shot a lot! killer deer round!
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby UnderDucker » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:18 am

Yeah, my brother and brother-in-law both have 300 Savages...awesome caliber!
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Takeem406 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:04 am

My wife shoots a .243 in a 700. Perfect round! I can make a deadly prairie dog load then buy the Hornady Superperformance 95 gr SST for deer.

I shot a mulie with it last year. Did the job! Prairie dogs go splat in high winds at distance.

Everyone gets hung up on magnums. All cool but the little guys with GREAT bullets are just as deadly! Heck I shoot deer with my 22-250 with Barnes loads and didn't lose a single deer last year! But when you have a rifle that can shoot a one hole group and shoot p-dogs out to 500 yards with its cake shooting a pie plate sized target at 200 yards.

Not a fan personally of Bushnell after selling them a few years back in college though. My buddy however shot s prairie dog at a range found 600 yards with his Savage Axis in -06 using a cheap scope.
Pretty awesome shot with a 350 dollar package rifle! My 1600 dollar 22-250 couldn't even do it!


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Re: Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby Takeem406 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:05 am

TomKat wrote:
Sandman3400 wrote:If you handload, you can load up some pretty hot .243 rounds. There are loads to get that 100 grain bullet well over 3,000fps.


Actually you can get over 4,000 fps out of the .243

Savage makes great guns. For deer hunting I would want a 3 x 9 scope

The 6 mm bullet (which the 243 uses) has a very good ballistic profile. It works well on windy days.

I shot a prairie dog with a 243 at 466 yards. I have also shot a number of coyotes with my savage 243


I love them p-dogs at that range!

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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby ebitzan » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:53 pm

deer would be good gun, nothin smaller then coyotes :lol:
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Re: Anybody hunt with a .243?

Postby irishff727 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:07 am

My first rifle was a Ruger m77 in .243 made the year I was born given to me by my grandpa. He taught me that proper shot placement means more than size or power of the round. I have taken big deer big hogs with my .243 I think that I shoot better with it than any other rifle I own. The rifle shoot straight and is dead nuts 10/10 rounds. I will hunt that rifle till I hand it down to my son. For all around it teaches you to be a better shot and learn round placement. Just my .02 cents. I will put my m77 up against any other round knowing that placement means more than power

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