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Old 03-13-2009, 10:45 PM
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Default Feelings on a .243 for deer hunting?

Does anyone have anything against the 243 win for whitetail? shots up to 200 yards are the max for me...

also is the best deer bullet a 100 grain remington CLPSP? (best for the money)





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Old 03-13-2009, 10:57 PM
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Default .270

it would work but a .270 would be better.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:18 PM
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Shot a lot of deer with my .243. Never had a cripple. It's all bullet placement. One good shot while prone or well braced.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:09 AM
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a .243 is a really good gun to use. I have shot many deer with one my farthest shot was 300 yards, the bigger the gun is not always better, most of the time a small but very effective gun like the .243 is the best choice
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:56 AM
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243 is plenty enough caliber for whitetail deer.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:22 AM
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As several have stated the 243 is enough gun to humanaly harvest a deer. As far as the best bullet, most of the manufactures make good bullets for harveting deer, if your budget allows get several different desgins in the 100 grain weigths and pick the one that is the most accurate out of your gun. You can have the best bullet, but if you cannot hit the deer where you want it does not do the job as well.


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Old 03-14-2009, 07:23 AM
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the .243 would be fine, a .25/.06 would be good too. I shot a .270 for several years, thats a good round, fast and flat.

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Old 03-14-2009, 07:53 AM
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A 243 it a good gun for deer. Nothing bigger than a deer. Also when you sight in, find the bullet that both you and your gun like then stick to it. A mistake a lot of people do is sight in with one bullet then switch to a differant bullet. The point of impact will change, always re-sight when you change anything.
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:46 AM
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With any 100 grain bullet, placement is critical. I have shot around 40 whitetails with a 100 grain bullet in a 257 Roberts, and only one (my first) took more than one shot. However, the longest shot was at around 150 yards. I was fortunate in being able to ambush them as others pushed them from other cover toward me, or getting permission to hunt on some posted land where no one else was allowed.
My limited experience (recent purchase) with a 6.5X55 tells me that a 260 Remington would be a much better choice for deer, but not as good a varmint rifle as a 243. A 7mm-08 would be even better. None of these recoil very much.
Think of a 243 as hunting pheasants with a 28 gauge shotgun. If you shoot it really well, it will work. If you're not a good shot, it will wound game. Don't take any shot that's a maybe.
Of course, if you want good tasting venison, you never shoot anything that's running, preferably never anything that knows you're there.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:41 PM
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Its between the .243 and .308 winchester, i prefer the .243 because its lighter recoil and its a bit flatter so range estimation under 400 yards wont have to be so exact for target shooting. likewise i do deer hunt, i like it, but its not my biggest hobby, which is just generally shooting. If you think the .243 will reliably take a deer if needed with a good chest shot, maybe even hitting some ribs on the way in w/ a 100 grainer, then im definately getting it. That said, the .308 has a place in my heart too..
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