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Old 02-19-2010, 08:05 AM
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My girlfriend got me a new Remington 700 .243 with the laminated teardrop thumbhole stock and i had her also get me a nikon prostaff scope . I picked up the 80gr super x's and they are shooting great for me. Im mainly using it for groundhogs/coyotes but will proly use it out of state on deer as well. What would be a good distance to sight it in at so i can shoot nicely to 400? I was thinking about sighting it dead on at 150, anyone know how much the bullet would drop at 400 and beyond? I practice quite often. Thanks
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:39 AM
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dead on at 200yds is pretty standard for long range, ballistic tables are typically dead on at 200 for long range, or 100 for short range.

Typically that means 1.5 or 2 inches or so high at 100yds.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:02 PM
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She is sure a keeper...Hope you got something nice for her as well...

I will tell you, those 80gr bullets are for groundhogs, not deer...

I have used the Federal Premium 85gr Sierra GameKing HPBT on 30 deer or so, that's as light as you want to go for a deer bullet...Frankly you might be better off with 100gr Hornadys, CoreLokts, PowerPoints or Nosler Partitions...

I sight mine in 2 1/2 inches high at 100 yards, this puts it close to dead on at 250 and about 5 inches low at 300...

Do yourself a favor, get proficent at 300 before you try those 400 yard shots...I'd say maybe 5% of hunters are good enough to keep their shots in a 5 inch circle under field conditions at 400 yards...
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:49 AM
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Yeah i was planning on switching to 100gr partitions for deer. I shot yesterday and sighted it 1 1/2" high at a ranged 162 yds with 2" groupings then shot it at a ranged 371 and it was bout 4" low, 4" right and then 4" to the bottom left so i was pretty happy with shooting those groupings at over 350. Im satisfied. Never realized how good a 243 actually shoots, glad i listened to advice and got one. lol
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:35 AM
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Not only does the .243 shoot remarkably well, they have very little felt recoil. Making it int my opinion, one of the best rifles to own. Even though I usually shoot a 7mm Rem. Mag. I love the .243 I also have.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Immel07
Yeah i was planning on switching to 100gr partitions for deer. I shot yesterday and sighted it 1 1/2" high at a ranged 162 yds with 2" groupings then shot it at a ranged 371 and it was bout 4" low, 4" right and then 4" to the bottom left so i was pretty happy with shooting those groupings at over 350. Im satisfied. Never realized how good a 243 actually shoots, glad i listened to advice and got one. lol
Make sure you have a twist that will stabilize the 100s...
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:50 AM
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Whatja get her?
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:57 AM
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Whatja get her?
a bear, body wash, and a $200 necklace. lol
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:14 AM
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200 yards or MPBR (+/- 287 yards) for your zero, BDC reticle would be helpful.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:57 PM
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I love my Browning A-bolt .243 Rifle,its a great gun for Hunting Coyotes,Ground Hogs and with the 100 grain Hornady Custom Shells it is a good Deer Hunting gun too!

Sounds like You have a very Wonderful Girlfriend that will go out a buy You a nice Hunting Rifle....definetly a "Keeper" for sure!
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