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Old 10-21-2006, 10:53 PM
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My brother swears by his 243. I bought a 243 short mag a few weeks ago. I'm wondering if it has enough punch to kill a deer. say a 220 pound monster buck at 100 yards?? Would it be enough to kill it?
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Old 10-22-2006, 08:11 AM
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If you do your job (shot placement), then the .243 will do its job.
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:47 AM
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thats all I wanted to know, thanks.
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Old 10-22-2006, 03:26 PM
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.243 is an awesome caliber (unless you listen to the magazines) I've hunted with a Browning BLR-81 in .243 for 20 years. If you have correct shot placement the deer will go down. I've only had to track one deer with it. It was an 8-point that I shot at 327 yards (laser) and he dressed at 215lbs. It went through both lungs and he went 75 yards into some thick stuff.

I recently bought a Tikka .300wsm and that is what I hunt with now. This is just because I elk hunt every couple of years and I would like to use one gun for both. There is a lot to be said for feeling comfortable with a gun. I didn't want an elk gun that sat in the cabinet and I use to sight in and hunt every other year. So I hunt deer, hogs, and elk with one gun now.
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:14 PM
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.243 will definitely do the job. My first kill with mine was an antelope at 343 yards. (Hours upon hours upon hours upon hours of shooting). My second was a whitetail that dressed out at 185lbs in Wyoming, killed him at 120 yards. Just put 'er in the lungs and you'll be golden.
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