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leow 11-06-2006 08:52 PM

243 and deer
 
I was given a remington 243 in a will. I already have a nice 270, but i want to set this gun up for deer hunting also. The gun has been shot 6 times and dropped one doe on the spot. Is this gun effective on deer. I don't do head shots, i like behind the shoulder. What factory ammo has the most knock down power. How does this gun compare to the 270, and my old trusty 30-30. Shots range from 35-60 yards give or take.

Soilarch 11-06-2006 09:09 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 
You have those who love...and those who hate the .243 as a deer cartridge. According to the "gunshop guy" here in Kentucky where I go to school the .243, 270 and 30-06 are far and away the most popular for deer. I'd say get a premium bullet for those close shots and have at it.

Rebel Hog 11-06-2006 09:11 PM

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Look whatzrexpilotsondid with .243/ Fed 100gr Sierra Game [email protected] 200yds!
This is the exit side!









timbercruiser 11-06-2006 09:12 PM

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If you do your job with shot placement, the .243 will do its job. Most of the people I know that use the .243 use Hornady 100 grainBTSP bullets. Hit behind the shoulder the deer will be just as dead as a .270 hit. (I usea .270)

cpsniper05 11-06-2006 09:25 PM

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I know a many deer that had wished they were not shot with a .243, I think its a great round and at your distance should work exceptionally well,

nchawkeye 11-07-2006 08:38 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
You are a lucky guy...Its good that someone thought enough of you to give you a gun after they had departed....

How much do you want to hear about a .243??? I have used one for deer since 1980 and I can tell you, it makes an excellent deer rifle...I have already killed 4 with mine this year, in fact, I've gone to my flintlock because 4 is about all that my family will eat this year...I have killed at least 140 or so deer with this gun....Inside of 200 yards the factory Hornady 100 gr Interlock, the Federal Premium 100 gr Nosler Partition and the Remington 100 gr CoreLokt will all give good exit wounds and consistant blood trails...I have killed deer myself with all 3 of these loadings...Frankly I have killed 75 or so deer with plain old 100 grain CoreLokts...I used this bullet from 1980 until 1995, when I decided to try some other factory loadings and see the difference in wound channels...Good Luck...



isatarak 11-07-2006 08:48 AM

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I think the .243 is a great caliber for deer. I shoot a .270 which I've had for over 30 years, but if I lost that gun today, I would probably replace it with a .243. The main reason would be for less recoil during target practice.

ipscshooter 11-07-2006 09:23 AM

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I bought my son a Model 7 .243 when he decided he wanted to start hunting. I really liked it a lot when I was sighting it in for him. I'd been shooting an '06, but I'm a bit recoil averse, so I didn't really LIKE shooting the '06. Anyway, karma kicked in and a couple days after getting his sighted in, Bass Pro Shops ran a sale on Remington 700 ADL's for $249. I figured that was a sign from God, so, I ran out and bought one. We used them last year, and took four deer with four shots.

We use the cheap-o Remington Express 100 gr. Pointed Soft Point Core Lokt's. My 700 will group three inside a dime at 100 yards. Currently on sale for $12.99 a box, with a $5.00 mail in rebate. I don't see any reason to spend the money on premium ammo for this gun. It's too fun to shoot a lot,the cheap stuff works quite well, and deer are thin skinned, so penetration isn't really an issue.

HunterKel 11-07-2006 09:28 AM

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I hunt with a .243 and I've dropped two deer with it. One at a 100 yards and the other at around 50. I love that gun.

Alsatian 11-07-2006 10:17 AM

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Some people swear by Sierra 85 grain HPBT bullets in .243. Without disputing whether this is or is not an effective deer round,a Federalloading using this bullet provides a muzzle velocity of 3310 feet per second. Sighted 2" high at 100 yards it is dead-on at 240 yards and only3.7" low at 300 yards. If you look at 100 grain commercial loads my guess is you are looking at 3100 feet per second and just slightly poorer trajectory. The .243 is a great cartridge for deer and pronghorn antelope out to 300 yards, probably a little farther.

I have taken one deer and one pronghorn antelope with my .243 using Winchester 100 grain power point loads. I intend to use the 85 grainSierraHPBTFederal load described above on smallish Oklahoma deer in a couple of weeks. This Federal load sure shoots well in my rifle.

excalibur43 11-07-2006 10:23 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
Figure out which load gives the most kinetic energy and compare it to your other rifles. The formula for kinetic energy is: velocity squared X weight divided by 450395. You can do the same for your other rifle calibers, then compare them.:)

nchawkeye 11-07-2006 12:01 PM

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Aliston...The Federal Premium 85gr HPBT is definately a deer load...I didn't believe it when I was told about it, but after killing about 25 deer with it I can attest that it actually gives more pass throughs than the Winchester PowerPoints and the Federal Premium 100gr Sierra GameKing SPBT....I used to sight it in 2 1/2 high at 100 and in my rifle and it would be about 3 inches low at 300 yards...I would use this bullet when hunting over soybeans in eastern NC where shots could be out to 300 yards....I even killed 6 or so deer with this bullet inside of 50 yards....I have 3 buddies that have converted from '06s to the .243 (all happen to have Remington 700s) and this bullet groups exceptionally well in their rifles...I switched back to CoreLokts earlier this year when I discovered that I have a couple of lots in the Federal loading that my rifle didn't give good groups with...After the season is over this year I'll go back to this bullet and try to tweek my rifle to see if I can get it to group these as well as it used to....


Terri S 11-07-2006 07:56 PM

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When DH was working up a load for me, he talked to a Sierra rep who highly recommended the Sierra 85 gr HPBT. Said it was all he ever used to kill deer. And this coming from a man who could have his choice of bullets. I can't wait to try it out on a deer this Saturday.

Terri S.

IndyHunter83 11-08-2006 01:02 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 
Used a .243 for 5 seasons in Kentucky. The .243 will do the job very well if the shot placement is right and if your shooting 150yds and in. I'd look at a 30-06 or .270

NC_DeerDropper 11-08-2006 03:33 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 
A .243 aint no joke...Thats what i use and i've been usin it for about 6 yrs...and its just a Savage .243...I had a .300 mag and still chose the .243 over it...the thing i found out...or at least for myself is that the higher caliber guns dont have much KE(kenetic energy) especially at close range, they just blow right through the deer...or at least it seems like it..with my gun 13 does, and 6 bucks have went down from were they stood to no more than 45yds(<--gut shot)...including a 2 stepper from 179yds..so i say hell yea to a .243...you get a hell ofa punch w/o all the recoil..

only thing...long shots over 200 yds maybe a lil different..


retrieverman 11-08-2006 05:21 PM

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243 is not my first choice for a deer caliber, but I have killed several with it over the years. I would stick to your 270 or 30-30.

James B 11-08-2006 05:34 PM

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I like the 243 for deer about the same as I like the 223 for deer. It ain't no 270 thats for sure.

CAPT BRAD 11-08-2006 05:45 PM

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I have to defend the 243. It ain't no 270(which I have never shot), but ain't a whitetail been sired that will take the full brunt of a 243.

Seems a lot of people want to make this complicated. I 've loaded a bit, but the REM 100 core lokt is about perfect

newguy23 11-12-2006 10:02 PM

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.243 is a great cartridge... I just dropped this 225 pound beast with my Kimberin .243...





leow 11-13-2006 08:05 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
I finnally was given the gun. A remington 7400 semi auto. I plan on shooting deer in the boiler room, not the neck and head. Is it still a good gun

deerslayer270 11-13-2006 08:10 AM

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my grandfather shoots a 243 and has dropped some very nice deer in their tracks with this gun...if you want most bang for the buck consider the hornady LIGHT MAGS which is a juiced up version andi think itbumps it up to the equivalent of a 270.

10pointhank 11-13-2006 03:20 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 

ORIGINAL: timbercruiser

If you do your job with shot placement, the .243 will do its job. Most of the people I know that use the .243 use Hornady 100 grainBTSP bullets. Hit behind the shoulder the deer will be just as dead as a .270 hit. (I usea .270)

a .243 is what i use and have droped deer at 175 yards with Hornaday bullets

i love my .243 i like having a litte fun bringing them in a lil closer for a nice clean shot.

A11en 11-13-2006 06:42 PM

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I'lltypically use a .30-06 if hunting alone. If I'm hunting with my son, I'll use my Rem 700 .243. He shoots a NEF .243 single shot and we use the same ammo. 100grain Remington Core lockt!

The .243 is a great deer rifle. I wouldn't hesitate to take a 200 yard shot at deer.

rxdocal 11-13-2006 07:46 PM

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Ibought a .243 Browning A-bolt last year. Shot a spike with itthat season and recently used it on a trip to Wyomingwhere I shot an antelope and a big bodied 4x4mulie, both at about 150 yds.Dropped them all in their tracks. Good enoughfor me!

leow 11-13-2006 08:50 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 
All these people are dropping deer in their tracks. Where are you hitting the deer. Lungs, neck or head

DucksUnlimited987 11-13-2006 09:20 PM

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dropped this bad boy with my NEF handi-rifle .243 one shot one kill, spine shot dropped in his tracks, no follow ups needed.

spudrow 11-14-2006 02:36 PM

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Well I guess I need to weigh in my thoughts on the 243. I have used a 270 and a '06 all my hunting life and I absolutely love those 2 guns.I was looking for less recoil so I purchased a Rem 700 ADl in 243. Bought it 2 weeks ago, sighted it in in just 9 shots at 2 inches high at 100 yards right out of the box with 2 minor adjustments, 1 windage, 1 elevation. My 3 shotgroupsare great, all holes are touching. The second day of this years season I dropped 2 deer at 246 yards with one shot each, one hit in the neck and one at the base of the neck. Great gun.
My only problem with my 700 is this------------------------------------------------------------WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO GET THIS GUN??????
Good luck to all.
Mac

springcaller 11-14-2006 07:11 PM

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I'm still a young hunter and don't know a hole lot but I would like to add my two cents. The thing I look at the most is the type of area ill be hunting. A .243 is more than enough gun with the correct shot placement, however, the least little thing in it's way will cause the bullet to expand before its suppose to thus causeing a miss.Unless the stick or wahtever is super close to the deer. If your hunting brushy areas, .30 cal is the way to go. Sorry I didn't have anything much to say just thought I would add my opinion.

Tree climber 11-15-2006 05:53 AM

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I have used a 243 for the past 30 years and always use Winchester 100 gr. PSP ; I try for a rib shot,sometimes high sholder shot just depends on the angle of the deer.both will make him lay down.the ribs just behind the point of the leg will drop him or her within 50 yards or less.I havr some old road way where I hunt.I put an orange ribbon on them all at the 200 yards and 250 yards. cheap rangefinder.

this one I dropped at 180 yards Sat. evening.he came out just a few steps from my 200 yard mark.



love the 243, I have two and my wife has one.all three shoot the same ammo.Great gun for light recoil.

timbercruiser 11-15-2006 06:37 AM

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springcaller, the "brush gun bullet" is more myth than fact. I read a couple of test a few years ago that showed .30's will deflect/breakup as well. Best thing is to pick a good ethical clear shot, otherwise you will lose deer with deflected bullets hitting where they are not suppose to. The only brush gun I know of is a 12 guage with buckshot and that isn't a great choice.

spudrow 11-15-2006 10:25 AM

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Nice deer.

GHD 11-15-2006 10:58 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
I have a remington 243 and it will do the job.Remington 243 win 100 GR core-lokt work best. I would prefer to shot behind the shoulder. I killed a doe with my 243 at 150yd she only ran 15yd.

springcaller 11-29-2006 08:59 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
thanks, i didn't realize that ( the myth thing). I totally agree with a clean shot, I havn't lost one yet.

pdp440 11-29-2006 11:17 AM

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my dad and me both shoot 243's for deer it has beena good caliber i have been using mine for about 12years and my dad has been using his from 1972 he shoot 85,87gr herters or horndays i use 95gr nosler balistic tips but i used 100gr rem core loc for a long time they are fairly cheep and a exalent job on deer.

Killer_Primate 11-29-2006 01:30 PM

RE: 243 and deer
 
I've shot a .243 before, and carried one hunting as a child, but never shot a deer with one.
I only know that there are a lot of people who love them and swear by them, and others who say they are under powered for some situations. Of course these are opinions that I've heard and I don't share either. I only mentioned it so that you could look into it for yourself if you so desire.

I do know this as a fact, since I'm looking at ballistic tables on the round in "shoot better II" while I type. This round is one of the flatest ones out there, so it has that going for it.

leow 12-19-2006 07:35 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
I had my doubts last night, but i put a sliver tip ballistic behind the right shoulder, and the bullet came out right in front of the left shoulder. THis was the first deer i've ever seen just drop and not move. I was about an inch back from the shoulder, and still the ballistics broke the right shoulder, the exit hole was not fantastic, but I could put a quarter through it. While gutting the doe, the lungs were complete soup, the heart was fine becausei shot alittle high. I'm very happy with the 243 and i'm happy to say it's my new deer gun.

ipscshooter 12-19-2006 08:02 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 

ORIGINAL: leow

All these people are dropping deer in their tracks. Where are you hitting the deer. Lungs, neck or head
I typically make heart/lung shots. I've killed 4 deer with my .30-06, and 4 with my .243. One headshot with each on does (didn't want to spoil any meat), obviously dropped in their tracks.One chest shot with each, dropped in their tracks. The remaining two chest shots with each resulted in the deer going from 5 to 50 yards after they were hit. I think for cumulative distance, the .243 is slightly ahead...

ipscshooter 12-19-2006 08:08 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 

ORIGINAL: spudrow

Well I guess I need to weigh in my thoughts on the 243. I have used a 270 and a '06 all my hunting life and I absolutely love those 2 guns.I was looking for less recoil so I purchased a Rem 700 ADl in 243. Bought it 2 weeks ago, sighted it in in just 9 shots at 2 inches high at 100 yards right out of the box with 2 minor adjustments, 1 windage, 1 elevation. My 3 shotgroupsare great, all holes are touching. The second day of this years season I dropped 2 deer at 246 yards with one shot each, one hit in the neck and one at the base of the neck. Great gun.
My only problem with my 700 is this------------------------------------------------------------WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO GET THIS GUN??????
Good luck to all.
Mac
I've had exactly the same thoughts about my 700 ADL .243. I too used an '06 and didn't like the recoil. I bought my son a Model 7 Youth .243, and really enjoyed the light recoil whilegetting itsighted in.A couple days later, a local store put their 700 ADL .243's on sale for $249... I figured that was a sign from God... and it's now my favorite rifle.

chr103yod 12-19-2006 08:27 AM

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I was always a little worried about a 243 being too small for deer but after reading this I'm going to buy one for my son. The exit hole pic sold me for sure.

James B 12-19-2006 08:38 AM

RE: 243 and deer
 
I might consider a 243/223 if I were just hunting varmits and whitetails. However I like a litttle more versitility when I buy a rifle. Where I hunt, elk are also common and the mulies are big critters. The 7mm-08 has very little more recoil than the 243 but is so much more versitile that Its a no brainer for me.


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