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Advise on a .243

Old 09-16-2008, 01:42 PM
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I also have a savage in 243. I honestly believe, if you can see it, the 243 can kill it. I load my on loads and am partial to the Sierra Game Kings in 100 area. I have also taken wild hogs with it with no problem. dog1
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:49 PM
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I had a friend that lived in Montana for several years and he said he and his friends used the .243 on big mule deer and elk all the time. Shot placement.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:52 PM
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Nope Nope not a goog cal. at all you won't like it at all , so you can just send it to me for hunting ground squirrls LOL.

All joking aside IMO the 243 is one of the best short or long range Rifles around . I had 2 Rem 788 in 243 back years ago and like a dummy sold them. It will kill an animal farther than you will ever want to shoot at one trust me . I used a 100gr Winchester JSP right off thestore shelves and it did fantastic. Blew right threw shoulders like cutting hot butter.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:09 PM
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So it sounds like everyone thinks this is a pretty sweet cal. I cant wait to send some rounds down range and I hope i get a chance this season to see how it performs.. Thanks for all the info guys..
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:49 PM
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You will have fun shooting it, it is a nice recoil friendly round that will give you more than enough power to kill deer. I have used a lot of different loads, but I probably like the Hornady 100gr BTSP, and 100gr Winchester Super X's best.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:27 PM
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I bought a youth model .243 for my boys.It was a pleasure to shoot and after seeing how it performed on deer I went out and bought one for me. A Rem 700 SS Mountain rifle with a zeiss conquest 4.5x14x4mm. I'm comfortable taking deer out to 300 yards easy. I believe it is adequate for 400 yards , I just don't practice enough.

I shoot remington core lock when hunting in NC. I will use Federal premium tripple shock when I head to CO for mule deer
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:32 PM
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federal vital shok, 100 gr NP-- great load for bigger deer-- Also consistently usethe 95 NBT for deer, antelope-- my son took his buck at about 275 yards--great gun, flat and fast.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:43 PM
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I use the 95 grain Winchester Silvertip and they work great. I have killed several nice bucks with it andhavent had a deer run over 25 yds after a shot. From ranges of 150yds to as close as 35yds. Good bullet and good caliber
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:04 PM
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You will like it as a deer rifle. Shoot several types and weights through it and find what works best. As said several times, it's range will probably be farther than your range!
Good luck!
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