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243 caliber for deer hunting

by , Posted to on 12/08/2007 9:50 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/15/2006
Location: ND
Thought i should start this topic to defend the 243 caliber rifles for deer hunting. My dad has used a 243 to shoot deer since he started hunting. He has knocked down many deer with one shot. I have also used it to shoot deer with no problem. Dont know why people criticize it so much. If you are good enough at shooting you dont need a big caliber. Just my thoughts.
 
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by on 12/08/2007 9:57 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/14/2004
Location: ND
My wife has been using a 223 to get her does the last 3 years without any trouble. Just have to make sure she has a good shot and her and the gun take care of the rest. I am looking at getting a 243 or a 22-250 for her cause she wants to get a buck tag next year and I don't want her to have to deal with a lot of recoil.
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by on 12/08/2007 10:20 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2003
Location: ND
I couldn't agree more. The problem is there are yahoo's who figure you need a super dooper ultra magnum big caliber gun to hunt deer mainly because they lack the shooting or hunting skills they should have.

Their thought is you need a big gun in case of a bad hit on a deer running across the prairie, tongue hanging out, 30 miles an hour, 300 yards away. Go figure.

LOCAL,
I'd go with the .243 in case she ever decides to hunt caribou. A .22 - 250 isn't legal for caribou, but a .243 works just fine.
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by on 12/08/2007 10:40 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/24/2004
Location: ND
My thought is shoot the biggest caliber you are comfotable shooting. If that is a 243, fine. A good shot is better than a wounded animal from a big caliber. But, I disagree with Bowhunting's thinking as many standing deer have been missed or wounded. I use a 7mm mag most of the time. I don't like to give an animal the chance to get into the thick stuff, I like quick recoveries. Even a lung shot deer can travel a ways.
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by on 12/08/2007 10:44 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2005
Location: ND
i have never used larger than a .243 and my father has only used a .222...no need to use anything bigger
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by on 12/09/2007 08:12 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/24/2001
Location: MT
A .243 is a fine "youth" or ladies gun and I have shot many, many deer with a .243. However, if you are hunting trophy deer and need to put a big buck down at 300 plus yards. You certainly don't want to be plinking at the possible buck of a lifetime with a 100 grain bullet that is pretty much "out of gas" at distances greater than 300 yards.
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by on 12/09/2007 08:15 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
The .243 kills very well because it is shot well! The ballistics are the same as the bigger magnums but because they are shot more frequently (prairie dogs and targets) than the bigger magnums (people flinch much more than they are aware) they do a better job on deer or antelope sized animals.
Thinking back on deer/antelope kills with my .243, I'm trying to remember a non-one-shot-kill with it, (must have been one or two but honestly can't think of any offhand) which is sure NOT the case with my .300mag and others shots by buddies I've hunted with who have used various magnums.
.243 is a great round! Perfectly adequate, even preferable, for deer and antelope sized stuff. I agree with bowhuntin.
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by on 12/09/2007 08:56 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/03/2007
Location: ND
A .243 will just bounce off of deer. Seen it many times. That's why I shoot a 460 Weatherby. ;) That and I enjoy emergency visits to the clinic to have my shoulder sewn back on.

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by on 12/09/2007 09:02 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2003
Location: MN
From NXS on a different thread:

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Rem. model 600 in .222 with a fixed 4x Weaver (fine plex) To date I have killed more deer with that rifle than any other I own.
nxs | Dec 9, 2007 8:47AM
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????but the .243 will just 'bounce' off a deer?....please explain.
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by on 12/09/2007 09:12 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: SD
I think that nxs was joking. All i have ever shot is a 6mm and it has taken a few whitetails and mule deer with no problem
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by on 12/09/2007 09:17 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
jtillman,

Sarcasm. It

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by on 12/09/2007 12:11 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
If i remember right isnt the .243 acually a .308 necked down? I know theres about 100 ft-lbs energy between the two at 500 yd.s
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by on 12/09/2007 12:15 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/27/2006
Location: ND
Walleyestu said it best. Good gun for the ladies.
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by on 12/09/2007 1:05 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2003
Location: ND
boondocks,
No, bobkat said it best. I challenge all those "macho men" who shoot big magnums to a test. Give their gun and some shells to someone, and tell that person to randomly either load or not load the gun, and hand it back. Then Mr. Magnum should aim and squeeze the trigger and hand the gun back. When they aim and squeeze on an empty chamber notice the reaction, commonly called flinching, or jerking.

I'm serious, try it and see what happens. I've done it with some who say they don't flinch and they were surprised by the results. Very few can shoot a large rifle without flinching, if you think you're one of them take this test and prove me wrong.
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by on 12/09/2007 1:10 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
Bowhuntin,

So far as that goes, many flinch on the smaller calibers as well. Only practice and the lack of fear that comes with it cures the twitch.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
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by on 12/09/2007 1:25 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Allen,
That's very true, there are a lot of people who flinch with smaller guns also. But the thought that a .243 is only a "ladies and kids gun" is so preposterous it hardly warrants discussion.

Regarding the 300 yard shots people talk about, I don't care what kind of gun you shoot, or what caliber, nobody has any business taking offhand shots at running game 300 yards away. I honestly wonder if people who say this realize how far a measured 300 yards is? Very few people could hit a basketball every shot at that distance offhand, heck, most would have trouble hitting a 55 gallon barrel every shot at 300 yards if they were shooting offhand.

But those are the first to criticize someone who uses a smaller caliber and takes only ethical shots. And for the record, I shoot a .270 for most of my big game, but do have a .243 that has killed it's share also.
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by on 12/09/2007 1:47 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Not sure about off hand but I can hold .5 MOA with my .308 at 300 yards with bipods. It takes me about 2 seconds to pop them out and get in the prone. ;)

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by on 12/09/2007 1:49 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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And yes, I do know how far 300 yards is. At least I believe what my Lecia tells me. As I do 400, 500, 600....

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by on 12/09/2007 1:50 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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My dad has hunted for 32 years with the same .243 and has shot lots of Mule bucks in the badlands up to 300 yards. The .243 caliber is good up to 300 yards as long as the person holding it is good up to 300 yards. And they are completely comfortable with the shot.
NATE
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by on 12/09/2007 1:55 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
And those are standing shots at 300 yards. And as far as a shot with a .243 bouncing off of a deer i would sure like to see that.
NATE
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by on 12/09/2007 2:06 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Boy that "bouncing off deer" comment has gotten a lot of attention..... LMFAO! :D

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