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Old 09-14-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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Does anybody else here use .243 for varmints/coyotes?

I live in a place where shots are long, and the mountains create wind conditions that are hard to dope out.

My gun likes Nosler 70 grain solid-base bullets. They seem to carry and buck the wind fairly well. - They group well too.

There is no occasion for rapid or high volume of fire here, so I'm hoping that my barrel will hold out OK.

I know that the .22s are most popular for smaller critters, specifically the 22-250, .223 and the 220 swift.

Anybody else here shoot .243 Winchester at varmints, instead?

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Old 09-14-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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Never shot a .243. dont know how to judge it.
But, I am one of those that shoots varmits with 22-250 and .223
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that is the beauty of the 243. lighter bullets for smaller varmint sized critters and the larger ones for larger game like deer and such. lots of excellent ammo choices for the 243, so finding something that works well should not be a problem.
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I use a 25.06 with 87 grain spitzers and never had a problem, so I'd imagine a 243 would be just as good for wolves on down.
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I have put a million dollars down a .243 barrel. {Not really} But I have burned up a couple of premium barrels. The .243 is an excellent choice for varmint shooting. The 6MM bullet is a dynamic killer. Make damn sure you watch the brass. The short necked case grows and thickens running breech pressures over the Moon.
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Anna Purna knows rifles. I agree the old 25-06 is a Death Wind in open country. My old SAKO has taken Sheep in Russia and about everything in the Rocky Mtns.
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Anna Purna knows rifles. I agree the old 25-06 is a Death Wind in open country. My old SAKO has taken Sheep in Russia and about everything in the Rocky Mtns.
Was that you hunting off my front porch?
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I have a Remington 710 youth in 243 . I shoot a 100 gr . For deer , hog's, and coyote's. .
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Yep Anna , Taking those shots across the Bearing Straits I need to use your sand bags. Damn I almost hit Sarah Palin with that last round.
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243 for coyotes no problem. I shot a problem skunk with my winchester 70 in 243 once. That was a mess.
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