Originally Posted by JimRau
The 243 is one of the best long range varmint caliber out there.
It can be used for deer size game if you are willing to play by the rules!!!!
1. Use ONLY heavy and tough bullets.
2. NO quartering shots, PERFECT PRESENTATION ONLY!
3. Short range shots ONLY, small caliber bullets lose their momentum/energy VERY FAST thus their terminal performance is limited to short range on larger game. (light weight bullets with low SP and BC).
+1 on your assessment. Which is why, if you don't know that you will get those exact circumstances (rules).....why take it to the field?
If you DO (blind/tree stand 100 yards or so overlooking a feed plot, etc), well then different story. I'm not a .243 detractor at all. Or a .223 for that matter. But these are simply not large game, long-distance cartridges no matter HOW much a person wants to believe otherwise. I own an AR15 and love to shoot it. But that does not make it a large game taker IMHO