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mule06 12-10-2012 10:57 AM

243for deer yes? or no
 
I'm not sure what bullet to use in leaningtowards the 95 grn nosler

crazycharlie2 12-10-2012 11:07 AM

A well placed shot with a .243 will bring a deer down.
Many years ago a record bear was taken in the State College, PA area in Bear Meadows with one shot from a .243. I don't know what kind of bullet or weight that was used or the range it was shot at.

mule06 12-10-2012 11:18 AM

I killed a doe at 113 yards in Michigan this yr but It was a factory bullet and a sp I'm looking for better bullets and more load

purehavoc 12-10-2012 11:52 AM

get a good soft point bullet ,well placed in the lung / heart region that shoots accurately in your rifle and it will easily get the job done

zaitsev44 12-10-2012 11:54 AM

My first kill was with a .243, 124lb doe, Model Seven. Good hunting round,

locutus 12-10-2012 03:02 PM

The .243 is an excellent deer cartridge with bullets of 90 grains or heavier, IN THE HANDS OF A COMPETENT RIFLEMAN!

TLuker 12-10-2012 10:32 PM

The .243 gets little respect among most hunters but I have no idea why. It's one of the best deer cartridges out there. My hunting buddy started with a .243 and killed many many deer with it. Eventually he wanted to step up to a larger round and got a 7mm mag. He never lost a deer until he went to the 7 mag. :)

He always shot 100gr Remington core lockts.

Axxe55 12-10-2012 11:00 PM

i have to agree with Locutus, definately 90gr or larger with the 243. we used 105gr BTSP and had not one problem taking a deer with a 243. 243 is and excellent rifle for anyone not wanting huge recoil and wanting an accurate round. very mild recoil.

JimRau 12-11-2012 02:27 AM

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Originally Posted by locutus (Post 1046500)
The .243 is an excellent deer cartridge with bullets of 90 grains or heavier, IN THE HANDS OF A COMPETENT RIFLEMAN!

Correct you are. If you have the discipline and patients to wait for the PERFECT shot it is ok. But why not get a 7-08 and do it right. Save the 243 for the varmints, where it belongs!!!

locutus 12-11-2012 02:39 AM

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Originally Posted by JimRau (Post 1047324)
Correct you are. If you have the discipline and patients to wait for the PERFECT shot it is ok. But why not get a 7-08 and do it right. Save the 243 for the varmints, where it belongs!!!

Well Jim, the way I hunt, I would wait for a good clean shot even if I was hunting with a .338 LaPua. There's nothing wrong with bigger guns, but I don't want to put up with unnecessary recoil. I hunt everything today with a .30-06 and 150 grain Speer BTSP bullets at ~3000 FPS.

Folks tell me that it's too much gun for deer and antelope, and too little for elk and moose. Maybe.

But it's been many years since I had to shoot twice. Two moose and a bunch of elk in the last 10 years have gone down with one shot.

But, to each his own. I've used a 243 for deer and antelope in the past, and never lost one.


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