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Old 12-10-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default 243for deer yes? or no

I'm not sure what bullet to use in leaningtowards the 95 grn nosler

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!!
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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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