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Old 06-23-2008, 02:49 AM   #31
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If you are going after stuff in the Mule/Whitetail size I would have to say .243 for sure.
I have seen deer hit with .243 at 500 yards that went down and stayed down quite nicely. I dug the bullet out of one of these and it was against the skin on the opposite side to the entry. All of its energy was expended inthe animal and there was not much left of the entry shoulder.
They are easy to shoot, cheap to reload and don't kick too hard.

If protection comes into it I would have to say 30-06. No question.
That said, a .243 will do a lot of stopping. I would not like to face either.

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.... I'm not going to get into reloading for prairie dogs It will be for deer and/or protection.
You missed the point!

If you go with a 30-06 you will have a wider selection of bullets and powder charges available to you than with any other centerfire rifle round.

Now, think of the possibilities!
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You missed the point!

If you go with a 30-06 you will have a wider selection of bullets and powder charges available to you than with any other centerfire rifle round.

Now, think of the possibilities!
No, I got that, that's why I'll probably get a 30-06 before a .243
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:26 AM   #34
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there is another calibre I would personally go with before either of those two, and that is teh Swedish Mauser calibre, 6.5x55. Bloody hell it packs a wallop, and doesn't kick much harder than a .243, bullets are in a wide variety of sizes.

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The Swedish 6.5x55mm is a great round - Especially if you live in Sweden.
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...one Anser ...25-06..

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Both of my parents have a 6.5 each, and my father has a .243. The 6.5 hits a lot harder.
The .243 is flatter though....
I just love the 6.5 as a wonderful all rounder.

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Both of my parents have a 6.5 each, and my father has a .243. The 6.5 hits a lot harder.
The .243 is flatter though....
I just love the 6.5 as a wonderful all rounder.
I share your love for the 6.5 x 55. I bought a Mod.36 12 yrs. ago at a gun show for $189. The Armorers disc on the stock indicated a bore condition of 1 and a bore dimension of 6.51. The Swedes were never in any conflicts where their rifles saw any combat so most of the milsurp rifles are very shootable. A glance at a table of ballistic coefficients shows the 140 gr. BTSP 6.5 as having the highest BC of every caliber from the .270 through the .30 cal. range. It's a flat shooter and is used in the Scandinavian countries for taking Moose. I extensively sporterized mine and it shoots beautifully with my handloads. That being said, I would still rather have my Dad's unfired Smith Corona 1903 Sprinfield! It has more versatility, more stopping power, and the steel is much stronger than the Swede's receiver which can blow up with modern ammo which can generate more than 48,000 c.u.p.
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I share your love for the 6.5 x 55. A glance at a table of ballistic coefficients shows the 140 gr. BTSP 6.5 as having the highest BC of every caliber from the .270 through the .30 cal. range. It's a flat shooter and is used in the Scandinavian countries for taking Moose.
I have heard quite a bit about this round, but I have never studied it. My question is this, can I ad-lib an AR platform to fire it?! Because that would be cool....

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Had a '94 Swedish in 6.5X55. It did marginally with heavier bullets, but I could never get it to shoot that well with any bullet in the 139/140 class. It was a neat, compact little rifle though. Excellent carry gun and I never found the 'cock on closing' aspect of the '93, '94, '95 and '96 as too objectional. I still have a '93 standing in a corner some place around here. It's in 7X57.
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