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Old 06-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #21
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Nothing wrong with the 243 that is what I started hunting with many years ago, it always did the trick but I would not trade my 7mm-08 for any 243, the 7mm-08 hits harder, makes for shorter heavier blood trails. The 7mm-08 also has a considerably longer range then it's .243 cal cousin.

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Nothing wrong with the 243 that is what I started hunting with many years ago, it always did the trick but I would not trade my 7mm-08 for any 243, the 7mm-08 hits harder, makes for shorter heavier blood trails. The 7mm-08 also has a considerably longer range then it's .243 cal cousin.
My observation exactly. Now if you have a choice of get a new hunter a 7-08 or a 243, why on God's green earth would you get a 243???????????
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Last year for my 15 birthday I got a savage model 11 in .308, it's a great rifle with sweet trigger but I'm not to fond of the plastic stock but it does make it very light.

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243's is a good round, with heavier bullets it's good for deer with lighter bullets it's also good for coyotes, great rifle if your a lighter kid. When I was 16 I already waighed 200 pounds I've always been a big guy though, and the first rifle I got for deer hunting was a 91/30 mosin nagant, not a tack driver like most new rifles but lays some hurtin on deer. If your anything like I was as a kid I had a to work for anything I wanted so at a price tag of $120 I had to mow yards, strip scrap wires, and work my tail off but it was worth it.

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I'm 15 years old and I'm taking suggestions for a good deer rifle what do you think would be a good gun for me?
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I got my son a 308 when he was 15. He's 26 now and that's still his go-to deer rifle!
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Start with a mild caliber but also good Buck medicine,then work up the caliber ladder as the years go by,at 15 you don't want to develop a 45-70 hand rolled flinch,with the 243 being a good young mans first rifle,for Buck or critter hunting,your hunting terrain is another consideration for caliber choice.

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My observation exactly. Now if you have a choice of get a new hunter a 7-08 or a 243, why on God's green earth would you get a 243???????????
Only reason to consider the 243 is if someone is looking for a varmint rifle with deer capability, the 6mms do tend to be alot better with ultra light varmint pills at blistering speed, but the 7mm romps all over it with deer weight bullets. In no way shape or form does a 85-100gr 243 compare to a 120-160gr 7mm.
The wild card in there is the 6.5mm (6.5x55, 260 Rem, and 6.5 Creedmore) which can effectively split the difference with the strength of both. They can launch 123gr pills faster, flatter and further then a 95gr 243, with only a miniscule increase in recoil and noticeably reduced barrel burn. Compared to the 7mm it looses very little speed in the same weight and gains alot of ballistic co-efficiency, so the tradeoff ends up being the reduced drag and drift of the 6.5mm vs the extra half mm of the 7, there is no right or wrong anwser there I own both
There are heavier higher BC bullets for the 7mm too but the 7mm-08 lacks the case volume to effectively launch 180gr VLDs.
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My 11 year old grandson just shot his first big game animal, a 125 lb hog, with my 7-08 700 Rem youth model ( I took the spacers out of the stock for him).
I do not know why some here get their panties is such a twist when all I do is point out the obvious!!!!

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Go to a place that sells surplus rifles and get a Russian 91-30 rifle. They are just as good a gun as the new modern rifles at less than half the price. They are between $90 and $200 depending on where and when you get them. They are chambered in 7.62x54r and have about the same kick as a 30-30. Most of the ammo is full metal jacket but some companies make expanding ammunition for it.

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Go to a place that sells surplus rifles and get a Russian 91-30 rifle. They are just as good a gun as the new modern rifles at less than half the price. They are between $90 and $200 depending on where and when you get them. They are chambered in 7.62x54r and have about the same kick as a 30-30. Most of the ammo is full metal jacket but some companies make expanding ammunition for it.
True, but I don't exactly consider them a rifle for someone of small stature!!! I have shot MANY rounds out of them and to me the recoil is closer to an 06.
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