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Old 08-08-2013, 05:30 AM   #21
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Yeah i have a .243, i have it zeroed at 200yards with a 58 gr. and its a screaming 4500 fps. And 100gr. They both hit near dead on. Ive took all my dear with it except one. All were 150 yards+. Great little guns. If it counts there kansas monsters (the deer).

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Yeah i have a .243, i have it zeroed at 200yards with a 58 gr. and its a screaming 4500 fps. And 100gr. They both hit near dead on. Ive took all my dear with it except one. All were 150 yards+. Great little guns. If it counts there kansas monsters (the deer).
Yeah, the .243 is an excellent round. Great for small varmints to large mule deer and such. Just make sure the proper bullets are used for the proper game. But, that rule applies to any and all cartridges. Some of the newer bullets made by Barnes and others are not your grandfathers' .243 bullets. Some of tha 80 and 90 grain Barnes bullets will knock a deer a$$ end over cartwheel. If anyone ever says that the .243 is a marginal cartridge for deer, then they either have no knowledge of ballistics, are inexperienced, or are completely out of touch and set in their old ways.
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I think the .270 is a very versatile round as stated earlier in these posts. Reloading now, you have the options to make an elk whacker with Nosler Partitions or other premium bullets, although they are my favorite in 7mm Rem. Magnum, to light hollow point bullets for varmints. Loading data abounds and working up loads gives you an excuse to go out and shoot more. Your rifle will do just about anything you want it to do, provided you put the round where it needs to be, but it is fun to shop for a new rifle though,, Hell,, go get a nice little varminter for another rifle to work up loads for and have fun, as long as the budget allows and the wife doesn't mind, you're in like Flynnt,,, good shooting.

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Several good calibers have been mentioned and all are capable with proper bullet selection. Something to consider though, the selection of bullets in .30 caliber is wider than i think any other caliber made, Speer alone offers bullet weights from 100 to 220 grains, and if you include the accelerator round, which was a saboted .22 bullet in a 30-06 case, bullet weights were available from about 55 to 220 grains.
If i could have only one rifle it would be the "06" as i consider it the most versitile caliber available, capable of hunting any north american game animal with the proper load.
The other consideration is if a mishap should occur and your ammo is lost by the airline, damaged, stolen, on that once in a lifetime hunt, any mom and pop hardware store or sporting goods store in Podunk, USA is going to have some sort of 06 ammo, while some of the other calibers may well not be available.

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Don't shoot them in the a$$.
Destroy heart, or lungs, and some ribs.
Some times the bullet just ends up there?

I had a year where I killed deer with the bow, muzzle loader, and rifle. I ended with at least one deer shot in the ass by all three weapons (long story), and I didn't loose any of them. Not my shot placement of choice but it happens.

Like others I would also suggest a .243. It's just a great cartridge. I've no idea why it works so well but it just does.
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The .243 is a fine 6MM cartridge. It is not the best choice for large Western Mule deer. I have used the 6MM calber rifles for mule deer at medium ranges. I do think after retrieving bullets and experiencing kills it works but? Yes their are better choices such as the .25-06 for Mule deer and varmints.

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.243 is a great cartridge. It's NOT a .375 H&H, and wasn't intended to be. Elk, Moose? of course not, unless you're 10 feet away. You don't need a .50BMG to bag deer..........,would be fun to play with tho ;>)



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MattyT, you are starting out like I did years ago. I only owned a .270 (Savage) then and loaded 90 gr. hollow points for coyotes and gophers. My recollection is that some of the coyotes looked like they'd been hit by lightning. Gophers just kinda vaporized if hit square.

As for big game, I would not hesitate to use a .270 on any big game animal on this continent, and have, except only for grizzlies. I will not say the .270 is not enough for them because I have read of hundreds of grizzlies being killed with the 30-06 and a .270 is not far off that if loaded with 150-160 bullets. Still, I'd rather not. Moose and elk? Yes. I assume here that you take the time to develop some skill to place a bullet where you want and that you will hunt within your shooting limitations - something we should all do anyway.

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