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Old 02-20-2013, 05:36 AM   #1
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Want a varmint rifle that is possible of taking deer. Is the .243 a good caliber? Looking at savage 111 trophy hunter xp

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Old 02-20-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
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Want a varmint rifle that is possible of taking deer. Is the .243 a good caliber? Looking at savage 111 trophy hunter xp
why yes it is. loaded with some 50-55 gr bullets for varmints or loaded with some 100-105 gr bullets for deer. for deer shot placement is more critical with the smaller calibers as the larger calibers give a little more margin for error. some will say the 243 is really too small and more varmint caliber rather than a deer caliber. i disagree. first deer i ever took was with my fathers 243 and it went less than about 10 yards before dropping. for varmint hunting the 243 with about 50-55 gr. bullets is a fast and flat caliber. move up to about 70-85 gr bullets for larger varmints. 243 is also an excellent shooting caliber and one a person could shoot all day as it's recoil won't beat your shoulder to death.
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Great choice. Can't go wrong with a savage or a .243 I would recommend a bull barrel job or get a cheap savage and swap the barrels out. .243 has got me more that a few 700+ yard kills. And just initiates critters under 400 yards. Use the right bullet and a deer won't go far if you hit them in the vitals.
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Great choice. Can't go wrong with a savage or a .243 I would recommend a bull barrel job or get a cheap savage and swap the barrels out. .243 has got me more that a few 700+ yard kills. And just initiates critters under 400 yards. Use the right bullet and a deer won't go far if you hit them in the vitals.
What savage model do you have?
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Great choice. Can't go wrong with a savage or a .243 I would recommend a bull barrel job or get a cheap savage and swap the barrels out. .243 has got me more that a few 700+ yard kills. And just initiates critters under 400 yards. Use the right bullet and a deer won't go far if you hit them in the vitals.
What model of savage do you have??
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I own 5. A 114 ultra, 11, 12bvss, and two 110s as well as a 93

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i have 3 savages a stevens 270 a american classic in 30-08 and a 93 17 cal, all our shooters the 30-06 and 270 have a liking to federal and hornady rounds

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How is the 11?
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what caliber is your 114 ultra in.? bought my 114 new in 30-06 in 2005 for 585.00 out the door. took me awhile to find a load and a scope that i liked.

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what caliber is your 114 ultra in.? bought my 114 new in 30-06 in 2005 for 585.00 out the door. took me awhile to find a load and a scope that i liked.


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