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What´s a decent (cheap) .243 deer rifle?

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:01 AM   #11
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While I know a few folks that hunt Whitetails with a .243, and given proper shot placement and correct ammo, it makes a great deer round. I would suggest upping your selection to a .270, .30-06, or .308. If you are new to deer, it might make a difference, it might not. You'll have many selections in these calibers, and you could consider used to open up an unreal amount of choices.

It's your deal, and I'm not trying to tell you a .243 is not going to produce game, just some other stuff to ponder. For the record, a 20ga is not to bad of a deer gun at close ranges.
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PLEASE do yourself a HUGE favor and stay away from Remington model 770. All it is is a revamped version of the model 710. I've seen too many bad 1s to even THINK about recommending them.

If I was you I'd go with something like the Marlin model XS-7 (1st choice), or the Stevens model 200. Both can be had for around 300$ or less. Then allow an extra 175$ for a Nikon Prostaff 3x-9x-40mm and set of rings. The Marlin comes with bases included.

For the record either the .243 or the 7mm08 (my choice) will both kill any whitetail that ever walked the earth and both are very easy on your shoulder. With you just starting out you don't need something like a 30-06 that MAY induce recoil related shooting mistakes such as flinching.

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Old 04-28-2010, 03:33 AM   #13
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I am not a big 243 white tail fan. Me I would go with the Stevens 200 in 25-06. The quater bore is a very over looked portion of cartridges. Oh and I would avoid that Remington 770 like it had 4 different STD's and the plague dripping off of it. I have looked them and the fit and finish is crap. They also are not as smooth as either the savage or the Howa/ Wearthby Vanguard......

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you said you are open to suggestions so here is one lever action 30-30 I live in Maine and many freezers have been filled by the trusty 30-30. great deer moose and bear medicine.And it may not be perfect for anything it is good at most. it is also a great starting point for you. I've hunted east TN. and I've seen the deer in that area and I can tell you that A 30-30 is more than enough. and a .243 would be fine too. a good model 94 or a marlin 336 would give you the ability to hold more rounds in the gun,they are light weight easy to use and many have never been cared for properly and still preform and go bang every may never find one that will shoot 3 rounds inside a bottle cap but but it will pass the min of deer test every time with hornady lever-evolution ammo.the best part is you can pick up a great used one for under $300 and 3 years from now if you want to sell it guess what still worth the same money you paid because the work and preform well.great pig medicine too
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I would look into a 7mm-08 it has about the same recoil as a .243 but better ballistics.
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If you're still looking for a .243, the ruger American is a very solid choice.
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Originally Posted by karateguy28 View Post
If you're still looking for a .243, the ruger American is a very solid choice.
i am pretty sure that after four years since the OP posted this thread, he has already found something or given up.
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If you go with Savage you can get the Axis XP model in .308 for under 300 bucks & get it at Wal-Mart !...............And you can even get it .243 Win. if thats what your set on.
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