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Old 12-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #41
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I love the .243 for deer hunting. I realize that I am probally jinxing myself but I have never had any results other than DRT when i have killed deer with mine.I have used various calibers including 30-30, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-06 and others yet I find myself using the .243 more than any of them. Granted the deer in NC are not the biggest in the USA

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Where a larger caliber helps is when things go wrong. I killed a small button buck this season with a shotgun. I aimed for his neck at about 35 yards. I fired and bam the lil fellow goes down right there. I walked up to the deer and to my amazement I had gut shot the deer. When I got done cleaning the deer I inspected my shotgun. The rear scope ring had broken. If I had been shooting a 243 when this happened I doubt I would have found the deer. Even though I hit the deer in a bad place his lungs were jello.

I know most of you are better hunters than I am. Your equipment never breaks. You only shoot in areas that are free of limbs and brush that might deflect your bullet. I am not that good of a hunter. My equipment breaks. I am undisciplined and take shots where there are limbs and brush that might deflect a bullet, especially a 243. So to make up for my weaknesses I hunt with a shotgun slug or a 30/06. I choose rounds that make up for my imperfections.

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Old 12-21-2012, 04:14 PM   #43
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Despite what some say about the physics being all wrong and other garbage, the .243 has plenty of power to get the job done regardless of whether or not your shot is perfect or not. Many of our kids use the .243 as their first caliber for deer hunting and we all know sometimes our kids dont make perfect shots. I personally use a .243 from time to time and its never let me down. Ever.

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Say what you want about any caliber, it is all in bullet placement in most cases. I am not saying you can take A Bear with A 22lr. I have taken deer, pigs out to 300 yards give or take, with A 243 loaded with 100gr sp powered with 42gr of 4831 or 34gr of 3031 depending on what I have. Both will shoot in the same hole at 100 yds. I can see A place for the 300 mags but no where I hunt. I want to gut & cut up myself after shooting the animal. As some one said to many hunters try to make up for bad marksmanship by using A bigger gun. Now if I want to shoot A 1000 or so yards I will break out the 338 Lapua & get er done!!!

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Bring up the .243 and deer hunting and you can be guaranteed to get the "marginal" round for deer crowd. As others have said its not true at all. There are thousands of deer harvested every year with a .243. Plenty of gun for most of the country I would guess.

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There are thousands of deer poached by a 22lr every year, does that qualify it a 'good' deer caliber.
Do your research with an OPEN MIND and you will find out the truth!!!

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There are thousands of deer poached by a 22lr every year, does that qualify it a 'good' deer caliber.
Do your research with an OPEN MIND and you will find out the truth!!!

Some threads are like warts. They come back. Let's not get this worn out subject going again.
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There are thousands of deer poached by a 22lr every year, does that qualify it a 'good' deer caliber.
Do your research with an OPEN MIND and you will find out the truth!!!
What research do you need? The .243 / .22lr is not a valid analogy.
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My son with his first deer. I started him with the 243 when he was 12 years old. He is 19 now and I've lost track of the deer he and I have both killed with it. Bullet selection is important with this caliber, don't choose a flyweight varmint bullet to deer hunt with and you will be just fine.
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I've hunted deer with a .223. Seemed more than adequate. All about shot placement.

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