223 or 243

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by pcooper224, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. pcooper224

    pcooper224 New Member

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    i have a question for hunting overall for accuracy, recoil, and such would the 223 or 243 be better?
     
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  2. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    Hunting what? There's plenty of things I would shoot with a .243 that I would not with a .223.

    For absolutely nothing more than versatility, I'd pick a .243 every time.
     

  3. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    If a .223 is legal for large game in your state, I would still go with a .243 MINIMUM. You wanna kill it swiftly, not eventually. :eek:
     
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  4. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    The 243 will do everything a 223 will do, and then some. The only advantage the 223 has is cheap surplus ammo (well, it use to be cheap) can sometimes be found.
     
  5. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    For hunting game up to Whitetail it would be a .243. The .223 has less recoil, but lacks in to many areas to be effective on medium game.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    more bullet choices for the 243. 223 is for target shoting plinking and military applications. its a crappy hunting round.
     
  7. Win73

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    The .223 is okay for varmints but I would not use mine for anything larger than a coyote.
     
  8. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    .243 is great for varmint iv even deer hunted with mine.
     
  9. pcooper224

    pcooper224 New Member

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    i just shot a deer with a 243 but i was just looking for some input about if it is an all around good gun or if the 223 would be better
     
  10. dls56

    dls56 New Member

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    243 for deer is better. Shot placement is always the key factor for clean kills and both calibers can be very accurate.
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I agree with skull. 223 is a varmit round, not a big game round and it's a sorry military round as well. The 243 would be my minimum for deer and it will take care of groundhogs and such just as well as a 223.
     
  12. AK_Riverman

    AK_Riverman New Member

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    I would say the 243win is the minimum caliber choice for hunting hooved animals too, shot placement, reduced ranges and heavy for caliber bullets (100 grain or heavier) will improve your chances of success. Quite a few hunters out here in the bush use it for predator hunting, mostly wolves. It is also the preferred caliber for seal hunting as well. 80 grain bullets work just fine for hunting these kinds of critters.
     
  13. SpikeAR

    SpikeAR New Member

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    .243 all the way. has alot more knock down power than a .223, I've seen elk dropped by them. Like its been said before its all about bullet placement!
     
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  14. Tworr

    Tworr New Member

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    My first rifle was a Winchester Model 70 .243 nearly 23 years ago when I turned 15 and I would highly recommend it as a good all around caliber.

    Shot placement is always key, but out of the dozens of deer I have killed with that .243 over the years, all dropped in their tracks out to 150 - 200 yards. I have a couple of 30.06 now, but I still love to hunt with my .243.

    In fact, I picked up another .243, a Remington Model700 and both will be going to my two children when they are old enough to use them.
     
  15. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    .223..... but thats just because of my extreme fondness of the ruger mini 14 580 model ranch rifle. Don't have the same amount of passion towards any .243 . . just personal preff.
     
  16. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    I have a .223 Rem, i personally use it for pigs and coyotes and nothing bigger
    i would go with the .243 for the range of game it can take that the .223 cannot compare to
     
  17. glock2740

    glock2740 New Member

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    I agree. The .243 can do anything the .223 can, but not the other way around.
     
  18. deth502

    deth502 New Member

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    i only read the first 10 posts here, but i agree with every one of them 100%, so theres nothing more for me to add here.:cool:
     
  19. Kaptin

    Kaptin New Member

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    I have used both for deer hunting, they both will kill a deer with no problem. It is perfectly legeal and common to use a 223 for deer hunting in Texas. I think most people that say a 223 is not a good deer round have never used one for hunting deer, or live in a state that requires a larger caliber by law
    The big advantage the 243 has is more energy down range. IMO
     
  20. Ronbo

    Ronbo New Member

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    I chose .223 because my son is planning to get an ar15 when he returns from Kuwait and i wanted to hunt varmints with him and target shoot at similar ranges together. The economy of ammunition is also a key factor in my choice.

    I took my deer with it this year with a direct heart shot at 177 laser measured yards, but the lack of bullet exit makes me think i may have been at the outside edge of the best range. The bullet was a textbook mushroom. With that in mind, i will probably get a .243 and give the .223 to my wife so we can shoot those together along with the .22 rimfires we love so much for plinking and target practice.

    I do truly enjoy my .223, but have no confidence that a person hunting deer with a once a year rifle sight-in should be using it. I am not that person. I shoot a lot.