.243 bullet weight and or style.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Ben91, May 31, 2012.

  1. Ben91

    Ben91 New Member

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    Currently i am using a .243 with 100gr soft tip boat tails. Now i'll use those for target. But i want to make some hunting rounds. Right now i only hunt white tails. Does anyone have any advice on weight and type of bullet? Thanks.
     
  2. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    That same bullet should be fine for deer.
    cottontop
     

  3. Werminator

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    My father has used 100gr soft points for years and years with much success... Many times on some very good shots... This past fall he dropped a nice 4 point (body looked more like an average 8 point!) from a bit shy of 200 yards through some brush... I accidentally grabbed some 85gr softpoints but my 8 pointer dropped in his tracks... not a single step... no suffering... just done...
     
  4. Ben91

    Ben91 New Member

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    Its good to hear that someone syas that this round is ok. The only reason that i was doubting them is that i read somewhere that 150 was the lightest you should use on white tail.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    IF you were shooting 30 cal bullets, 150s would be good. Eastern Whitetail is a smaller animal than Mulies, and a .243 with 100s works just fine.
     
  6. BlueTurf

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    The 100-grain bullet will be fine for the deer you are talking about. I had no problem taking down a three-point mule deer with my .243 and a 105-grain bullet.
     
  7. Werminator

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    I have a friend who hunts Elk with the 100gr Hornady Custom rounds... and with great success... As long as you do your job, the .243 will do its job... As I said, 85gr soft points brought my 8 pointer down with a quickness...
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've killed several dozen antelope and a few mule deer with one shot with a 6MM Remington and Speer 85 grain softpoints.

    Know your weapon, stalk to within a reasonable range, take a near perfect shot, and they'll go down in their tracks.
     
  9. Intheshop

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    I've had VG results with plain base,100 G softip spitzers.And just the std hunting variety.....never seen the need for the more $$ type of bullets up to Deer sized critters.Not saying they aren't worth it......just that the plain base makes for an easier "build" for bullet makers.

    I'm generally more of a Sierra Gameking kinda guy....we've had VG wound channels with the Speers in this cal. enough that they're our "go-to" hunting 100g.

    Sierra does get the nod for the 85 grainers......they are great bullets in a .243
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    105 gr softpoints is what we use to use for deer hunting and had very good luck with them. for target shooting, try some boat tail fmj bullets or hollow points. 243 makes a very good target caliber as a person could shoot it all day long and not get beat up from the recoil. the 243 is a very versatile smaller caliber, that with lighter bullets makes a decent varmint caliber but with the heavier bullets will work well on smaller deer sized game.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Generally a boat tail is less reliable in game than a flat base. A flat base should retain weight better. For small whitetail, you are probably fine.
     
  12. BlueTurf

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    Like with any other round used for hunting, shot placement is the first consideration. It is not wise to try to make up for a poorly-placed shot with a heavier bullet. A good shot with a 100-grain bullet out of a .243 will stop a deer in its tracks.