Varmint rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by tnel74, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. tnel74

    tnel74 New Member

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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
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     

  3. 7mmstw

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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.
     
  4. tnel74

    tnel74 New Member

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    What savage model do you have?
     
  5. tnel74

    tnel74 New Member

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    What model of savage do you have??
     
  6. 7mmstw

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    I own 5. A 114 ultra, 11, 12bvss, and two 110s as well as a 93
     
  7. godale

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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
     
  8. tnel74

    tnel74 New Member

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    How is the 11?
     
  9. godale

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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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  11. 762

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    .243 is a great deer hunting caliber like the other dudes have noted. i plan on buying a sporter rifle in .243 so i dont have to lug my 700P through the woods anymore. my grandpa has been killing deer with the same .243 since the early 90's.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    sadly i am lacking a 243 right now and need one back into my collection. it just doesn't seem quite proper to me to not have one. i still have dies and plenty of brass and bullets, so definately need one!

    the 243 was the first centerfire rifle i learned to shoot as a youngster. my father still has that Winchester M70 in 243. i had the opportunity last year to clean it up for him and mount a new scope on it for him, after it had been sitting idle in his safe for over fifteen years and not being shot. well i cleaned that rifle up and mounted a new scope on it and got to shoot it for the first time in over 30 years since i left home. that rifle is still amazingly accurate and brought a lot of memories back. hunting deer with that rifle, target shooting and learning to shoot with that rifle and lots of good times spent with my father when i was young. fond memories.
     
  13. tnel74

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    Got the hunter xp and ordered a vortex diamondback 4-12x40 ao. Might up grade the trigger later as it is not the accutrigger! Thanks for all the replies!