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

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  1. venado

    venado New Member

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    I´ve got about an extra $300 so I´m thinking about picking up a .243 (or something like that) to go deer hunting with. Since I´m pretty much totally ignorant as far as guns go (the only guns I´ve even owned were a .22 and a 20 guage for squirrel hunting) I figured maybe someone could give me some suggestions. I´ll probably just be hunting around the woods/fields where I live in East TN. I just say that I´m looking for a .243 because I figure anything smaller might not do the job so other ideas would be welcome.

    Also, while your at it, you could suggest where I should try to find the gun. [The .22 I bought from a little gun shop and I think I got ripped off pretty badly and the 20 guage was from Wal-Mart ($80!).]

    Thanks.
     
  2. venado

    venado New Member

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

    I´ve got about an extra $300 so I´m thinking about picking up a .243 (or something like that) to go deer hunting with. Since I´m pretty much totally ignorant as far as guns go (the only guns I´ve even owned were a .22 and a 20 guage for squirrel hunting) I figured maybe someone could give me some suggestions. I´ll probably just be hunting around the woods/fields where I live in East TN. I just say that I´m looking for a .243 because I figure anything smaller might not do the job so other ideas would be welcome.

    Also, while your at it, you could suggest where I should try to find the gun. [The .22 I bought from a little gun shop and I think I got ripped off pretty badly and the 20 guage was from Wal-Mart ($80!).]

    Thanks.
     

  3. JonM

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    my suggestion is to irst go take a hunter safety course. you do not need a rifle to take such a course. this will allow you to speak with other hunters in your area and get a good idea of what sort of rifle works well in your terrain.

    my preferred deer round is 458 caliber but rifles chambered in such tend to bust the 300$ limit you have set for yourself. my second choice would be my ruger .44mag carbine.
     
  4. venado

    venado New Member

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    I took a hunter´s safety course a few years back and I remember one guy I went deer hunting with usually uses a .243 but on that ocasion he actually lent me his .223 which took my deer down easily with one shot. Keeping my price limitations in mind, are you saying that the Ruger .44mag carbine is my best choice? I just took a look on GunsAmerica and it looks like they can be more in the $500-$700 range.
     
  5. jeepcreep927

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    As mentioned above, hit up a hunters' safety class.

    As far as a rifle goes, Stevens 200 will be just under 3 bills, Marlin's XS7 Youth is just over as is Mossberg's 100 ATR. I have a Steven's 200 and it's not a pretty rifle, but it does shoot. .243 is an excellent choice.

    Good luck.
    A little late as you were typing while I was... .22 calibers are NOT deer worthy. You might have gotten lucky before, but the 6mm's are pretty much minimum standard.
     
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  6. Wambli

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    A Stevens is in your price range and it's a nice working gun but you do understand you need another few $$$s for a scope right? Are you expecting a $300 rilfe and scope combo? Shop the big box sporting goods stores like Academy and Dick's and look for specials. Also go through the used gun racks at the local gun stores. Sometimes you find some jewels for very little money.

    BTW a .243 will be fine for what you need. A .223 shoots them just as dead with the proper bullet selection too but if you go that way you have to make sure you get a rifle with a fast rifling twist to handle the heavier .223 bullets that are suitable for deer.
     
  7. Poink88

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    I just bought a .308 Weatherby Vanguard for $395...a bit over your budget but I think well worth the extra $100.

    BTW, the close contender was a .270 caliber.

    On top of that, you also need to budget for a scope.
     
  8. bgeddes

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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.
     
  9. stalkingbear

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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.



     
  10. cpttango30

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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......

    Then look at spending about $200 for glass and $75 on mounts and rings.

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    Nikon 4-12x40mm ProStaff Matte Riflescopes 6324 / 6325 FREE S&H 6324, 6325. Nikon Riflescopes.

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  11. rp5232

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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 time.you 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
     
  12. SRK97

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    I would look into a 7mm-08 it has about the same recoil as a .243 but better ballistics.
     
  13. c3shooter

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    Gents- Zombie thread- check the date, please.
     
  14. karateguy28

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    If you're still looking for a .243, the ruger American is a very solid choice.
     
  15. Axxe55

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    i am pretty sure that after four years since the OP posted this thread, he has already found something or given up.
     
  16. 303tom

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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.
     
  17. JTJ

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    Reading and comprehending seems to be lost art.
     
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