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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 12:21 PM
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Go up to the small caliber forum and read all the reply's to the 22 center fire and deer hunting.
Got a 243 and loven it for deer hunting.

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Yeah I've been following that thread...I'm shocked that its so contentious. But there are those that believe that the center fire .22 is a great deer rifle.

Bare minimum caliber... The .243 is my bare minimum. 8)

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post #32 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-06-2016, 03:27 PM
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.243 took this elk 2 weeks ago.

It's ALL about proper bullets and placement.

Oh yeah, it was one shot at 134 yds and travelled maybe 15 feet before it tipped over...can't tell me that the .243 is marginal for deer.
Go out and actually put one to use before you judge it.
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when i was a kid, bout 60+yrs ago.....i had an old
singleshot bolt central arms .243.
and it payed its way for over 10 years hunting the bayou
swamps of Fourchon La.
with an unlimited known number of deer, hog and cat taken.


like previously said.....its where you put the bullet is what counts

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just because I want a deer, elk, bear gun, I have a 257 weatherby mag. I'm old now, so I don't want my ars handed to me with a hard kicking gun and I want a flat shooting gun because I can't walk any more. I've killed both deer and elk with 257 with nosler partitions. it kicks about like my old 270.
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I have burned out several 243 barrels, absolutely love shooting the cartridge. My 6MM Remington is still on it's first barrel put on it in 1981. This partly is because I hunt with it, don't treat it like a target cartridge like I will a 243 though it is a tackdriver but the sharper shoulder and long neck protects the throat better than the funnel shape shoulder and short neck of the 243. My next 243 barrel will be the 243 AI, hopefully this will provide a case with less trimming and more barrel life. But the truth is the 6MM and 243 have given quick kills on deer but are not my choice for night hunting feral hogs.

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AH HA! A kindred spirit! ;D The 243, while a great coyote cartridge, is marginal for deer! No doubt about it!

It's always been a wonder to me why the 25's are so much better then the 24's... :-\ I mean we're only talking a bullet .014 inch in diameter bigger here! But facts are facts! The quarter bore is a killer it is! ;D The 24's... not so much.



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The difference between the 24 and the 25 is the same as the 25 and the 26. Bullet's! My 243 I've never shot a hundred gr bullet through but have 87 gr. Didn't chronograph them. 117 gr bullet's from my 25-06 clock at 3079fps. According to my Hornady manual the 243 will get 3000fps with the 100gr bullet. The 25-06 exceedes it a bit but with a 17 gr heavier bullet. I believe that hevier bullet is stouter than the 100gr bullet. I have killed deer with the 100gr 25 cal bullet pushing 3300fps measured and it jurks the life right out of a deer, also destroy's everything it comes in contact with and a good area all around it, the 117 doesn't do that and seldom drops a deer where it stands. 117 enters amd the deer usually walk around less than ten yds and they just fall down. The key is not so much bullet dia as it is bullet construction! If all I had to shoot a deer with was a 22 RF it would be easy. But not much room for area and ya need to be close! May also be illegal in your state, is in mine!
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Go out and actually put one to use before you judge it.
I'm glad this thread got brought up again! I can't believe Titanium suggested that I am lacking experience in the area of killing deer with a 243! He might just as well have questioned my ancestral ethnicity, parentage and hinted that my birth was under unfortunate circumstances!

I have in fact killed many deer with the 243! Probably as many, or more, with that cartridge as any other! As a matter of fact, I'll hopefully dispatch at lease one more with the 243 as I have a Handi in that cartridge that I've never hunted with!

So, in short, I have about a 40 + year history of putting that darn good coyote cartridge to use!

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I'm glad this thread got brought up again! I can't believe Titanium suggested that I am lacking experience in the area of killing deer with a 243! He might just as well have questioned my ancestral ethnicity, parentage and hinted that my birth was under unfortunate circumstances!

I have in fact killed many deer with the 243! Probably as many, or more, with that cartridge as any other! As a matter of fact, I'll hopefully dispatch at lease one more with the 243 as I have a Handi in that cartridge that I've never hunted with!

So, in short, I have about a 40 + year history of putting that darn good coyote cartridge to use!

So there!
Now Richard.. Titanium was just reacting.. you can put that big knife down... :tango_face_wink :

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He might just as well have questioned my ancestral ethnicity, parentage and hinted that my birth was under unfortunate circumstances!
It's that "Gentleman" part of your signature that is the question at the bar...
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I have hunted with a 243 for 25 years and have yet to loose a Deer It's not how big your packing it's all comes down to a bad shot is a bad shot and they run seems forever. Place that shot I'd rather let one go than to take a bad shot and loose the Deer

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