my son once shot a deer at 65 yards with the .270 - broke both shoulders spine and lodged just under the hide I'm thinking this is a legitimate 300 yard deer gun Yes? .
Just my 2 cents on this topic.
I have shot many deer with small bullets with better kills than big bullets. then you have the old timers stand by method
of you got to shoot them deer in the front shoulder to put them down,bull.
what is the part that has the most waste or meat that you don't eat on a deer? the ribs yes.what is behind them ?
lungs vital organs. what vital organs do you hit with a shoulder shot? most of the time none.
back to the main topic and bad rep on the 243 etc. is the 243 a bone crusher and made to blast the front shoulders of deer?heck no.
then we have post like one that states a 243 recked my hunt and had to borrow a 30-06 to fill the hunt. it's so easy to blame
the gun for a bad shot or?? than to stand up to the plate a say I messed up. I had to go 3/4 mile to get a deer I shot a couple years
ago with a 270 and 110 hp.Why? I messed up in a hurry.it was about 40 yards away in the corn and I had to act fast,I forgot that it shoots 2"+
low at that range and did a neck shot straight on,I messed up.All the deer I shoot are with light bullets and they do big damage to a deer's
ribs and lungs broadside and the same as for neck shots.Why use light bullets aren't you supposed to use big heavy bullets? yea if you want a small hole all the way like an arrow. my method is the 70-85 bullets for 243 and 85-87 for 257 Roberts and the biggest I use is 110 for 270 win.
I only do rib shots and back bone. neck shots. another thing on this topic was energy, how much energy was used up as that 180 grain sailed on through the deer?
not much.now you take lets say our topic gun the 243 win with a 70 grain and shoot your deer in the ribs or neck and that bullet explodes with major damage and stops in the deer. how much energy was used here?yes that deer took every bit of energy that the 243 had to hand out.and none was wasted by the bullet passing through the deer.About 40 yds is the farthest that I have had a deer run on a good rib shot
after you toss a 70 grain grenade in the lungs of a deer they don't go far but down. neck shots and back bone shots again toss a 70 grain grenade
in and it makes a big hole and down for the count. I would not trade the 243 win or 257 roberts for a dozen 7mags or 300 mag or whatever.
The 243 is a very good deer killing gun!My boy 12 shot his fist deer this year one shot with yes another one of those 243 winchesters.
He has watched and learned for years before he was old enough to hunt by himself so he knows how and where to shoot them.
shot placement and hit your mark is key!!!! If you screw up as we all do from time to time step up to the plate and take the heat for it and don't shoot your deer in the foot then pass it of as the junk gun won't kill a deer