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Is anyone using a 243 barrel for both varmint and deer size game. I am thinking of getting one and trying it out. I have a 7mm08 or should say will have a brand new one when it gets back from Thompson. I sent it back cause the weld was breaking on the barrel lug. Anyways I am thinking of getting rid of both my 223 and 7mm08 and having the one barrel to do both..What can you tell me......
 

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I THINK I would keep the other barrels AND get the 243! the 223 is good for all kinds of little critters.Also usefull for teaching new shooters with out the recoil of larger calibers. The 7-08 is better for larger game than the 243 because of heavier bullets available to load it with.Last but far from least,WHO wants only ONE barrel to play with?? Happy new year! jh
 

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Hi, I have a factory 15" Encore barrel in .243 Winchester. It has a 1 in 10 twist which will not stabilize 100gr bullets (factory or relaods) to my satisfaction. Go to Real Guns.com if you want to use their free program to determine what twist you need for heavier .243 bullets. The barrel will hold 1" +/- @ 100 yds with lighter 80 - 85 gr bullets.

I switched to the .260 Remington with a 1 in 8 twist using 120 gr bullets for deer. This will hold 1" +/- @ 100 yds. and has proven satisfactory.

I hope this helps, Good Luck, Rol
 

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I shot two deer with a T/C Encore with a 15in. .243 this year. The first was about 10 feet from the base of my treestand. The other was at about 65-70 yards. The first one I just shot down through it's spine and kept on hunting. The second one was another story. The deer came in behind me, stood broadside looking back over it's opposite shoulder. This gun will shoot sub 1 1/2 'groups at 100 yards. I braced the gun against the tree, squeezed the trigger, and this deer hunched up, kicked at it's side like it was hit hard, and ran off with it's head and tail both down. Well, the first blood didn't show up till after about 80 yards, and the deer was alot further then that. The 90gr. bullet hit a couple of inches above the heart and sealed back up. This is a relitivly small fast bullet. I have had bigger bullets hit further off the mark and knock deer right off thier feet. I love my .243 rifle, but decided to trade off my Encore barrel and got a larger caliber.
 

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Big T,

I'm thinking that your 7-08 may do well with varmints using 100 grain Hornadys. They are accurate (3 shots, 1.5 inches, 200 yards) out of my Super 14 7-30 Waters barrel and the nice thing is I don't have to change my zero when using them or the Hornady 139 SSTs that I use for deer.

Blessings!

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I agree, my first deer with my .308 Encore shot at 195 yds, went about 600yds because the bullet didn't perform at the low velocity. I have not had any trouble since I changed to a bullet designed for handgun velocities.
 
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