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Old 09-20-2007, 08:49 PM
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.243 Potential

Hi Guys ,I am fairly new here and would like to here your input on the potential of the .243 Winchester and herring about you experience with this caliber for hunting deer and sheep size game.I currently have a Finnish made Browning with factory heavy barrel that I have used to take a few deer and coyotes with however have not had an opportunity to use it over 150 yards.I have not yet begun to hand load for it but would be interested in both your input and experience with the .243.

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Old 09-20-2007, 09:51 PM
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You wont go wrong with it. As I have posted in many hunt forums, we have 14yo's here in Colo who regulalry take bull and cow elk with the .243. So dont let an expert tell ya it's sub-calibre. You may try it with Hornady Light Magnums if you fear you are under powered. But believe me, you are not.

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:44 AM
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IMO the 243/6mm is the Hammer of Thor on deer sized game. I have been shooting deer with it since I was 12 and it is still my goto gun for deer and antelope. I had a 6mmRem when I lived in Alaska (still have it) and shot several caribou with it up to 350ish yards with fabulous results. A load that I stumbled on for it was a stout load of 4350 behind a Speer 105gr spitzer; I used that for a long time. Since then I found a load of Rel-19 behind a 85gr Rem cor-lok is too accurate in my gun to ignore. Between the two loads me and my kids have shot 3 caribou, 4 antelope, dozens of deer, two elk...gophers...fox...coyote...some out to the 400 yard area. Not meant to flame but I think the 234/6mm is a little small for elk (I won't do it again). Before that, my folks used 243's for deer hunting in Utah and Oregon and shot a few deer waaaay out there, including some BIG bucks.

Of the standard calibers, I think the 243/6mmRem is about perfect for deer sized animals and under. In about two weeks I should have some photos of my daughter and an antelope for proof; if everything goes as planned.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:21 PM
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well i use to think of the 243 as a child/ women rifle after taking a deer with one i now have 3 firearms in 243 win. a remington VLS a encore pro hunter pistol and a custom encore rifle with 21 inch Shilen barrel
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:51 PM
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Great input guys,thanks

Blackco would like to here more on the loads you use,I have found a couple of loads that look pretty good,but would have to try them and see what my rifle likes.

SDW
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:02 PM
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BLACKO sounds like your lucky that your daughter is interested in hunting or maybe she is that you want her go with you .2 of my sons hunt the encore is for my 12 year old grandson
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:42 PM
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It sounds like we all are pretty lucky.I have been taking my 2 boys out for 3 years now and this year my eldest.12,can hunt .We went out today and he was shooting my .243 and he was popping balloons out to 150 yards.It was his first time shooting a high power rifle and considering the weight of my .243 ( 11 lbs) and only using field positions I think he did alright.I will have to get a shooting stick for him though as he was saying how hard it was to hold steady.
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