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Unread 09-24-2007, 07:00 PM
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like these guys are saying you can't go wrong. i shoot the 243 wssm and it's great, but ammo prices suck, that's y i handload. but the two deer i've shot with it so far buckled and went down without a twitch. plus it has the ability to reach out and touch'm without the shoulder pounding kick.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 10:34 AM
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These are for my 6mm Remington, I don't know if they will help you or not.

These loads work in my gun ONLY!!! They may be hot in other guns!!!

The loads I found that worked in my gun are:
Speer 105gr Spire point flat base over 43gr IMR4350 and

80gr Rem cor-loc? (the cheap bulk bullets) over 49gr R-19

Both of these loads I stumbled on due to cheap components or stuff I had on hand and wanted practice ammo. I have great luck with the Speer bullets in everything from fox and gophers to caribou. I bought a buch of the 80gr bullets as practice ammo for my kids because it was so cheap but it was so accurate I also use it for hunting. It will hold 3/4 inch in my gun all day and about 1 1/4 inches in my daughters Rem788. Those are about as good as it gets for both guns.

Something you might want to consider is having your gun bored out to either 243AI or 6mmAI. The 6mmAI gets a big boost from the AI improvment. I was going to have it done to my gun but my barrel is too shot out to make it worth it.

Good luck with yours, it is a great cartridge.
Dead Beat, I am the lucky one. All four of my kids like hunting (2-boys 2-girls) . My youngest, she's 12 now and hunted (shot) the first time last year (2 deer), has been with me a lot since she was 4. The first time I took her out to a friend's ranch she was 4, I shot a doe real close to the car so she would have a good time and be able to see everything happening. When we got back to the house she ran in told her mom, "guess what, daddy got a deer and I got to hold the leg while daddy GUT it!" She was tickled butit didn't even compare to dad.

Sorry I got onto my kids hunting and a little off topic. Didn't mean to hijack.
Genises 27-3: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison...

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Unread 09-25-2007, 04:26 PM
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Dead Beat

What kind of scope mount is on your 243 Encore ?


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Unread 09-25-2007, 08:32 PM
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redbone im gonna start a thread new post about the rifle

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Unread 09-26-2007, 06:36 PM
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Gday Hagar,

My dad has been shooting with a .243 for many years now and never had any problems with the caliber. He has now given it to me and I have been using it for goats and it works beautifully. Not so long ago we were out goat hunting and were forced to take some shots about 200 meters up a very steep cliff/hill face. I took one shot with an 80gr SP projectile (winchester factory loads) and hit a decent sized billy in the chest, he dropped without any problems at all. Having said this, would not really want to shoot too far beyond that at risk of an inhumane kill. As far as shooting deer with it, shot placement would be important and it would be wise to use the 100gr projectiles. Im not sure how large and tough your American deer can get but for smaller sized deer, shouldnt have a problem taking them down with it.

Take care mate.
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Unread 09-26-2007, 11:22 PM
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Thanks for the input guys.Herring of you success with a .243 at longer ranges is great info.I will be using 100 sp factory loads this season and my start reloading this winter.I have taken a few whitetail and mule deer but nothing over 100 yards so far.

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Unread 09-27-2007, 01:39 PM
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Katie is 4 for 4 on whitetails at now 14 years old her firts was at 11. 80 yard doe, lung shot 100 yards death run, 125 yard doe base of neck, dropped like a rock, 75 yard doe had to trail this one a lil while liver shot( I dont think she was as comfortable with the sticks as she made out to be, deer was recovered) 142 yard 8 point 100 death run on a perfect double lung shot...she shoots rem factory ammo with 90gr Sirroco's. Not a great buck but a first buck is a first buck...

Hunting Pictures - Kties first buck!

Hunting Pictures - Kties first buck!

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