for me, I dont see the .243 win as a first choice deer rifle, with the exception of youth hunters, women and recoil sensitive people. I have one and can see myself using it next year a little, but the shots must be perfect and the ranges close. I would say that I wouldnt be comfortable outside 200 yards. I say this but Ive seen a few video's of guys taking deer out at ranges way beyond 200 yards (i was impressed). All I can say is that there is zero margin for error with the .243 win at long range. I do however know that Im going to be scolded thoroughly for saying it.
If you use a good hunting bullet, I would say 500yds for deer.
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I don't shoot a 243, but both my son and I shoot 6mm Remingtons which are very close to the 243 in performance. With a great bullet like the Nolser Partition (95 & 100gr), the E-tip (90 gr), and the new to be released Accubond (90 gr), I think with a very accurate rifle, good conditions, and a good rest, 500 yards would be a good maximum distance.
I've taken lots of deer, antelope, and one spike bull with the 6mm and 100 gr. Partition and it's always performed very well for me.
What's its effective range? How many of you guys use one for deer hunting? What load?
Its a good deer caliber. Many seem to forget it has the same muzzle energy as the "old" 30-30...and look how many deer have been killed with that thing....PLUS it has the additional feature of being very flat shooting. Zero'd in correctly it shoot dead on out to 300 yds...and I sure wouldnt be afraid to tackle a deer sized animal at that distance.
I have a Rem 700 in 243 with a cut down stock. I'm 6'+, but I use it for whitetail when its REALLY cold and I have A LOT of clothes on. I don't really consider mine as a long range option, it has a short barrel.
The 90gr Nosler ballistic tip has been a very very good deer bullet for me.
I wouldn't hesitate to use it on any deer at 300 or less.
I have much better options for longer ranges.
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