My Fiance has a .243 Win 700 SPS rifle. She would like to have some work done to it and make it her Long range rifle for coyotes, rabbits, and deer. She figures that it would be the perfect rifle for her to learn and better understand long range shooting before she invests into a larger caliber. Her question to me which Iam hoping you guys could answer is this, " Should I keep it a .243 Win or would a different caliber work better for what I want?". What do you guys think?
+1 what winmagman said. Range is the limit for the .243 when it comes to deer. For varmints and predators she should be good to go with only her abilities being the limiting factor as she learns. The .243 is an ideal cartridge to start out with. It's accurate, economical to run and the recoil is light.
I shot the .243 all summer at groundhogs and my success rate rose as the bullets weight did. I started out with the 65gn V-Max and ended the year with the 95gn Ballistic Tip. The heavier pills definately hold up better at the longer ranges. I'm pretty sure I could kill a deer at 500yds with my .243 but I have a lot of time behind a lot of triggers. I know my dad made it look pretty easy but that's all he shot for 25 + years. JohnnyK.
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Put a muzzle break on it, and it will kick less that the 243!
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