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.243 or 7mm-08??

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

I have a .243 and a 7mm-08. Im 4' 11'' and 100 lbs

The 7mm-08 i shoot 140-162 grain bullets out of a 5.5 lbs gun and it has quite a bit of recoil.

The .243 we shoot 80-100 grain bullets in a 6 lb gun and the .243 has noticeably less recoil.

I love both calibers but for cous and antelope the .243 would be my choice.

Also, if you want something different, howbout a 257 Roberts? We have a Ruger M77 in 257 rob and we shoot the 80 grain ttsx at 3284 fps with 1/3 MOA accuracy with NO WORK TO THE GUN!! The 257 Rob is probably my favorite cartridge out of all the other cartridges that i have ever shot (which is 13 if i remeber correctly).
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:19 AM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

Thank you for all the responses. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:50 AM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

You have picked two good calibers but you left out one important bit of information has she shot before? I have taken game with both calibers but the 7mm-08 will give her a little less trouble with shot placement than the .243 plus the wide variety of bullet weights also gives it the edge. My wife shot her first whitetail with her 7-08 and has never looked back and if recoil is a concern then a muzzle brake will tame that problem and there are many nice light weight rifles out there to choose from Rem. model 7& Tikka T3 Lite to name a couple and if you handload then a 140 Berger Hunting VLD will handle anything she wants to harvest.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:23 AM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

She's shot maybe 50-60 rounds off the bench with my 22.250. I would give her a "good" grade. Not excellent but certainly not bad. She has no real world hunting experience with a rifle though. I would say a forgiving rifle would be a plus until she becomes more experienced.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:33 AM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

Sounds like for now the 243 might be a little more prudent choice just for it's ability to be shot well. I wouldn't worry about it's performance either as the saying goes,"The 243 kills better than it should" just be sure to let her shoulder as may as possible before buying so it fits well and feels natural.
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

Interesting thread. I thought the 7-08 at first glance would be the overwhelming recommendation.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:09 PM
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Re: .243 or 7mm-08??

my $0.02 worth:

Recoil includes bullet weight as part of the equation. If you reload, get her the 7mm-08, load some 110 or 120 gr bullets at about 2600 fps. It will have the same 'felt' recoil as the 243 with factory ammo. Then, if she decides to step up and go after larger game at longer distances, you can develop a load to match the circumstances.

Yes, I know Kit Carson shot a 7x7 bull elk at 600 yds with his trusty 243, but most people aren't him.
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