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Effective hunting range of .243 win

Wasn't able to find any threads about .243 win when I did a search. So here it goes.

When I es in Wyoming last year a local guide took a bull elk at 320yds with his 243 win . What's the effective hunting range with a .243 win for coyote to whitetail? I've always been curious on this since I have a die set and some 100 gr hornady hp's already and can get a good deal on a savage. Not looking to shoot a 1000 yds. But wondering what are they capable of?
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    Re: Effective hunting range of .243 win

    spitin 105 coyote at 1000 would be dead and deer to 700 or 800 not out of the question. elk are a whole different story.
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    Re: Effective hunting range of .243 win

    +1 was shooting 100gr Sierra SPBTs at 3050fps for a backup deer rifle and was confident out to 700yds with it.
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    I'm not going to try bashing the 243, but a good friend that I grew up with used one for years with good success on whitetail. That is until he learned how to shoot beyond 250 yards, in North central Washington long shots were the norm.
    Anyway he lost a deer at 300 yards with a rear shoulder hit, and barely recovered another with a lung shot at just over 300. He still whacks tons of coyotes with that 243 but he switched to a 7mm mag for the Mullies and Whitetail.

    I know the 243 can be stretched out there, but if it was me I'd look into one of the 6.5's for deer beyond 350 yards. Wounding an animal sucks, a little bit of error and that 100 grain bullet isn't going to make it through a shoulder bone like a 140 at long range. Just something to think about when considering those long shots..
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    I'm not going to try bashing the 243, but a good friend that I grew up with used one for years with good success on whitetail. That is until he learned how to shoot beyond 250 yards, in North central Washington long shots were the norm.
    Anyway he lost a deer at 300 yards with a rear shoulder hit, and barely recovered another with a lung shot at just over 300. He still whacks tons of coyotes with that 243 but he switched to a 7mm mag for the Mullies and Whitetail.

    I know the 243 can be stretched out there, but if it was me I'd look into one of the 6.5's for deer beyond 350 yards. Wounding an animal sucks, a little bit of error and that 100 grain bullet isn't going to make it through a shoulder bone like a 140 at long range. Just something to think about when considering those long shots..
    I don't know about a 100gr not busting through a whitetail shoulder at 350. Their shoulders are pretty thin, at 350yds the .243 with a Sierra 100gr SPBT has close to 1200lbs of energy and is going around 2300fps at my altitude. That's the same energy as a .30-30 at 100yds and more velocity than a .30-30 at the muzzle! And everyone knows how many deer the Winchester .30-30 has killed!
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    Re: Effective hunting range of .243 win

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    I'm not going to try bashing the 243, but a good friend that I grew up with used one for years with good success on whitetail. That is until he learned how to shoot beyond 250 yards, in North central Washington long shots were the norm.
    Anyway he lost a deer at 300 yards with a rear shoulder hit, and barely recovered another with a lung shot at just over 300. He still whacks tons of coyotes with that 243 but he switched to a 7mm mag for the Mullies and Whitetail.

    I know the 243 can be stretched out there, but if it was me I'd look into one of the 6.5's for deer beyond 350 yards. Wounding an animal sucks, a little bit of error and that 100 grain bullet isn't going to make it through a shoulder bone like a 140 at long range. Just something to think about when considering those long shots..

    What he said. coyotes you can kill them at 1000 all day.
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    Re: Effective hunting range of .243 win

    Alright guys. Thanks for the input. Think I'll buy the savage.
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