Re: Effective hunting range of .243 win
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..