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Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

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Unread 02-21-2007, 07:55 PM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

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Unread 02-21-2007, 09:17 PM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

I know a 80gr. soft point killed a forked horn white tail at 427 out of a 243 and he only ran 20 or so yards. This bullet passed completly through the animal with a behind the shoulder shot.
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Unread 02-21-2007, 09:34 PM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

243 Win with factory loads?
Honestly I would not be comfortable at anything over 450-500 yards.
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Unread 02-22-2007, 08:48 PM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

fairly certain i couldnt stop a bullet from a 243 at 500 yards. and im quite a bit thicker than any deer ive ever seen!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Unread 02-23-2007, 07:47 AM
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The Hornady \"Custom\" 100g BTSP factory loads ...

are the most accurate factory 243 loads that I have ever witnessed. Last year I shot a 700 and a Win Model 70 with them after the guns were bedded, etc and the rifles shot 1/2" groups with the factory fodder...Hornady did a very good job with their ammo. I pulled the bullets, load was 42.3g of H4350. I duplicated that load in my 700 with the bullet touching the lands and shot a clover leaf with the bullets touching at 100.

Now as far as distance you can kill with that load.

Several years ago, after shooting p. dogs on a ranch that covered 63 sections of land, I got to shoot my speed goats. I shot them with a custom 223 loaded with 55g Sierra SPT flat base loaded at 3250 fps. I killed 4 goats with one shot each, the closest was 250 and the furtherest was 550, all bang flops. On a goat, it is not how much gun you have, it is shot placement, within reason.

Over the years, I had been using less and less gun. Started off with a 7 Mag, 270, 25/06, 243, then 223. I will not shoot another antelope, killed more than my fair share. However, antelope makes the best jerkey that you will ever eat.

Your post was, "How far can I kill an antelope, factory ammo with a 243"? My answer is how far are you going to practice? If you live out West, I would sight the gun in for 300 yards, see how your gun groups at that range, the put targets out at 400, 500, and 600 yards. You will figure out for yourself just how far you can kill one.

There is a world of difference shooting between 500 & 600 yards because the 243 really starts taking a nose dive between 400 to 500 yards.

If the wind is howling at 25 mph, it will take some pretty good shooting to hit one at 400 yards.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 10:25 AM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

Great name by the way – Deer and speed goats are light bodied creatures, if you're confident shooting out to 500 yards and get either one of those in your sites, shoot it.

I shoot both a standard .243 and a .243AI. I shoot 87gr. Vmax’s and 105 gr. Amax’s. The Vmax’s might be questionable (up close), but the 105gr Amax’s are a good choice. My sweet spot for the 105 is 2950 fps at the muzzle. At 500 yards it’s still traveling at 2063 fps and has 992 ftlbs of energy – plenty for the game you’ve mentioned.

I shoot at 526 yards all the time (my little public land hide-away), so I would feel comfortable shooting at that distance. However, the maximum distance I’d take game with my 243 is 600 yards… The energy is still there (845 ftlbs), but beyond that and I’m out of my comfort zone.

So, do some shooting with your 243 and determine what your maximum range should be and don't worry about the maximum effective range because conditions will dictate that anyway.

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Unread 02-23-2007, 12:49 PM
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Re: Max. range for .243 Win. for whitetails and pronghorn?

You know what I LOVE about this site; NOT ONE PERSON EVEN QUESTIONED THE USE OF A 6mm/243 FOR DEER/ANTELOPE!!! No one baggs on what others are doing!!! I absolutly believe that the 6mm/243's are a GREAT round for deer and antelope. I agree that you can probably kill them as far as you can hit them with the 6mm's. My daughter kiled her first 2 deer this year; the first at about 100ish yards and the second, a big-bodied mulie, the far side of 300yards. They would have fallen in their tracks if she would stop shooting them in the heart so they do that 50yard death run. I've killed many deer and a few caribou out in the 400 yard area, (bang-flop) the only problem is how far I have to haul them back. My dad has killed several deer in the 600 yard area with a 243. Again, his kid's (my) problem hauling them back.

How far you can hit them when you are hunting is the limiting factor with the 243/6mm for deer and antelope.
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