Originally Posted by Syriis
Is the 243 Winchester reliable to drop a Whitetail with a decent shot? I only use Barnes ammo, I prefer all copper or lead-free ammo when hunting. A buddy of mine suggested a 270 but I'm not sure which is better for what I want. Punching paper, Yotes, and maybe Whitetail.
big enough to drop any whitetail on the planet within reasonable distance with a bullet in the vitals. Nothin wrong with the 270, but not my pick for coyotes and varmints and paper. Dads' 270 is a lightweight with a steel butt plate and 3 shots in a row just plain hurts
A friends son used a 243 this year with the Ted Nugent Barnes ammo to drop a huge bodied muley at nearly 300 yds. Here's a pic of my sons whitetail that he shot with his 243, using Federal loads with Barnes bullet. Another pic of a big muley that fell to the 243. This fall, the guys' wife killed an antelope at 710 yds with one shot out of the little 6BR. Hell, I know folks that have killed elk with the 243.
These deer are going about 300 lbs live weight. That's a fully mature muley doe next to the whitetail.