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Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

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Unread 08-30-2010, 05:43 PM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

I have killed a bunch of ground hogs and white tail deer with two different 243 rifles. One was a Rem 700 ADL and the other a Rem 700 BDL Varmint. I would shoot ground hogs with 75 gr Nosler solid base bullet and a few with the 70 gr ballistic tip that had just come out and replaced the solid base and the Rem 80 gr over IMR 4350. I killed some ground hogs at some pretty long ranges for the Mountains of TN. 300 to 400 yards. I have killed a lot of deer in the bean fields of NC with 100 gr Sierra and Rem CL bullets with a bit more Accurate Arms 3100 powder than they give as a max load these days. I would purposely hold my shots to under 350 yards because of bullet energy getting low after that. If they did not drop on the spot they did not go very far. It has been about 15 years since I last used a 243.
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Unread 09-10-2010, 05:53 PM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

A 243 is the optimum yote rifle where I usually hunt (NE, KS.) When the wind gets going the 22-250 can struggle and the heavier/higher BC 243 bullets make hits easier. I still use my 22-250 frequently, but the 243 gets the nod when the weather calls for it.

I love it so much I have two of them (light walking and long range rig)

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Unread 09-12-2010, 12:41 PM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

6BR with 107 SMK 2850 FPS is a little less but some results.

Its a great G-hog gun with the longest being approx. 725 yards with dozens killed @ +- 500 a few got away but the ones hit solid were done.

It is also good on fox longest one last year was 670 DRT.

Also used as a crop damage rifle for deer. As with any cal they will kill well beyond what is a good idea if all things go right. In reality keep it to a reasonable distance and limit angles and they work fine.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:06 AM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

I have taken many rabbits over 400yds with my .243 and a hare at over 700yds.

If you get your load sorted and the groups are tight then 800yds is very do able on the right day with the right conditions on rabbits, hares and foxes.

I find 87 grain V-Max are awesome but are a little inconsistent in length from base to O-Give. The 80 grain Berger varmint is far more consistent and gives me tighter groups, but has a lower BC.

Its a trade off, I tend to stick to the bergers now as most of my shooting is under 500yds and the bergers will give me 3.5" groups at 500yds, which is tight enough for rabbits, foxes and hares.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:36 AM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

I killed an antelope at 650 yds. One shot kill.

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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:39 AM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

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Unread 12-02-2010, 11:11 AM
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Re: Possibilities .243Win caliber hunting.

The 6mm bore is my favorite, my first hunting rifle was a Savage 110 in 243win... I can't remember how many mule deer fell to that rifle with the old 95grn Barnes X, then rechambered it to 243 ackley for yotes pushin a Sierra 80grn blitz @3450, then rebarreled & rechambered it to 6mm Ackley pushing a 85 grn partition to 3600 (current configuration). Now I have a DPMS LR-243 (sweet rifle) shooting the 87grn V-Max, and a full custom Rem700 LA chambered in 6mm-284 shootin 107 SMKs. My grandfather used the 243win for elk to great success (proper placement). Do yourself a favor, pick up the 243, handload good bullets and start the love affair many of us on LRH have for the 6mm bore.

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