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Old 03-19-2014, 11:52 AM
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Re: .243 for Whitetail

I shot my second deer with the 243. win with a factory 80 grain soft point at about 45 yards and she only went 20 yards and piled up. My neighbor shot 2 BIG mulies in Montana/North Dakota out too 425 yards one with a Nosler 90gr accubond and the other with a Berger 95gr VLD. All three deer went less then 30 yards with one DRT.

For deer hunting within a couple hundred yards there is plenty of good options for bullets, 95/100gr Partitions (awesome choice), 90gr accubond/Etip, even the Barnes 80/85 grain tipped TSX and TSX would make an awesome deer killer!
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:53 PM
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Re: .243 for Whitetail

My son shot a coues deer at 400 with a .243 and 80 grain ttsx bullets, I have a .243AI for myself set up with 105 grain Amax's for coues.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:59 AM
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Thanks, Sendor. I've got some American Whitetail 100 gr from Hornady on order. I've also got some Remington Core-Lokt 100 gr and some Winchester Super X PP, also 100 gr. Here in VA I don't think I'm going to get a shot much further out than 100 yards, and I'm confident any of these bullets in the right place will be sufficient to drop a buck out these parts.
You are going to be dissapointed in the 243 with these bullets. Short shots in heavy cover go Barnes or Partitions and you will be happy. The bullets you mentioned will work fine for does, but a big buck will tote it off and won't leave any blood. Can't tell you how many times I've seen this happen in thick woods in Mississippi.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:40 PM
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You are going to be dissapointed in the 243 with these bullets. Short shots in heavy cover go Barnes or Partitions and you will be happy. The bullets you mentioned will work fine for does, but a big buck will tote it off and won't leave any blood. Can't tell you how many times I've seen this happen in thick woods in Mississippi.
These bullets are just the start. And I'm starting with them because they are what's available right now!
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:37 PM
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Re: .243 for Whitetail

Ethical shots with the fore mentioned core lokt or hornady ammo will result in dead deer.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:39 PM
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My wife has been hunting with a 243 sense she was 15. I have been with her for 11 yrs and she has never had a problem. But she is a GOOD shot. All but 2 Have been heart shots one head at 150 yds and one lung shot. She uses 100 gr core lockt.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:30 AM
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Ethical shots with the fore mentioned core lokt or hornady ammo will result in dead deer.
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My wife has been hunting with a 243 sense she was 15. I have been with her for 11 yrs and she has never had a problem. But she is a GOOD shot. All but 2 Have been heart shots one head at 150 yds and one lung shot. She uses 100 gr core lockt.
I am very confident in my wife's ability to take an ethical shot out to about 100 yards. Like I said earlier, that is probably the limit here in Virginia anyway because of the vegetation. It is much more likely she will be taking a 50 yard shot.

Another big factor to consider for us is the county where we hunt. A lot of Virginia counties do not allow rifle hunting, so we have to use a bow, black powder or shotgun. In addition to the .243 I'll be picking up an inexpensive 20 gauge at some point this spring. I'd like a 11-87 but will probably go with the 870. It's a good secondary gun for some of the more restrictive counties here in VA.

It's going to feel good to get this gun out of the box, bore-sighted and out to the range. We'll tinker with different cartridges as they become available over the summer, and by late fall we'll both be ready to step out and bag some meat!
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