Re: 1st deer hunt this yr?
My son has used nothing but a .243 for the last 7 years, and has taken more Wyoming muleys (doe deer included) than I can remember.
Most have been one shot, the ones that weren't were due to running shots or "Buck Fever".
I think the .243 is just as deadly as a 50 BMG......assuming a heart, lung, liver, spine or brain shot. I don't think the big bores are any deadlier than the .243 if the shot hits low leg, mostly muscle, pelvic region, "gut" shot, ect.........in other words, it's all about shot placement.
One thing to caution...........Quartering shots beyond 300 yds.
Heavy Bone (point of shoulder or pelvic region) will surely inhibit the .243's ability to penetrate far enough to reach the vitals. I've personally witnessed a 100 grn. Barnes bullet NOT exit on a high shoulder/spine shot at around 50-75 yds. The recovered bullet still weighed 95 grns. The point of shoulder and pelvic bones are even heavier than the shoulder blades are, and a sharply angling shot at long distances puts alot of demand on a bullet to reach the vitals.
As long as you pay attention to good shot placement/shot angle, I think the .243 will do whatever you need it to do out to 400 yds on Muleys. If you plan on "Body Shots", pick a good bullet. If you're a crack shot and aim for heart, brain or spine.....most of the heavier bullets in that caliber are more than enough IMO.
Last edited by SBruce; 07-16-2010 at 06:15 PM.
Reason: typo on recovered bullet weight....sorry