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Old 05-29-2013, 08:27 PM
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Re: 243 how far on deer

With 87, 95 and 105 Berger Hunting VLD bullets, I'm perfectly comfortable with 500 lbs of energy delivery.
The distance that comes depends on the velocity, as previously stated.

I believe the 1000lb number and even the 800lb number is based on "worst case scenario"

If you put your bullet where you're suppose to...500lbs is more than enough for even the biggest mule deer.

For bullets other than Bergers...I will not comment as I have no experience on what will or wont open up like it should.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:46 AM
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Re: 243 how far on deer

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How far out would a 243 95 gr Berger still be afactive on a deer tc single shoot barrel shooting 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards
I have had my 14 year old son harvest a mature doe at 312 yards. That was shooting off bipod and sand bag in back. We used a rangefinder to get exact yardage and was shooting a Ruger Mark 2 with Burris Signature Select 4x16 scope with mil dot reticle. He held first dot under cross hair and actually hit couple inches high. Deer may have went 20 yards if that. But instantly hit the ground. Great round and caliber..
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:01 AM
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Re: 243 how far on deer

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How far out would a 243 95 gr Berger still be afactive on a deer tc single shoot barrel shooting 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards
Not nearly enough info. 1/2 MOA at 100 tells very little. What is your FPS?

It might be easier also if we had your max distance and what kind of accuracy you are getting.

I don't think you can put a simple number on it without knowing conditions you hunt under.

I know my limit with my 6 br, I also know how many deer I've taken past 500, 600 and 700 under ideal conditions. Depending on the day I might tell you 400 then again I might tell you 800 not ideal but has been done many times
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:16 PM
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Re: 243 how far on deer

I have an important hunt coming up this fall...I drew a premium X zone tag in the High Sierras and there are good size buck there. Deer species in this area are Rocky Mtn Mule deer & Colombian black tails.

I'm trying to decide on which gun and bullet to use, choosing between a 270win & 243win. I'd rather take my 243; in general I can shoot it more accurately and its lighter and has a 16x scope max vs a 9x max on the 270. I have the stats for vel & energy and both are good at 300 yards for a couple of bullet choices of each.

So, first question is, assuming I'll take shots out to 300 -350 yards would a 100 gr Interlock SP type bullet pack enough wollop with 2555fps/1450 ft lbs really be enough to bring a big boy down fast?

Other loads I have are Sierra 85gr HPBTs which are supposed to expand fast but still penetrate & be deadly on deer and Barnes 85gr TSX (2553fps/1230) which are harder and there is no end to the debate about them.

If these numbers are a little weak, I'll take my 270, but even with larger calibers I've read a lot of accounts here about various kinds of bullet failures and deer-ran-off stories; bullets either bouncing off or penciling through!

So, any advice on those choices of 243 bullets? This is an important hunt that I want to go right.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:21 PM
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P.S....The chances of drawing this tag were about 1 in 100. Value? Priceless!
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:35 PM
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Re: 243 how far on deer

With my 243 AI and 95 or 105 gr Bergers, shooting anything at 300 yards is just too easy... and those bullets put a 1/4" deep crater in a steel plate at that range. Deeper than from a 308 175SMK.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:52 PM
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With my 243 AI and 95 or 105 gr Bergers, shooting anything at 300 yards is just too easy... and those bullets put a 1/4" deep crater in a steel plate at that range. Deeper than from a 308 175SMK.
AI is a few hundred fps faster than a standard 243...Yes, I'm usually impressed with the damage to inanimate things but then I read these stories about deer running off after being hit with even a 7mmRM or 270Win.

If 300 yards is too easy, I guess you're saying that going by the velocity/energy numbers, the 243 is a short range gun for deer- under 400 yards. Personally, that would be my max for deer unless there is no wind at all. No wind off a bipod I can hold 3" groups @400 but that's just group size; it doesn't account for the fact that if your first shot gets carried by wind it may be off by several inches.
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