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So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

 
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:15 PM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

The 243 is ok on deer.

I like the 85gHPBT Sierra normally but I have had people shooting the 87g Berger Classic Hunter too.

Most of the problems I see with the 243 is people using bullets that don't expand reliably. Many of the 100g bullets will pencil.

That being said if there is a possibility where the deer can run a ways before dying and get on another property then I use a 270 or something that will anchor them quickly. A 140hpbt or Berger will make a fist sized hole or bigger on exit(ribcage). The 85ghpbt out of the 243 will make a half dollar sized hole in a ribcage. A 100g core lokt makes about a nickle sized hole.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:55 PM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

I used a 95gr berger on a Black Bear and the entrance hole was 3"x2" Dropped him in his tracks at 211 yards..............Im sure it would have done the same on Deer. Two years ago I shot an Antelope useing the 80gr TSX Tipped .........big exit hole .

I would not want a bullet to do more damage than that, I was impressed both times. You have no idea of what a bullets going to do each time its different. Thats why Im confident that it will work on Cow Ek this fall.

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Old 08-06-2013, 09:17 PM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

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But its still true that a poorly placed shot out of a Magnum is still a poorly placed shot and I dont think that its going to bail you out.
A poorly placed shot with anything is bad and one cant depend on it bailing them out.

What I was talking about was running shots, high wind, poor conditions And Long ranges can all lead to poor hits. with larger bullets they are effected less and can make the difference under poor conditions
and can help with shot placement.

There is no substation for good shot placement.

In the hands of a competent shooter that knows his and the rifles limitations the 243 is plenty.

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Old 08-06-2013, 10:34 PM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

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A poorly placed shot with anything is bad and one cant depend on it bailing them out.

What I was talking about was running shots, high wind, poor conditions And Long ranges can all lead to poor hits. with larger bullets they are effected less and can make the difference under poor conditions
and can help with shot placement.

There is no substation for good shot placement.

In the hands of a competent shooter that knows his and the rifles limitations the 243 is plenty.

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That covers it in a nutshell. I hunted Michigan Deer for years with my 223 bolt Savage and shooting a 55 grain Hornady V-Max and they all went down, right now. No muss, no fuss. I put it where it needed to be. I've taken a lot of flak over hunting deer with a varnmit rifle but it works. No snap shots, take my time and get it right there. I've handgunned deer too. My 44 Smith is wicked at 50-75 yards.

I've stepped up to a 308 but the 223 is a reliable killer with proper placement.

I know a fella that dropped an 8 point buck with a 10-22 Ruger carbine at around 50 yards. Zipped him right through the eyeball crossways and scrambled his noodle (what little noodle a deer has).....

I certainly don't recommend deer hunting with a 22, but it can be accomplished.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:11 AM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

JE

You put this whole post all together in a nut shell........................Your right with wind NO one should be taking really long shots. Just like knowing your Rifles effective Distance, for me my .243 on Deer is really limited to 400 yards, maybe more on a Black Tail, or antelope but on a really heavy Muley, no
The long shots a lot of guys make Im sure were taken with ideal conditions...............Thanks for the support
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:56 PM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

A 243 is plenty given proper bullets and shot placement. The gunworks guys are using a 6xc and they have killed bears and deer. If you are capable of placing the shot don't worry about what other people are saying go hunt.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:37 AM
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Re: So whats wrong with the .243 on Deer?

Your right, its to easy to get caught up in what everyone else wants you to believe, because that's the way they do it. After taking a Black Bear at 211 yards and seeing the damage that the Berger bullet did, it was hard for me to think that in most peoples eye's the .243AI is still not enough for Deer let alone Elk.

With all of the post's I got I feel like you put it all together........

Thanks

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