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    Default The .243 for Deer...

    Who here uses, or has used a .243 to look a deer?

    Letís assume a 90-100 grain load, recognizing that those are the most common loads for most hunters. And weíre talking about SC deer that run from 100-150 lbs, for the most part.

    What is the longest range you have, or would, comfortably use as an ethical DRT limit? For the sake of this discussion we can go +/- 50 yds for ĎDRTí, but none of this ĎI needed a tracking dog to finally find ití.

    Chuck Hawks claims the maximum killing range of the .243 runs from 180-275 yds, depending on the bullet. He is also using a minimum of 1300 ft lbs as the kill energy required, although other sources drop that minimum as low as 800 ft lbs.

    I have never used my .243 for deer, but for some odd reason(s) it has become my long-range rifle along with my 30-30, which is why Iím checking on it.

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    95gr Nosler Ballistic tip, as far as you can shoot out the deer stand is probably within range.

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    I think 300 yards with good shot placement. A NOSLER BT or Berger VLD is what I'd shoot.
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    Been shooting a .243 since I was 7.... going on 35 years now. Shot them from 20 yards to 300 yards. I love that caliber. Son shot a doe at +/-265 yards last Thursday and she didn't move. All about what you have confidence in....I shoot factory Winchester CXP2 100 grain power points.

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    A larger caliber will help you with your deer kills. Try it.


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    I agree with timber22

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    I shoot .243 as well for most of my hunting. Shoot a Barnes 80gr ttsx and I feel confident out to 300yd with it.
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    Shot a few with 100 grain power points 50-200 yards- always dead

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    Have shot power points, corelocts, powershock, powermax, and nosler trophy all in 100 gr.
    Imo this caliber is overlooked way to often.
    300 yards is not out of reach with this caliber. Just like with any other caliber shot placement is important.

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    I shot a 50lb doe a few years ago with one, 12 ring, ran about 75 yds to my amazement.
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    Shot placement !!! Problem here is some hunters can shoot and some cannot ,and gun always seems to take the blaim , shot placement ,smaller guns > easier on shoulder 1 light to carry 2 not to painful to shoot ,personally I think the 257 weatherby is the best rifle ever ,

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    Zoom in on this picture and you’ll see a blur laying in the shooting lane. Right at 220 yard shot in the neck. DRT. Shot placement and confidence of the shooter is where it’s at. I shoot a 95 Grain Hornady SST Superformance in my Ruger 243.





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    Iíve only shot one deer with a 30-30. All the others Iíve ever shot was with a 243. Longest shot was 185, dropped in his tracks.
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    I love these threads
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    I bought a abolt 3 .243 last year for PSA Black Friday. I still
    Ain’t took it out of the box. Thanks for reminding me.
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    My wife has killed quite a few deer with a 243 and most within 50 yds from a turkey chair. Killing them up close is a lot of fun.

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    Have killed several with the .243. I like it and am actually wanting to add another rifle to the arsenal in the same caliber. Maybe a Tikka.

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    When you buy a .243 for deer hunting and go to sight it in, use bags of rice instead of sand bags.

    You'll thank me later.

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    22 Mag is how we roll. Killed a 95/lb.doe this week with a .177 In her tracks
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    My longest .243 was just under 500 yds. Dead shoulder hit she ran 20 yards and piled up on the edge of the field.

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    Capable round. Biggest Black bear I ever witnessed being shot was DRT from a double lung with a 100 grain Corelokt at about 70 yards. Weighed on a certified scale at 503 lbs. 10 year old girl shot him. He made Boone and Crockett record book too.
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