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243 for long range?

I've been contemplating getting a 243 for deer. I won't really have opportunities at shots over 150 yards and most will be less than 100. I am thinking of expanding what I want to do with the 243 I get and make it a long range gun.

I have a 500 yard range close to my home. I have been watching a lot of videos on YouTube of guys shooting targets at 1000 yards with this caliber. I am not interested in that kind of range, but what kind of scope would be best for a 500yd 243. What type of ammo would you use.

I may try to shoot some coyotes with it as well. What bullets would you suggest for that?

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Re: 243 for long range?

It will work just need to play around. As a rule 0-300 close range, 300-700 medium range, 700-100 LR, over 1k extreme LR. Out to 500 basically any scope can work Lupy 4.5-14 I have several will be fine VHunter reticle would be a plus. Bullets 95 Berger would be good just make sure the twist is right. I shoot Lr but with different set ups actually took a 243 one day while my big gun was cooling down. Get proficient at 500 first before you start 1k yard shooting.
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Re: 243 for long range?

Thanks. Gez I thought 500 was s long range. I'm hoping to hear back on the trade shortly if that falls through I may be looking at a 7mm-08

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Re: 243 for long range?

The 70 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip, 80 Gr Sierra Blitz, and Hornady 87 gr VMax are all awesome coyote/groundhog bullets in a .243. The 87 Vmax is very capable of going to 1000+ with great accuracy. I have a bud who has several PD kills over 1000 yards with that bullet.

There are a lot of good target bullets in the 95-107 gr range to shoot paper, and a few may even work well for deer to 500. Sierra, BIB, Berger, Precision Ballistics to name a few. You just need to make sure the rifling twist is fast enough for bullets over 100 gr.
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Re: 243 for long range?

If you're shooting a rifle with a factory barrel, then the lighter weight (lower SD) bullets will likely serve you better. I've never had much luck getting a factory 243/6mm barrel (1:10 twist) to shoot the heavier, 100 plus grain, bullets. The 87 grain V-Max is one of my favorite bullets for a slower twist rate and it performs excellent on varmints.

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Re: 243 for long range?

Mike, the 243 Win. is a fine cartridge and very popular however it is NOT a good long range cartridge for deer. It may be accurate enough at 500 yards but the remaining energy would be low. I would put 350 yards as max for deer and 300 is even better. For varmints it is a different story and IMO a 243 Win. would serve you well.

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Thanks. Gez I thought 500 was s long range. I'm hoping to hear back on the trade shortly if that falls through I may be looking at a 7mm-08
500 yards is long range especially for a sporter weight rifle. Most guys have no idea how far that REALLY is.

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Thanks. Gez I thought 500 was s long range. I'm hoping to hear back on the trade shortly if that falls through I may be looking at a 7mm-08
500 yards is long range especially for a sporter weight rifle. Most guys have no idea how far that REALLY is.
Good points, I didn't want say for the sake of knocking the 243 but now I will say its not what I consider a LR caliber. Yes 500 is lr for a factory rifle 200 can be lr for a lot of people. I just wanted to information of what most go by as far as different ranges. As mentioned most are 10 twist and wont handle the better bullets with a higher bc that is designed to work at that range and on. The 85 bthp and 87 v-max would work as good as anything but remember what you have left vel. out there. The 95 Berger would work great but to get a factory barrel 10 or 9.5 twist to handle it would be tough. On other note I have 6mm x284's giving me that extra vel. works well along with a little 6x47 Laupa 8 twist custom handling the 105's.
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Re: 243 for long range?

I went ahead and put money down on a 7mm-08 yesterday. I chose the marlin XS7S IN 7mm-08. Not sure exactly what the longest ranges an such are on this cartridge. Doing more research as we speak. I have not heard anything bad about this rifle or the 7mm-08.

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