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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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243 for whitetail

Is a 243 a good deer gun. I just got one this year and my season opens saturday in ny. and was wondering how well this gun performs on deer ??
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 09:32 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetail

Great gun for deer sized game. Some will say it is undersized, but they have never hunted deer with it. I would stick with the heavier grain bullets (90 to 100 grain). I started out with the .243 and then went to the bigger guns for a few years, but after realizing that the big guns didn't kill them any better, I went back to the .243

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Re: 243 for whitetail

I shoot 100 grain corelokts out of mine. Killed many deer with it, from point blank to just over 100 yards. Longest track job was 20 yards. Excellent cartridge if you ask me. In the thick stuff, just pick a window to shoot through!

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Re: 243 for whitetail

A 243 is a great gun for deer I used one for almost 15 years, and killed alot of deer with it, I used Remington 100 grain core-lokts.

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Re: 243 for whitetail

A .243 is plenty of gun for a deer. I started with one and still use it as my back up.

George Thacker who started the PA Gunsmith School years ago claimed that it was a much better brush gun than most hunters ever realized. Don't know if its true or not, but that guy forgot more about guns than most of us will ever know.
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Re: 243 for whitetail

Great cailber for deer. Just know where to hit em!
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Yes it's plenty.

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Re: 243 for whitetail

I've used one for the last 17 years and wouldn't think of changing to a different gun. Recoil is lighter than most other deer caliber guns. It shoots real flat for good distance shots. Its definitly enough gun for a deer when bullet is placed properly.
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post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 09:50 PM
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I've watched 11 deer hit the dirt between my 2 kids. About half dropped at the shot the rest didn't make it out of site 50 yards max. Rem. 100gr. or Fed. Fusion 90gr. both worked great though the Rem. sometimes didn't exit.

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Re: 243 for whitetail

yep, when my thirst for big calibers is quenched i will go back to a rem 788 carbine in 243 with 100 gr corelokts for my twilight years. good for groundhogs too.

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