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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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.243 for Deer

Am looking at possibly getting into a smaller caliber than my normal 30-06 and .308's.

Is a .243 enough punch for deer. I know I will get a lot of, "anything is good if the shot is placed right".

I do know that, just looking for anyone with any experience with the caliber.

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Re: .243 for Deer

.243 is more than enough punch for a deer. I started out with a .243 as a kid. I went away from it needing to shooting something bigger. I came back to it after I reallized the big guns didn't kill them any deader than the .243.

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Re: .243 for Deer

My son doubled lunged a doe with his 243 at about 30-40 yds. Doe went about 10yds and dropped. 243 is a good deer caliber

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Re: .243 for Deer

my son (10) used his for his first kill..1 shot went 60 yrds...my brother loads shells for his kids and girlfriends 243 they drop in their tracks

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Re: .243 for Deer

Ask yourself if you wan shot with a .243...if the answer is no then use it
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You can't go wrong using a 243.
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Re: .243 for Deer

i've use a .243 for over 20 years now, never had a problem with shooting deer.
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Re: .243 for Deer

I think a 243 is about perfect for a PA deer rifle. My longest shot 225 yds. Deer went 65 yds.

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Re: .243 for Deer

243 is a great, flat shooting round for deer.
Why are you looking to go smaller though?? Trying to add to the challenge? Want a lighter gun?? If thats what you're after, I have a buddy who makes it a point to shoot a doe every year with a 22-250 rem. I've seen deer he's shot at 200 yards with it and the wound channel is indistinguishable from that of a larger caliber deer rifle. Just gotta use the right bullet.
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I always wonder why everyone is so tentative about using a .243 for deer when there are deer getting killed by broadheads every day.

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