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Proud to have a 243 if you can't tell by the smile. Get the 85 grain Federal Premium Hollow point bullets and teach them to shoot high in the front shoulder and your work is done. The only deer she did not drop where it was standing she had a mosquito go up her nose and she pulled the shot and made a double lung shot @ 160 yards the deer ran 20 yards and left a trail that Ray Charles could have followed. The exit wound was probably close to 2" diameter. Stop knocking the 243 it is not the gun it is the choice of bullets and the person on the end of it.
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243
Tell'em again....I have been hunting with one for years and knock on wood every one I've shot haas either dropped right there or not gone very far! I shoot 100 grain sierra bolt tails or trophy bonded bear claws by federal
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243 is the Man
I would not be afraid for her to take a 250 yard shot she is steady and can bust milk jugs at 250. Site it in 1" high at 100 yards and the rest is on the shooter. I have heard of guys losing deer with the 30-06 and the 7 mag it is not the caliber or the gun it is the shooter. Shot placement is the key to sucess and I believe that if enough hunters bought rifles and would shoot them enough and try other bullets they would find that they all perform differently under different circumstances. A rifle is like a shot gun they do not all pattern or group the same.
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243
I have shot 24 deer with my .243 before I retired it when I was 14. I shot my first 8 point and dropped it at 235 yards with my .243 and it weighed 227 pounds. I love this gun for girls and youths. I moved up and shoot a 7mm WSM now and love it the only deer I didnt immediately find with the .243 my brother shot and it didnt break through the back shoulder for some reason but we found it with the dog later that night.
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key word...
"Bonded"...if you want a good exit hole, use a bonded bullet, and put the crosshairs right behind the shoulder...
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Guns
Well lets ask th experts I have a buddy that is a game warden and seems that the poachers gun of choice for deer is the 22 magnum or the .17 small guns that make little noise and kills deer. Like I said in my early post shot placement is the key to a successful deer hunt. There is nothing wrong with a 243 ot the 7mm-08 I own 2 of the 7mm-08 my sons first gun was a Remingotn Model 7 youth 7mm-08 that is a fine gun topped with a Luepold 50mm vari x II. I also have an Encore 7mm-08 they are great but I can not believe all the post of the people knocking the 243 trust me it is not the caliber but the handler and bullet placement.
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Shot placement
C.W.B., you are dead on about shot placement being the key. I have a hunting buddy who shoots a .223 and killed 3 does, an 8 pt., and a 10 pt. this season (all dropped where they stood). His daughter also used this gun to shoot a doe at 225 yds., and she dropped it in her tracts. Shot placement IS the key.
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