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LOOKING FOR SOME INFO. THINKING ABOUT GETTING A 243 RIFLE FOR MY SON TO HUNT DEER AND HOGS WITH, WILL THIS GUN TAKE DOWN DEER AND HOGS IF WE USE 100GRN?
ALSO IF ANYONEKNOWS WHATS THE SHOOTING DISTANCE FOR THIS RIFLE? THANKS FOR ANY INFO AND I HOPE EVERONE HAS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE ONE. THANKS ALOT.
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I have one rifle. A Remington 700 .243, I use 100 grain and it does the job just fine. I have never shot a deer 75+ yards away. So I can't answer that one. Amazing deer rifle
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I think it's a fine cal., My son uses a Ruger bolt gun and grandson uses a H&R single shot both in .243. We only use Federal Premium loaded with Barnes X(TSX)bullets, they perform extremely well on deer, Grandson dropped a 125lb spike at 150yds, son dropped one at over 220yds...neither took another step.
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I WAS LOOKING AT THE ROSSI 243 YOUTH RIFLE COMBO.
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It'll deffinantly kill em. It's like anything else, you gotta put it where it needs to be. I know a 12 year old girl who has dropped 4 deer with hers this year. With that being said, I think there are much better choices for a kid, especially if you're figuring on bustin hogs. Go with a 7mm-08 or a 25-06. The recoil on both is nil, and they bring a lil more pain than a 243. I shoot a 25-06 out of a tikka t3 lite, which is about as light a rifle as a regular guy can get, and it has no noticable recoil. I dropped a 305 pound hog in his tracks at 80 yards with it. My buddy shoots a 7mm-08 tikka, and his kicks a hair more than mine, but nothing a kid weighing 80 pounds can't handle. He drops deer with his left and right. Both are amazing rounds that give you more ars than a 243, and in a gun with any kind of weight the recoil will be non-existant. Like I said, a 243 will kill em, but a 30-30 will kill an elephant, you just gotta be REAL carefull with where you put it.
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MY SON IS EIGHT HE SHOOTS ONE IT DOES THE JOB JUST FINE 100GRAIN YOU MIGHT HAVE TO CHSE THEM A BIT BUT IT WILL TAKE THEM DOWN
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   cajunbob
RE: I WAS LOOKING AT THE ROSSI 243 YOUTH RIFLE COMBO.

Stay away form Rossi. To many problems with them and cheaply built.
Buy the boy a Handy rifle in the 44 mag., you can't go wrong. Later on when he get 16 he will still be able to use it to primitive hunt with it. Shoot the 240gr. HP, It's a killer, The Bullet and Gun Combination

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I just bought my 5 year old son an AR-15 (M4) in the 6.8 cal. It is a GREAT gun for a child. I know people are gasping for air right now and ready to start the bashing, but look at the advantages. First of all this is a gun he or she will have forever. They will never out grow it. With the collapsible stock the smallest of children can comfortably fit the gun, and it is just a small and light gun, overall. It shoots a very potent round with EXTEREMELY low recoil. And finally you can get the cheap military ammo for it and it doesn't break you to target practice. Oh yea.... Did I mention this thing is a tack driver, too!
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The .243 Winchester will be just fine! It will lay deer and hogs down very quickly and you will have way less damaged meat. Good luck and post some of the harvest pictures.

Captain Michael
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nothing wrong with the .243, it should work just fine. 7mm-08 not bad choice either.
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My son has killed 3 deer with his 243. Longest shot was about 100 yards and the deer dropped in it's tracks. I would say it is light for a hog though, shot placement would be very critical on larger hogs. If the child can handle the 7mm-08, I would suggest that. My son was 10 and very small and afraid of recoil from his 20 gauge so I went with the 243. I wouldn't push a shot past 200 yards with the 243 though.
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My wife and others I know shoot 243's. Very good gun. She has dropped many deer some up to 150 plus . In louisiana we dont do long range shooting like texas does 300 plus. Best guns to take down deer for a youth is a 243,30-30 or a simple 308 heaviest 270. Youth doesnt need a 7mag or anythinglike that too much gun ....overkill. We rarely do tracking jobs when shot is placed correctly. Key is range time and making sure they know where too shoot and they feel confident when they shoot. I think the caliber of the gun doesnt matter much around here its getting kids and adults to spend time at the range and making them be consistant and not get deer fever everytime one walks out and they have a bad shot.
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I have been hunting with a .243 now for about 13 yrs, I also deer hunt with a .308 and a 6mm and a 22-250 , they all will kill deer and most drop where you shoot them , but like always and what others have said you have to practice and put the bullet where it needs to be , and if the gun doesn't kick and they enjoy shooting it and they are not scared of it , the bullet will hit the right spot.
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Get on cabelas or any other gun site and read the reviews. They will help alot. Whatever you do, do not get the H&R NEF Handy rifle. Very poor groups at 100 8"-12"!!!!. Never owned one. I was in Miss. at the woodsman shooting range where a father and son were sighting it in from a shooting rest and best groups were 6"
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   seapro21
My son has been shooting a Rossi 243 with 100 grain core-loc --never had problems with sighting in or killing deer--has shot deer over 100 yrds .As with any gun-shot placement is everything ,He has been shooting this gun for 4 years -it has been a great choice for us!
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Try a savage 243. (3/4 Group at 100 yards). Google "Savage .243 accuracy". Also The accutrigger is a must have and goes down to 1.5lb pull. I have one on my .17hmr and it is a great trigger feature and great safety feature. In my oppinion savage has worked to be far from where they were and are bumping off other gun makers on their way to the top.

This link will give you info on the accutrigger http://www.shootingtimes.com/longgun_reviews/savage_0813/
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