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243 or 7mm08...

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Sharker, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. I am planning on getting a rifle for my girlfriend, and am not sure what to get her. I know the ballistics for both, but am wondering if the 243 is devestating enough on a deer size critter. Anyone ever use a 243, and if so what sort of wound did it leave. I like the fact that the 7-08 is big enough for about anything in North America but I am not sure if she will like the recoil. Any in put is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. WalterGA

    WalterGA Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    Sharker: Lots of hunters here in S.W. GA shoot lots of deer with .243's. Unlike other parts of the South, we actually have some pretty big bucks around here, due to the abundance of cover and row crops. Cousin of mind dropped a 275# buck three or four years ago, using a .243.

    One of the great features of the .243 is that you can use bullet weights from 55gr. to over 100 gr. With 75-80 gr. bullets, your girlfriend won't experience much recoil with the .243. The 7-08 doesn't have a LOT of recoil, but does punch the old shouldera little harder than a .243. Both rounds, of course, are based on necked-down .308's.

  3. iweb


    Jul 9, 2001
    S. Nevada. USA
    .243 is a pleasure to shoot even without a recoil pad. People have been shooting deer with them for years. Just so happens I have a Savage model 110D Series J in .243 with a variable 3x9 scope for sale for $250 plus shipping if interested.
  4. indeed i am interested in the savage. My email is Please email me and we will talk.
  5. Conrad

    Conrad Millennium Member

    Jul 29, 1999
    Inverness, Fl
    I went through this same question in getting my wife a rifle, I ended up with a Remington Modle 7 in .243. Here in the middle of Fla it is fine and she shoots it well. The 7mmo8 is a good choice and you can down load it alittle and have an easy to shoot rifle, either way you will be happy, the deciding factor for me was I found the .243 first.

    FWIW the savage sounds like a a good deal
  6. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

    Mar 26, 2001
    greentown ind.
    knew a guy that shoot a 200 pound deer with a .222 rem. but that don't make it a deer gun. the .243 is to much of a varmit gun for me, everything has to be just right. i'd take the 7mm-08 doesn't have that much recoil and does a better job on deer. ;b
  7. my personal preference is the 7mm but I doubt the recoil would be as overlooked as the 243s recoil. I want this to be a user friendlyt weapon, so am leaning towards the 243. I am really wondering what sort of tissue damage the round makes on deer though. I know small rounds like a 223 will fragment and make a huge wound channel, but I doubt that 243 would do likewise being its a heavier bullet. Any one use them on deer that can give me a thumbs up on the wound.
    Thanks all.
  8. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

    Apr 25, 1999
    upper mid-west
    I've been using a 6mm Rem for 30 years. It's nearly identical to a .243. Same bullit (.240 / 6mm). I got it from a small finance company - someone couldn't pay their bill I guess. It's a Rem 700 BDL. Don't worry about bullit damage - it's extensive. And, the bullit rarely exits the animal. That's why I began using a small calibre rifle... My old 30-06 used to punch a hole in the critter and knock hell out of the tree behind it. The tree got a lot more of the bullit energy than the deer.

    I used to have a tree stand overlooking a brushy pasture. I shot more than a dozen bucks from that stand. At the time I loaded 85gr. hollow points. If I remember correctly, they were exiting the barrel at 3300fps. Used to knock those deer right off their feet. I shot so many bucks off that stand that one opening day there were so many hunters surrounding me that I left for the north woods.

    I shoot 100 gr. Remington soft points now. I think you can get 120gr factory loads too. I'll never go back to a larger rifle for deer or bear. If I hunt moose again, I'll use my 30-06.

    Having said all that, I wouldn't mind having a 7mm-08 - just to try it out. Or possibly a .260 Rem mag. But, I'm real happy with the 6mm (.243).
  9. Thanks all for the input.