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.243: L.et's talk about this round

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Aceman, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Aceman

    Aceman

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    Is it the biggest of the varmint rounds? Or is it the smallest medium game round? Love it, hate, indifferent about it?

    What do you use it for? What wouldn't you do with it? Favorite rifle in that caliber? How about an AR platform in .243?

    Under-appreciated? Or niche round with too much overlap in performance both over and under now with the ascendance of .223 in popularity?
     
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  2. 93GT

    93GT The Ogre

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    IMHO, I think it is best suited for varmint, but I have taken the occasional deer with it. It just shines from 0-300 yards on coyote and groundhogs, not much better than a 22-250, but that round isn't exactly a slouch and doesn't have the ability to fire 100 grain softpoints if need be.
     

  3. BushBond

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    Love it. My first deer rifle was a .243 Savage, Took 30-40 deer with it, never had one run more than 50yds. Wish I would have never gotten rid of it. I shoot a 7mm now, and have problems with deer running a good ways when shot 60 yds in or closer. My next deer rifle will be another .243. I'm not gonna tell you its the best round ever, but its purty nice.
     
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    I thgink it's a great long range varmint round, short range deer/antelope round. Seems a good choice for an AR plaform, but Ilike teh 260 a bit better for long range shooting as well as deer & antelope. Better SD w/ heavier bullets. What the 243 wishes it was when it comes to things larger than coyotes.
     
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    I had a 243, easy to shoot, no problems, accurate enough. I prefer the 25.06 over it though and have since gone with that.
     
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  6. Brucev

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    Very fine round. With proper bullet selection, works exceptionally well on both varmints and game such as deer, hogs, etc. Easy to shoot well due to light recoil and flat trajectory. Very good round for anyone who does not handle recoil well. Excellent round for anyone who wants to use one rifle for a number task.
     
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    22-250 for the win. :whistling::supergrin:
     
  8. vafish

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    Well it's not the biggest Varmint round, the .25-06 beats it by quite a bit.

    It's not the smallest medium game round. The 6x45 and .25-223 will work on medium game up to deer and are quite a bit smaller. Some folks even use the .223 on deer and hogs.

    The .243 is a tween round that works well as either a varmint or medium game round with proper bullet selection and careful shot placement on the larger animals.

    But like most compromises it does neither one as well as a dedicated choice.
     
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  9. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

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    Love it or hate it, it is what it is.

    I doubt I'd want one in an AR platform, but in a good bolt action configureation it makes a great rifle for keeping in the truck for whatever might need shot. I've killed coyotes at 600 yards and beyond with mine. Hits 'em hard with my handloads, too.

    My first centerfire rifle was chanbered for .243; my dad bought it for me when I was 10, and I've never been without one since.

    FWIW, I shot out the barrel on that first one, a Rem 600 "Mohawk". Fond memories, for sure.

    Daryl
     
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    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    ^^^^^ This ! ;)




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  11. Happy Hunting

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    I've killed a few deer with it. Like all bullets, it does what it's supposed to if you point it where it supposed to.
     
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    Killed many a whistle-pig, and a 300lb wild boar with the .243

    Great, accurate, easy on the wallet and shoulder!
     
  13. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Great round for deer and antelope using 95-105gr sp's, great varmit round with 75-80gr BTHP's.
    I miss my .243, will have another someday.
     
  14. K.Kiser

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    My Mother deer hunted with a 24" Mauser 98 .243 back in her day... We kept it handloaded loaded with either Barnes X or Nosler partitions in the 100(ish) grain variety, and while those are superb bullets they could probably be substituted nowadays with something equally effective like a Scirroco or Accubond etc ... ... The deer and hogs that She shot did the same thing as the deer and hogs that We've shot with wildcat .300 WamBams and .338 Slapsmackers -- they died in short order... Once that bullet has fully penetrated the vitals and made a dust cloud on the other side of the animal, it all over but the skinning and drive home...
     
  15. Aceman

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    Ok - what's the biggest thing you'd go for with the .243 - in general, and how far?
     
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    packinaglock John 3:16

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    Exactly, I sometimes use it for hogs or deer. Our deer are not real big anyhow.
     
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    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

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    Mule deer to about 350 yards, or our little desert whitetails to 400 yards or so.

    Wouldn't want to use it for elk, but I've no doubt I could do it out to 200 yards with good bullet placement.

    But I could break an elk's neck at 200 yards with mine pretty easily.

    Daryl
     
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    That's about it for Me... I'd shoot at an Elk with one, but no further away than I though I could put in the side of it's neck... Realistically, I say Mule deer inside of 300 yards although We don't have Mule deer here we do have really big hogs that must at least be as difficult to kill... Beginning with Caribou or Elk, I'd only feel ethical with at least a .270 if I were gonna start shooting farther than "woods" distances... In summary it's a nice whitetail cartridge with good bullets and shot placement at least as far away as the average rifle and average shooter can reliably shoot...
     
  19. Berto

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    Deer, Black Bear and smaller animals are OK with .243. I had one as back-up to my '06 for elk, but as others have stated, ranges would be closer and I'd run 105gr NP's.
     
  20. NonPCnraRN

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    If I didn't already own a 270 Win and 257 Roberts I would get a M70 Featherweight in 243 for deer and varmint hunting. I know people use the 243 Win on larger game but I think other cartridges would do a better job for larger than deer sized game. If I was into strictly varmint hunting the 6mm bullets would buck the wind better than the heaviest .223 caliber bullets. It would be more recoil and use more powder than necessary for strictly varmint shooting but for a hunter who will shoot both varmints and deer sized game the 243 Win is an excellent choice.