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Old 09-10-2009, 10:34 PM
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I am thinking about buying a 243 rifle and I was just wondering if they are ok to shoot deer with because I want a good deer gun with not very much recoil because im only 14 but I have also been told about a 25-06 and 270 what are these like and what about the recoil.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:49 PM
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243 will do the job. many other options are out there depending on many factors. how you hunt? do you need to take long shots? both the other callebers you mentiond are great as well. seeing as how you brought up the 25-06 (not that common of a round) im gessing you, or someone you know, knows alot about guns. so you got a major advantage over most. so if you can post more details about how you hunt and what you want your gun to do, and we can help you find the right fit for you.
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:47 AM
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thanks mate do you know anything about suppressors if so can you look at my does a suppressor actually reduce recoil thread cheers.

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Old 09-11-2009, 02:29 PM
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sorry i dont.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:24 PM
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You don't feel the recoil when you are shooting a deer, just when shooting targets.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:37 PM
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my son shoots a 243 great little gun. if you go with this small of a gun(here in KY that is the smallest gun allowed for deer hunting) I would look more for neck shots that heart and lungs. the animal will not run near as far with a neck shot with that gun.( been there) I shoot a 270 and like it but still get a 20 yard run with a heart shot. both of these guns make small impact holes so some times it takes a min or two to get any kind of a blood trail if you have to track. and as far as recoil my sons 243 kicks harder than my 270 mostly I think is do to his being a youth gun and has a realy short barrel. between the two shells they are about the same but the 270 is a little bigger with about doubble the powder. if your looking at hunting heavy covered areas I would look into the good ol 30/30 great brush gun little veavy but heavy guns realy help in the recoil area.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:42 PM
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243 is a GREAT deer caliber!!! Use ballist tip bullets and lung shots are not a problem, deer fall dead in their tracks. Alot of people will say its too small, but shot placement is more critical than caliber. I would never recommend a neck shot, off just an inch and you wound the animal which will die a slow painful death. Use a gun you shoot well.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:19 PM
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hey there im 15 and i shoot a 270 im about 5'5 150 stocky build not trying to say im huge lol but the 270 sure kicks my shoulder out it hits hard but still a great gun, not to sure on the 243 but ive herd lots of good things about them GOOD LUCK!
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:08 PM
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This question comes up all the time. Everyone has their opinion on this, but from what you have written, I would say that you would do well with the .243. I'll probably start an argument, but forget the neck shot! The high lung shot works best; has the best margin for "error" and often drops year in their tracks. As for proof of the .243 effectiveness and shot placement, here is a reply I wrote about two years ago to the same question which you have asked:

During 20 years of professional taxidermy, the biggest bull elk I ever mounted was for a 16 year old kid who used a .243 with Barnes bullets. That's not a caliber that's recommmended for elk, but shows what you could do with the right bullet and good bullet placement even with a relatively small caliber. Here's a picture of that mount. By the way, the big bull dropped dead in its tracks to a heart shot!

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Old 09-14-2009, 03:33 AM
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thanks guys I think I will stick with the 243 but will look at the others to my mate has a 243 and 25-06 I can try
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