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Old 12-02-2011, 10:00 PM
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What do you guys think....is a 243 ok to shoot a deer with?
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:27 AM
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Absolutely!
I wouldn't think twice about a .223.

its not so much what you use as much as it is how you use it.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:01 AM
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243 is a great riffle. I been a 270 man all my life.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:13 PM
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My son shoots a .243 with Federal Fusions. Does a great job. I have been know to sneak to the stand with that rifle myself .. lol
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:03 PM
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Thanks for all the info. I'm gonna take our 243 out tomorrow morning and see if I can have better luck than last weekend. I'd really like to get a chance to try it out. All we got last weekend was shot at by idiots on the road.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:20 PM
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Good luck. I think the .243 is a great round for deer. It is also good for coyotes and varmints. It does a nice job of taking down a deer without too much wasted meat. It also is very flat shooting compared to other rounds with the approximate same energy such as the 30-30.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:14 AM
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i shot a savage model 11 and my first time sighting it in at 100 yards i put a three group about the size of penny (it could just be luck too). and you can use it for many other small game animals and i buy whatever ammo is cheepest a fleet farm
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:11 AM
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What do you guys think....is a 243 ok to shoot a deer with? If so with what grain bullet?
a .243 is a good choice for whitetail deer, I wouldn't hesitate using a .243 even for Mule deer.
Bullet choice? I would recommend Federal Premium's 100 grain Vital-Shok.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:21 AM
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I still think its the best rifle to use. I still have my .270 and I used to have a 30.06 but sold it. Killed lot more deer with the .243 and its easier to carry I hate lugging my .270 around I swear it feels like an old BAR. Just make sure you get a good scope.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:46 PM
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Have never had any problems with killing deer with a .243. As said above, shot placement is crucial.
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