To "the new guy" asking if the .243 is "enough". It most certainly is! My son used one (Savage Model 11) to get his first deer a couple years back. I didn't see any location in your post, so I can't begin to guess what type of terrain/countryside you'd be shooting in. But you're absolutely right about one thing, it would be a shame to "ruin" a pre-64 Model 94 by mounting a scope.
Randy recommendation - .270 or .30-06 for caliber, or anything in between. By now, the rifle manufacturer would be a personal preference since most of the real "name brands" (Savage, Remington, Sako, etc) seem to be putting out some really nice rifles these days. But that's just a Randy recommendation/opinion.
And we all know what opinions are, right??? Opinions are like a person's hind end - everyone's got one and most of them stank!!! (Sorry guys, couldn't pass that one up!) <yuck, yuck>
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