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Just bought a .243 a few months ago. Took it this past weekend to shoot it for the first time. Sighted it in a 100 yards shooting some Hornady 58 gr V-max and it shot pretty well. I plan on using it for deer this year, just curious what kind of ammo you other .243 users are using? New to deer hunting, still learning. Thanks
 

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The 243 is a dual purpose caliber

The 243 is wonderful it can be a Praire dog rifle or a fine Deer rifle. The thing that must be changed is the bullet weight and construction. You are looking for a light highly explosive bullet for varmits. A light bullet going at a high speed drops less over a given distance so the hold is easier on the small Animals. When hunting Deer you are looking for a bullet that stays together and will penetrate into the boiler room for a clean kill every time.
All the ammo companies make both types of ammo for the 243, the Deer loads start at 95grains unless they are special non lead core bullets. I am sure someone on the Forum owns one (huntingman) and can offer better first hand performance on this cartridge.

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Thanks for the advice guys. Shot my first deer with a .270 last year, but I really wanted something to shoot prairie dogs, deer and coyotes with. Besides, it's always fun to get a new gun! Anyways, very impressed with the feel of the .243, just feels right in my hands and shot very well right out of the box.
 

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For deer hunting you want the 100 gr. Federal has 100 gr loaded with the Nosler partition bullet, pretty hard to beat the performance of Nosler.
I've got to agree with huntingman on this one, I would also go with the 100gr. Federal loads.
 

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Remington Core-Lokt 100 grain. They're relatively cheep compared to most brands and just as effective as the best of them. I've used nothing but Core-Lokt in .243 and .270 for the past several years. My $.02 worth . . .

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