congrats on the looooooong shot. I shot my first buck with a 243 quite a few years back, it went about 15 yds with a perfect heart shot. I shot factory winchester ammo out of a remington model 700 bdl.
That 243 is a great whitetail deer gun. Both of my sons have Savages chambered in that caliber. I shoot a 270 that I just got this year for whitetail. My youngest son just killed his first deer and it went right down without taking a single step.
I shoot Remington Core-Lokt 100 grain in my Savage Model 11. My # 2 son dropped his first deer with it a couple years back, but we haven't used it much since. We've been trying out some of the other rifles that we have.
A few years back, I shot at a deer that bolted like a scalded rabbit. I was ready to head for the house after that, but my # 1 son said we should at least walk down to where it was standing before I shot at it. Neither one of us could believe it, but there was blood spatter on the ground so we started to follow the blood trail. Sure enough, about 65-70 yards later we found the doe - dead as the proverbial doornail.
It wasn't until field dressing the doe up at the house that we made a really neat discovery. There was a bullet hole right through the doe's heart. May sound a little gross, but I actually stuck my finger right in the hole. I still find it hard to believe that deer ran that far with a bullet hole right through its heart.
Here's what a .243 can kill with good shot placement and a well-constructed bullet:
This is the largest bull elk I ever mounted as a taxidermist. It was killed by a 16 years old boy who was shooting a .243 using Barnes bullets. The bull dropped in its tracks to a heart shot.
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