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There is nothing wrong with a 243 for Deer

The 243 used to be the recommended starter rifle caliber for Deer Hunting. It is easy to shoot and doesn't really have any recoil to be concerned with. There are calibers that hit alot harder and are also capable of taking game larger than Deer. If Deer is all that's on your agenda a 243 should do fine. I don't own one but the friends that hunt with them selected the top weighted loads in 243. I believe that the recommended Deer loads are 100gr or 105gr. If you are looking at buying this rifle you may want to consider other calibers like the .260 Rem, 7mm-08, .308 Win, .270 Win, or 30-06. Deer are not that hard to kill. Bullet placement is always the most important thing, and a 243 makes it easy to put it in the right place. Some of the Hunters on this forum use the 243, and I am sure they will offer their opinions.

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I shot my first deer with a 243 win and consider it the starting point for deer caliber selection. For most deer hunting it is fine. Are there better ones to pick from, you bet. Purchasing a 243 is an excellent way to pass a rifle down to a son/daughter ect. Good luck and happy shopping!
 

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I have a 243 already but we've never used it to hunt deer. Its just alot easier for me to see through the scope on it than our other guns so I wanted to give it a try. I just figured id get some opinions first.
 

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Get in some range time with your hunting loads

It would be a good idea to pick up at least 3 boxes of different manufacturers 100gr ammo for your rifle. Head out to the range and find which manufacturer's 100gr works best in your rifle. Then plan on buying several more boxes of the one that your rifle likes. Try to never buy other Companies ammo after you have settled on one. It is amazing that shooters are sometimes surprized when the point of impact or group size changes drastically after swapping to a different manufacturer. Ammo for a rifle is not like gas in a car, the rifle will behave differently if you change it. I always worry when I see someone shooting the last of their ammo up prior to the Deer Hunting opener. They usually say I have to go pick up some more from the store. I just hope for their sake that the store still has on the shelf exactly what they were shooting. There is a lot number on the inside flap of a box of ammo, many shooters will check to see that the boxes they just grabbed off the shelf are the same lot. Companies tool up for a run of a cartrige and then loads thousands of rounds. These are then boxed up and all given the same lot number. Two rounds out of different boxes with the same lot number are identical. Let us know how things work out with your 243. If shooting ever starts feeling like work you are doing something wrong.

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Savage Model 11

I shot my first deer with a 243 win and consider it the starting point for deer caliber selection. For most deer hunting it is fine. Are there better ones to pick from, you bet. Purchasing a 243 is an excellent way to pass a rifle down to a son/daughter ect. Good luck and happy shopping!
Passed mine down to my daughter, so that my grandchildren can learn to hunt. My youngest son used the rifle to kill his first deer.

We use Remington Core-Lokt in 100 grain and trust them implicitly.

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RR, I've also trusted Remington ammo over the years. I shot that 3 pt in PA with the 243 and he took like two steps after a heart shot. Funny, this week my son was giving me his list of guns that he wants. He wasn't too happy when I told him his sister wants a few! :crybaby:I should just sell them and get a boat! :w00t:
 

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I have killed more than 40 deer with a 1958 Winchester model 70 in .243.Once I started knocking them down with it,I saw no reason to change.I use Remington core-lokts in 100 grain.
 

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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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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 :ph34r:
 

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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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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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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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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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