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#1 rocky

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 12:26 PM

Thinking on picking up a 243 and was just wondering what you all thought about this caliber for deer and what bullet weight you prefer.


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#2 3macs1

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 12:35 PM

Switched from a 280 cal some years ago due to a bad shoulder and figured I would see a big difference on deer but didnot . It is a joy to shoot the 243 especially if you shoot a few boxes a year

Took I think 8 deer with the 243 and all were might as well say bang flops with hand loads 100g nosler partitions . None went more than 50 yards most fell on the spot and two were huge bodied sask deer

 Have three 243 rifles now and they will die with me

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#3 beaverhunter

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 02:51 PM

Thinking on picking up a 243 and was just wondering what you all thought about this caliber for deer and what bullet weight you prefer.

 

Minimum cal for deer I would go with and I think it's min cal in the regs.

 

Shots are usually under 100 yards anyways in NS unless you are hunting clear cuts and power lines so I see no issues using a .243.

 

I am just a sucker for those .30 cals for hunting big game though, and there is a bit more room for error the bigger cal you go.


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Posted 30 March 2021 - 06:32 PM

GET IT !!! Get it...get it..get it...LOL

 

You'll have no regrets at all !!

Easy recoil, accurate, ammo isn't too hard to find. Shot several deer and my biggest deer to date with [email protected] 150 yds..made 4 leaps and piled up. Hand loaded 95 grain Nosler BT on that one cuz there were no Partitions available anywhere at the time !! 


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Posted 30 March 2021 - 06:36 PM

100 grainers are likely the most common you'll find  in factory fodder.


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#6 3macs1

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 06:56 PM

My bud doesn't reload but gets his deer every year with just the 243 federals canadian tire sells. They are 100g partitions

 

https://www.canadian...k-0751170p.html


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#7 greybeard

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 07:01 AM

I use 100 grain Hornady or Nosler 95 gr Ballistic Tip handloaded ammo, one of my favorite calibers.

I used the Federal soft point blue box to start with when I got the rifle years ago and they shot well.


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Posted 31 March 2021 - 07:38 AM

I love my 243  great gun i use 100 gr speers and for coyotes 62 gr barnes


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#9 Caper391

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 07:57 AM

The next firearm I purchase will be a 243 for sure. Deer and yotes all wrapped up in one neat little caliber.


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Posted 01 April 2021 - 01:45 PM

I also picked one up for this years deer season, as well as a .270 just in case I wanted to try that lol.
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#11 greybeard

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 07:31 AM

243 and 270 are very good calibers to have, I have both as well.


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