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Question by Stephen08. Uploaded on September 17, 2010
7mm-08 - heavier bullets, moderate (by today's standards) velocity, more power.
.243 - light bullets, high velocity, flat shooting, less power.
As you might expect with both bullets being in the same case, the little bullet goes faster and had less penetration. The smaller bullet is good for varmints and game up to deer size. The larger bullet is good for varmints up to elk sized game. I would say the larger bullet gives you a wider spectrum of hunting for one rifle. If you are going to be shooting more little varmints and no elk, the the smaller bullet is better for you.
If you are a (ONE GUN HUNTER)and plan to hunt varmints
to deer and Elk the 7mm-08 is your best bet.
Its a 308 cases necked down to a 7mm bullit, it shoot
like a babby .270win, The .243win is a 308 cases necked down to a 6mm/24Cal,Flat&fast also, it good on
all game up to deer and Antelope.
The .243Win came out in 1955,The 7mm/08Rem in 1982
and put the smack down on the .243Win. my pick is the 7mm/08. GOOD LUCK
thanks for the help!
All good comments, and there's little I can add. I regard the .243 as a varmint cartridge you can use for deer if you choose the heavier bullets. I consider the 7mm-08 as a deer cartridge you can use for varmint if you choose the lighter bullets. The 7mm-08 compares well to the 7x57mm Mauser, one of my favorite deer cartridges. Both cartridges are great to reload!
Both are excellent deer cartridges and the 243 is a superb varmint round. I agree with Ed that both are a joy to reload and quite economical
I would say that if you are intending to hunt nothing larger than Northern Mule Deer ie 3-400 pounds on the hoof the .243 Winchester with 100 gr soft points is your rifle. If you should decide that you may one day have the urge to hunt elk to moose sized game the 7mm-08 is your gun. I have been hunting mule deer in North Dakota with a 243 Winchester for the last 15 years and even a mediocre shot ( ie a liver shot) will put a 400 lb mulie buck down within 3 steps.
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