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which is better for deer hunting .243, .25-60, .270

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I use a .270 for mullies in Colorado. Its a fast flat shooting round, that can reach out there if needed. I guess it would really depend on the terain and conditions you hunt. Here there is a good chance of a shot over 200 yards, plus elk season is the same time so it doubles up as a great elk gun too.

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I hunt the south east of our country and any of the three would do just fine for deer hunting although if I had to choose I would also say .270

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Where have we heard this question before? 25-06

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The 243 is a fine cartridge, but the 25-06 I would have to say is a better choice.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

25-06... very low recoil like the .243 but hits like a .270. Flattens deer beyond all reason. They seldom take a step after impact. One of the best long range varmint rifles available. I like to shoot a lot before season. The .270 makes my shoulder sore at 15-20 rounds. I can shoot hunndreds of 25-06s with no soreness. The .243 is a sweet rifle for inside 250 yards but gets wimpy beyond that range. Thats plenty for 95% of deer but the 25-06 and .270 smack deer dead out to 500 yards if you are shooting plains muleys or beanfield whitetails.

Inside of 200 yards a deer would be hard pressed to determine which of these they were hit with.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

What everybody else said, with this aside.
If you choose to go with the .243 Win, use nothing lighter than 100 grain bullets.

Bubba

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

All three are very well suited for deer.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I use all three, depends on which one I feel like taking out, for longer shots though I will use the 25-06 or the 270. The 243 I have is a leveraction with iron sites that I only use for 300 yard shots or closer.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

DakotaMan

You forgot the 25-06 is hell on Speed Goats!

3 rifles to own, 22-250, 25-06 and the 30-06. If you need a bigger rifle, then the 338 Win Mag is my next choice. I've owned a 300 Win Mag and able to shoot it all day, but that sweet speed pill out of the 25-06 sure became my #1 go to on Mule Deer. I sold the powder hog 300 Win Mag, I just couldn't see having the two and one fella believed if he owned my 300, he would shoot like me. Latter he found out different and why I went to the 25-06. Could say, come with age comes wisdom!

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I have fired all three, like the 270, but if I am gonna be in Bear Country prefer a 30/06

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Moishe DITTO's and may I tweak that just a little if I may Sir.

It actually boils down to the geographical location you hunt. Perhaps rattlesnakes and illegal aliens trafficking drugs, money, people and hijacking those who do it may be in your area of hunt. Then you might be in an area where bears etc may have you on the menu. In either case, be prepared with the right cartridge and firearm used.

I'm afraid to say for the first time in my life, what I've known and warned in the past has come to be!

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The one you can most relialbly place the bullet into the vitals of the game you pursue is the one I would use.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I don't use either of the three, but my top pick for deer only would be the .25-06 Rem. I have a .257 Roberts which is between the .243 Win and the .25-06 Rem, but I don't use it much due to the fact that almost everywhere that I hunt is also home to big bears and large kitties. I feel like I am able to shoot all my scoped rifles equally well since the setups are almost identical, so I pick my rifle du jour based on the largest varmint I might encounter and the ranges I expect to have to shoot.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

WAM i don't suppose you'd like to part w/ the .257 bob?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Well, actually I have parted with three in the past five or so years. I sold a minty 722 to a guy who collects 721 nd 722 Remingtons, a LNIB Savage 110 composite (a rare model that I did not know was rare) to my pastor, and a LNIB Winchester M-70 to one of Beekeeper's friends last year. All were shooters, but the 722 had a worn extractor and would not extract on occasion.

My current one is a Ruger M-77 tang safety made in the 200th year of American Liberty, so I think I will keep it!

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from Phil1227 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

All three are great guns for deer but I would choose the .270.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

25-06 or 30-06.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

givin the choice I would go with the .270, but all three will definitely kill deer!

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Clay, you are dead right that the 25-06 is great on antelope. Although the question was about deer, the versatility of the 25-06 for the game I hunt makes it one of my favorite cartridges.

With 75g bullets at 3750 fps I find it is easier to shoot prairie dogs at longer ranges than a 22-250 or a .220 Swift. The 25-06 is comfortable at 600 yards in ANY kind of wind.

With 87g bullets at 3600 fps, it smacks coyotes and foxes out to 500 yards. It is hard to beat on running coyotes... very similar to the fast .22s... the bullet hits about and inch behind the cross hairs at 200 yards on the fastest coyote. It has much more punch than the fast .22s beyond 300 yards.

The 100g bullets at 3350 fps smack antelope and deer dead in their tracks out to 500 yards (similar to .270 but it actually seems to flatten deer instantly more often). I have experienced nothing but full penetration on dozens of deer except for an end-to-end shot on a big buck at 250 yards (bullet broke pelvis, six ribs, blew up heart and stuck in hide on brisket).

I haven't found much use for the big 115-120g bullets at 3150 fps yet except for 1000 yard targets and p-dogs but I doubt that any elk within 250 yards would stop one. They certainly do a job on deer but seem to be way more than necessary and they actually produce almost as much recoil as a 130g .270 so I don't mess with them much.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Here in NE any of the three will do for deer hunting, but please, go to the range and do lots of shooting year around. The wanta-be hunter who only shoots his rifle once a year usually does our fine sport of hunting a terrible injustice by crippling a lot of game and never following up on it. Be a good hunter and respect our game animals.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

the .270 always good

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I have used a .243 and a .270 on deer. All the deer died right there but if I had to buy one just for deer hunting I would get the 25/06. More juice than a .243 and less recoil than the .270. If you want to hunt coyotes too then go .243 and if elk are a possiblility then go .270. The deer aren't going to care much as long as you shoot straight.
ps I generally agree with FirstBubba on the bullet weight issue unless you are going to use the Barnes TSX in 85gr.
Enjoy whatever you get!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Couldn't say. So far, I've only used a Remington 700 chambered for .308. The gun is very accurate and will kill deer...but may be a little over-powered for whitetail. My father uses .243 and has killed deer accurately at 100-120 yards.

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from redneckdeerhunter wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

270 win bolt action

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I use a .270 for mullies in Colorado. Its a fast flat shooting round, that can reach out there if needed. I guess it would really depend on the terain and conditions you hunt. Here there is a good chance of a shot over 200 yards, plus elk season is the same time so it doubles up as a great elk gun too.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

25-06... very low recoil like the .243 but hits like a .270. Flattens deer beyond all reason. They seldom take a step after impact. One of the best long range varmint rifles available. I like to shoot a lot before season. The .270 makes my shoulder sore at 15-20 rounds. I can shoot hunndreds of 25-06s with no soreness. The .243 is a sweet rifle for inside 250 yards but gets wimpy beyond that range. Thats plenty for 95% of deer but the 25-06 and .270 smack deer dead out to 500 yards if you are shooting plains muleys or beanfield whitetails.

Inside of 200 yards a deer would be hard pressed to determine which of these they were hit with.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

What everybody else said, with this aside.
If you choose to go with the .243 Win, use nothing lighter than 100 grain bullets.

Bubba

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

All three are very well suited for deer.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

DakotaMan

You forgot the 25-06 is hell on Speed Goats!

3 rifles to own, 22-250, 25-06 and the 30-06. If you need a bigger rifle, then the 338 Win Mag is my next choice. I've owned a 300 Win Mag and able to shoot it all day, but that sweet speed pill out of the 25-06 sure became my #1 go to on Mule Deer. I sold the powder hog 300 Win Mag, I just couldn't see having the two and one fella believed if he owned my 300, he would shoot like me. Latter he found out different and why I went to the 25-06. Could say, come with age comes wisdom!

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I hunt the south east of our country and any of the three would do just fine for deer hunting although if I had to choose I would also say .270

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The 243 is a fine cartridge, but the 25-06 I would have to say is a better choice.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I have fired all three, like the 270, but if I am gonna be in Bear Country prefer a 30/06

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Where have we heard this question before? 25-06

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I use all three, depends on which one I feel like taking out, for longer shots though I will use the 25-06 or the 270. The 243 I have is a leveraction with iron sites that I only use for 300 yard shots or closer.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Moishe DITTO's and may I tweak that just a little if I may Sir.

It actually boils down to the geographical location you hunt. Perhaps rattlesnakes and illegal aliens trafficking drugs, money, people and hijacking those who do it may be in your area of hunt. Then you might be in an area where bears etc may have you on the menu. In either case, be prepared with the right cartridge and firearm used.

I'm afraid to say for the first time in my life, what I've known and warned in the past has come to be!

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The one you can most relialbly place the bullet into the vitals of the game you pursue is the one I would use.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I don't use either of the three, but my top pick for deer only would be the .25-06 Rem. I have a .257 Roberts which is between the .243 Win and the .25-06 Rem, but I don't use it much due to the fact that almost everywhere that I hunt is also home to big bears and large kitties. I feel like I am able to shoot all my scoped rifles equally well since the setups are almost identical, so I pick my rifle du jour based on the largest varmint I might encounter and the ranges I expect to have to shoot.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

WAM i don't suppose you'd like to part w/ the .257 bob?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Well, actually I have parted with three in the past five or so years. I sold a minty 722 to a guy who collects 721 nd 722 Remingtons, a LNIB Savage 110 composite (a rare model that I did not know was rare) to my pastor, and a LNIB Winchester M-70 to one of Beekeeper's friends last year. All were shooters, but the 722 had a worn extractor and would not extract on occasion.

My current one is a Ruger M-77 tang safety made in the 200th year of American Liberty, so I think I will keep it!

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from Phil1227 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

All three are great guns for deer but I would choose the .270.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

25-06 or 30-06.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

givin the choice I would go with the .270, but all three will definitely kill deer!

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Clay, you are dead right that the 25-06 is great on antelope. Although the question was about deer, the versatility of the 25-06 for the game I hunt makes it one of my favorite cartridges.

With 75g bullets at 3750 fps I find it is easier to shoot prairie dogs at longer ranges than a 22-250 or a .220 Swift. The 25-06 is comfortable at 600 yards in ANY kind of wind.

With 87g bullets at 3600 fps, it smacks coyotes and foxes out to 500 yards. It is hard to beat on running coyotes... very similar to the fast .22s... the bullet hits about and inch behind the cross hairs at 200 yards on the fastest coyote. It has much more punch than the fast .22s beyond 300 yards.

The 100g bullets at 3350 fps smack antelope and deer dead in their tracks out to 500 yards (similar to .270 but it actually seems to flatten deer instantly more often). I have experienced nothing but full penetration on dozens of deer except for an end-to-end shot on a big buck at 250 yards (bullet broke pelvis, six ribs, blew up heart and stuck in hide on brisket).

I haven't found much use for the big 115-120g bullets at 3150 fps yet except for 1000 yard targets and p-dogs but I doubt that any elk within 250 yards would stop one. They certainly do a job on deer but seem to be way more than necessary and they actually produce almost as much recoil as a 130g .270 so I don't mess with them much.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Here in NE any of the three will do for deer hunting, but please, go to the range and do lots of shooting year around. The wanta-be hunter who only shoots his rifle once a year usually does our fine sport of hunting a terrible injustice by crippling a lot of game and never following up on it. Be a good hunter and respect our game animals.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

the .270 always good

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I have used a .243 and a .270 on deer. All the deer died right there but if I had to buy one just for deer hunting I would get the 25/06. More juice than a .243 and less recoil than the .270. If you want to hunt coyotes too then go .243 and if elk are a possiblility then go .270. The deer aren't going to care much as long as you shoot straight.
ps I generally agree with FirstBubba on the bullet weight issue unless you are going to use the Barnes TSX in 85gr.
Enjoy whatever you get!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Couldn't say. So far, I've only used a Remington 700 chambered for .308. The gun is very accurate and will kill deer...but may be a little over-powered for whitetail. My father uses .243 and has killed deer accurately at 100-120 yards.

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from redneckdeerhunter wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

270 win bolt action

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