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Question by hickboy518. Uploaded on January 21, 2010
No. I think alot of states that is the smallest caliber you can legally hunt deer with. I would go heavier if you can.
No. With a 100 grain bullet and good shot placement it is a very good cartridge for deer. The first several deer I took were with a bolt action .243 and most were on the ground within 30 yards. I think it is a great starter cartridge due to the low recoil and as long as you know the limitations a very efficient killer.
no i have killed a few deer with a 243 but i would not go any smaller thow but thats my op
Great deer rifle
I killed quite of few with my Winchester Model 70 243
.243win is quite capable of taking whitetail and mule deer. Just like any rifle, practice, practice, practice. Its about shot placement. Also get yourself some good ammo, some .243win ammo is more suitable for varmints and wouldn't hold up well on something bigger like a deer.
No as long as you make sure you have the right bullets. It's fine, but I like to go bigger. Why? Why not?
No I do not think it is to small. As a matter of fact I believe it is a good starter for the kids.
Depending on the avg size of the deer where you will be hunting will tell you if its too small of a round or not
Not at all. I have killed deer with a 223. Shot placement is key.. And we have killed elk with a 243. With good shot placement all it takes is one shot.....
243 is a great caliber to hunt deer with, growing up i killed dozens with one shot. definitely a good caliber!!!
The .243 Win cartridge is adequate for whitetails and mule deer with 90-105 grain bullets and proper placement. Check your local game regulations to see if it is permitted in your area, since regs differ from state to state (and from county to county).
Lots of folks like them and are successful with the .243/6mm's but I personally do not care to go below a .25 caliber for whitetails as I don't like bullets as light as 100 grains, but that's just my opinion, and opinions are like armpits and behinds, everybody has at least one and they sometimes stink. haha. Good hunting, all.
Ditto, 007. I, too, prefer a heavier caliber, but the .243 will work fine with proper shot placement.
Lots of guys use it. It is the legal minimum in Saskatchewan for big game. I know a guy who regularly hunts moose with his. That is something I wouldn't do but it works for him and he has admitted that he has had to pass up on a lot of shots because he knew the limitations of his rifle and that if he had a heavier caliber he could have taken the shot. That being said he has always come home with a moose.
I think a lot of guys use a 243 because it will work for deer if proper shot placement is used and if they are recoil sensitive it is great.
Personnally if I was buys a rifle for myself I would get a little more punch. I have a 270 win and love it.
YOU NEED POWER WHILE DEER HUNTING DURING BEAR SEASON. I USE MY 30-06 THEN AND MY .357 MARLIN ONCE BEAR SEASON HAS ENDED AND DEER IS STILL GOING.
i use one but would like a slightly bigger bullet hole
It is on the small side for deer cartriges but still it is a highly effective deer cartrige. I have seen scientific studies done showing that there is NO difference in the killing effect of cartriges from .243 to .300 Winchester Magnum as long as the projectile is a valid hunting bullet and the hit is in a vital area (heart/lung). Lots of deer have fallen to the .243 and its light recoil has made many a hunter better at hitting vital areas. I myself prefer a .25-06 for increased range but fully understand that some like Chevys and some like Fords.
I have 2 243's and as said with good shot placement it will easily put a deer down and even larger animals if you buy larger grain bullets. I use 100 grain for deer.
It is an ideal choice for the hunter with a torn rotator cuff who cannot tolerate heavier recoiling calibers, and who also has the forbearance to pass up on shots that require breaking though heavy bone.
My favorite deer rifle is my Remington 700 BDL 22-250
243 wil work for whitetail sized game also works great on coyote.
Not in competant hands with a good bullet.
I usat I usually shoot a 30/06, not that I really need it for whitetails, but there are things out there that justify having it along, such as big hawgs or cougars, or even a bear or two I have seen the tracks and have no wish to be "undergunned".
bat4, .223 is illegal in many states for whitetails, and in reality it's not much of a round on hopped up Gent's in the Sandbox, SOCOM is going with the 6.5 Grendel or larger.
If i'm not mistaking i think the legal caliber you hunt for elk in colorado is a 243...so i would think if they trust that caliber for a 800 lb animal....i would think a 243 is plenty big for a deer.
The .243 Win is the legal minimum in quite a few states. I guess that if the minimum wasn't good enough, it would not be the minimum. I prefer the .257 or .264's as a starting point, butthe .243 is fine for deer with a sturdy bullet of 90 to 100 grains.
The best caliber for white tails in open country! Quality ammunition and good shot placement are crucial, but that should be a serious concern no matter what caliber rifle you choose. So many people criticize the use of 243s because "if a bad shot is made, they just wound deer". If accuracy is your concern, spend a little more time at the range. Carrying a large caliber rifle doesn't make up for bad marksmanship. I've killed 11 deer dead in their tracks with a 243, one shot each. I've also spent countless hours tracking deer shot by others on various hunts most shot with rifles in the 30 caliber family. It's not the size of your gun it's how you use it, right?
.24 bore has killed a bunch of ungulates, when I have used one(.240wby)it killed the deer but on a couple of occasions I wish it had been a .257rbts or .25-06. I just need some gravy on the ground if they turn into track stars, all I can say is .22's & 24's kill'em but bigger holes let out enough gravy so as the hair don't absorb the little comeing out. To bad the industry don't see the value of that little charmer the .250 savage, first one to 3000, say goodnight. The next 99 in .250 might just ride next to me on the way home.
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