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Whats a better gun, a .243 or a 7mm-08 and why?

Question by huntinman20. Uploaded on November 26, 2010

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

that depends on what game you will be hunting

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

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from lefthandedshooter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

i prefer 243 cause of the fact that i use it on prairie dogs up to deer its also one of the 4 most popular varmint cariges and in many opinions its the best cause it is a good deer cartridge

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

They sort of cover the same territory. Varmints to deer. The bigger 7mm doesn't really extend your versatility to the large side much, if at all. Might throw in black bear for it, but it's not exactly an elk and moose cartridge.

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from tkd10 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

There's a big difference between the .243 and the 7mm-08. Though both great guns, the 7mm is more of a long range gun and some would say a bit of an "overkill".(unless you are hunting from far distances) The .243 is a great gun, but doesn't have the knockdown power that the 7mm have. Recoil in the two guns are also very different. The 7mm has quite a kick and the .243...not as much. However, it all depends on what you are hunting and where. If you are just planning on hunting deer(at a fairly close range, less than 300 yrd) or varmints then you cant go wrong with the .243. on the other hand, if you are hunting elk, moose, or anything of that size and from long distances then i'd go with the 7mm-08.
Hope this helps and good luck!

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I have both a .243W and 7mm/08R, At one time Winchester loaded a 105gr for the .243W a real good deep woods round but no longer, the 7mm/08R loads are 120gr,139gr/sst,139ge/sst~Lm,140gr/psp.
IMO~ its a better all around caliber for Deer,Black Bear,Moose,Elk. If the .243W came in a Factory 115Gr bullit,I would not have the 7mm/08R. Good Luck

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I'm not so sure that I would agree with the post above stating that a "7mm-08 is more of a long range gun and some would say a bit of an "overkill". The 7mm-08 is a great deer cartridge for moderate range shooting, but it is not a long range rifle for any application, same goes for all those small case cartridges.

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from cmikles1 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I would go 7mm-08. It has a a little more diameter. While some go for higher velocities, which is fine, I prefer larger diameter.

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from mountaindew732 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I own a 7mm08 and I think it is great for deer. I think it has much better knock down power than the .243 without destroying the meat. I like both the 7mm08 and the .243 but i would trust the 7mm08 more when putting it into a deer. I have never had to track a deer more than 20 ft with it. You may want the .243 though if you are concerned about kick, as the 7mm08 has way more buck than a .243

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I've had a .243 and a 7mm-08. I like the 7mm-08 a lot better. You can get the 7mm-08 in 120,140, and 150 grain bullets. .243 is usually under 100. 7mm-08 is alot flatter shooting and is a great cartridge for any thin skinned game

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

They are both great cartridges based on the venerable .308 case. The .243 is excellent for small varmints up to deer. It does not have as much punch on deer sized game as the 7mm-08 though. If deer is your primary quary, I would suggest the 7mm.

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

You don"t indicate what it is to be used for or who is going to use it. As a boy, my son used the 243 exclusively for mule deer and elk. After him two young girls used the 243 and a 6mm I also owned for deer and elk. A little light for elk but no complaints. I own and successfully use a 7mm-08 on mule deer and small African antelope.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Niether, I refuse to hunt with Peashooters. If you would like to pursue game with an under sized rifle you go right ahead. I won't judge you. Personally my choice would be a 308. In a savage, tikka, or Weatherby vanguard. Just my thoughts.

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

A lot of crap answers on this one...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I don't pussy foot around, 25-06!

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

.243 makes one heck of a deer rifle with the right gun and scope.

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from The Deer Slayer wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I personally use a .243 Win with a Bushnell scope. It is good for deer and other game animals

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from Tomtalker64 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

.243, Just because its been around longer and its easier to find ammo, and or replacement parts for

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from snipekiller wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

i have killed deer with both. A 7 08 is way better.

I have killed deer with both and will always pick .7 08 over a.243. The.7 leaves agood blood trail,if itdoesnt drop it.The.243 just isnt reliable.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

They are both great cartridges based on the venerable .308 case. The .243 is excellent for small varmints up to deer. It does not have as much punch on deer sized game as the 7mm-08 though. If deer is your primary quary, I would suggest the 7mm.

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

You don"t indicate what it is to be used for or who is going to use it. As a boy, my son used the 243 exclusively for mule deer and elk. After him two young girls used the 243 and a 6mm I also owned for deer and elk. A little light for elk but no complaints. I own and successfully use a 7mm-08 on mule deer and small African antelope.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I have both a .243W and 7mm/08R, At one time Winchester loaded a 105gr for the .243W a real good deep woods round but no longer, the 7mm/08R loads are 120gr,139gr/sst,139ge/sst~Lm,140gr/psp.
IMO~ its a better all around caliber for Deer,Black Bear,Moose,Elk. If the .243W came in a Factory 115Gr bullit,I would not have the 7mm/08R. Good Luck

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I'm not so sure that I would agree with the post above stating that a "7mm-08 is more of a long range gun and some would say a bit of an "overkill". The 7mm-08 is a great deer cartridge for moderate range shooting, but it is not a long range rifle for any application, same goes for all those small case cartridges.

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from cmikles1 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I would go 7mm-08. It has a a little more diameter. While some go for higher velocities, which is fine, I prefer larger diameter.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Niether, I refuse to hunt with Peashooters. If you would like to pursue game with an under sized rifle you go right ahead. I won't judge you. Personally my choice would be a 308. In a savage, tikka, or Weatherby vanguard. Just my thoughts.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I don't pussy foot around, 25-06!

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from The Deer Slayer wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I personally use a .243 Win with a Bushnell scope. It is good for deer and other game animals

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

that depends on what game you will be hunting

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from lefthandedshooter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

i prefer 243 cause of the fact that i use it on prairie dogs up to deer its also one of the 4 most popular varmint cariges and in many opinions its the best cause it is a good deer cartridge

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

They sort of cover the same territory. Varmints to deer. The bigger 7mm doesn't really extend your versatility to the large side much, if at all. Might throw in black bear for it, but it's not exactly an elk and moose cartridge.

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from tkd10 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

There's a big difference between the .243 and the 7mm-08. Though both great guns, the 7mm is more of a long range gun and some would say a bit of an "overkill".(unless you are hunting from far distances) The .243 is a great gun, but doesn't have the knockdown power that the 7mm have. Recoil in the two guns are also very different. The 7mm has quite a kick and the .243...not as much. However, it all depends on what you are hunting and where. If you are just planning on hunting deer(at a fairly close range, less than 300 yrd) or varmints then you cant go wrong with the .243. on the other hand, if you are hunting elk, moose, or anything of that size and from long distances then i'd go with the 7mm-08.
Hope this helps and good luck!

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from mountaindew732 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I own a 7mm08 and I think it is great for deer. I think it has much better knock down power than the .243 without destroying the meat. I like both the 7mm08 and the .243 but i would trust the 7mm08 more when putting it into a deer. I have never had to track a deer more than 20 ft with it. You may want the .243 though if you are concerned about kick, as the 7mm08 has way more buck than a .243

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I've had a .243 and a 7mm-08. I like the 7mm-08 a lot better. You can get the 7mm-08 in 120,140, and 150 grain bullets. .243 is usually under 100. 7mm-08 is alot flatter shooting and is a great cartridge for any thin skinned game

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

.243 makes one heck of a deer rifle with the right gun and scope.

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from Tomtalker64 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

.243, Just because its been around longer and its easier to find ammo, and or replacement parts for

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from snipekiller wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

i have killed deer with both. A 7 08 is way better.

I have killed deer with both and will always pick .7 08 over a.243. The.7 leaves agood blood trail,if itdoesnt drop it.The.243 just isnt reliable.

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

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