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#5419884 - 11/14/14 06:28 AM .243
lonestar1995 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 76
Anyone had any bad experiences with a .243 before?. I've had success with it but I'm worried that one day I'll regret using the smaller caliber.

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#5419898 - 11/14/14 06:38 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
dee Offline
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 4665
Loc: Red River way
The 243 is great if you use good bullets. It will run bullets fairly fast so if you sling a cup and core bullet into a shoulder fast you aren't likely to have the harmonious outcome as if you put it through the ribs. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is a crossover round as it has varmint bullets and big game bullets so special care needs to be made on bullet choices.
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#5419908 - 11/14/14 07:05 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 678
Loc: Palo Pinto county
I hunt with a 243 and believe it's enough that's why I leave my 25-06 and 308 at home . Between my nephew and I my 243 has killed 4 deer so far this year. Just go buy a box of winchester super x power point 100 grain ammo (grey box ) this bullet will drop them right there if you do your part.


Edited by Cattleman (11/14/14 07:06 AM)

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#5419942 - 11/14/14 07:19 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4783
Loc: Germany
It's a great deer round. Go 95 or 100 gr bullets.
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#5419961 - 11/14/14 07:33 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41117
Loc: Metroplex
Great little round, the 80gr TTSX are nasty medicine.

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#5419971 - 11/14/14 07:44 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 1781
Loc: Dallas, Tx.
I've used it for many years and have no complaints.

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#5420017 - 11/14/14 08:05 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
7ARanch Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1525
Loc: Tarrant/Jack, County
My wife uses one, great rifle caliber. She's taken 10 deer and several hogs with it. She's using the whitetail specials.
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#5420020 - 11/14/14 08:05 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
Novemberyet Offline
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Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 6317
Loc: Eastland Co.
Use a heavier bullet (100-grain) and it'll handle most anything in Texas.
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#5420033 - 11/14/14 08:10 AM Re: .243 [Re: TxYoteHunter]
rockinrdranch Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/02/13
Posts: 167
Very good caliber for Texas sized deer. I have been shooting core lokts for years. No complaints.

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#5420037 - 11/14/14 08:13 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
Big Daddy K Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
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243 is a great little round. One of my favorites.
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#5420086 - 11/14/14 08:35 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
cowboybam58 Offline
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Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 1102
Loc: Abilene
It's been my gun of choice for 20 years. Farthest shot was 375 yds on a broadside doe. Dropped hogs well over 200 pounds in their tracks. Taken more game than I can count. Best gun I've ever owned.

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#5420104 - 11/14/14 08:41 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7196
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
I have a pre-64 Model 70 in .243. Don't use it much, but it's incredibly accurate. The caliber is fine for Texas deer.
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#5420162 - 11/14/14 09:04 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 971
Loc: Straight out of Johnson County
LOVE THE ROUND for deer... somebody will fight with you about it but there have been plenty of elk taken with it... not saying I would but put the bullet in the boiler room and no problem.

more about shot placement than anything
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#5420185 - 11/14/14 09:09 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 313
Love it.... Wish i had never sold mine.

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#5420195 - 11/14/14 09:13 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/21/11
Posts: 106
Loc: Justin, TX
I have actually put up my 30-06 this year and am using the Ruger 243 with 100 gr. Federal that I bought for my son. Very accurate.

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