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#5419884 - 11/14/14 06:28 AM .243
lonestar1995 Offline

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.

#5419898 - 11/14/14 06:38 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
dee Online   content
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 4953
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.
"A vote is like a rifle; it's usefulness depends on the character of the user" Theodore Roosevelt

#5419908 - 11/14/14 07:05 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
Cattleman Online   content

Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 769
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)

#5419942 - 11/14/14 07:19 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
kry226 Online   content

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5111
Loc: Germany
It's a great deer round. Go 95 or 100 gr bullets.

#5419961 - 11/14/14 07:33 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42164
Loc: Metroplex
Great little round, the 80gr TTSX are nasty medicine.

#5419971 - 11/14/14 07:44 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
TxYoteHunter Offline

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 1809
Loc: Dallas, Tx.
I've used it for many years and have no complaints.

#5420017 - 11/14/14 08:05 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
7ARanch Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1526
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.
Destroyer 340; Easton Flatline; Grim Reapers
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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: 6454
Loc: Eastland Co.
Use a heavier bullet (100-grain) and it'll handle most anything in Texas.

#5420033 - 11/14/14 08:10 AM Re: .243 [Re: TxYoteHunter]
rockinrdranch Offline

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

#5420037 - 11/14/14 08:13 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
Big Daddy K Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 2803
243 is a great little round. One of my favorites.
It ain't easy being me.

#5420086 - 11/14/14 08:35 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
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Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 1127
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.

#5420104 - 11/14/14 08:41 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 8559
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.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#5420162 - 11/14/14 09:04 AM Re: .243 [Re: lonestar1995]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 1003
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]
tx_basser Offline
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Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 324
Love it.... Wish i had never sold mine.

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

Registered: 11/21/11
Posts: 107
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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