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#5459202 - 12/05/14 07:51 AM 7mm08
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My son is 8yo and shoots a 243, which if the deer run after the hit it doesn't leave much of a blood trail. Would a 7mm08 be to much gun for a kid?

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#5459204 - 12/05/14 07:52 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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Originally Posted By: txprowler
My son is 8yo and shoots a 243, which if the deer run after the hit it doesn't leave much of a blood trail. Would a 7mm08 be to much gun for a kid?


Try the 80gr TTSX if you want a blood trail in a 243

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#5459216 - 12/05/14 07:58 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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No a 7-08 wouldn't be too much for some kids, would be for others. I'd switch bullets in the 243 and keep using it though. Nothing wrong with a 243 on whitetail and they're great for kiddos.
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#5459218 - 12/05/14 08:00 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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I started shooting 7mm08 when I was 10 or 11.

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#5459239 - 12/05/14 08:16 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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Like said above, your problem isn't with 243, it is with your bullet selection. Either get you some of the bullets he recommended or a Nosler Partition(Federal Loads them) They will make a huge difference.


Edited by redchevy (12/05/14 08:16 AM)
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#5459249 - 12/05/14 08:19 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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Also make sure to spend some time shooting it for practice. A blood trail really does not matter if you put the .243 right through a major vital organ like the heart.
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#5459265 - 12/05/14 08:26 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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1. Use a good bullet like Remington Corelokt 100gr, Nosler Partition, Federal Fusion, TTSX.
2. Shot placement in major organ, or if you're worried about them running, front shoulder.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
4. Teach him (and you) to watch where the deer runs after the shot, noting the trails and which he might have taken.
5. If the deer runs and you don't witness him fall, give him at least 30 minutes before you start after him.
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#5459364 - 12/05/14 09:20 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
1. Use a good bullet like Remington Corelokt 100gr, Nosler Partition, Federal Fusion, TTSX.
2. Shot placement in major organ, or if you're worried about them running, front shoulder.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
4. Teach him (and you) to watch where the deer runs after the shot, noting the trails and which he might have taken.
5. If the deer runs and you don't witness him fall, give him at least 30 minutes before you start after him.


this ^^^

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#5459625 - 12/05/14 11:26 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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#5459651 - 12/05/14 11:41 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: txprowler
My son is 8yo and shoots a 243, which if the deer run after the hit it doesn't leave much of a blood trail. Would a 7mm08 be to much gun for a kid?


Try the 80gr TTSX if you want a blood trail in a 243 [/quote]

I wouldn't get a 7MM-08 for that age, .243 is plenty. I used this exact bullet this past weekend on a doe and it left a good blood trail.
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#5459676 - 12/05/14 11:58 AM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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Tell him to start shooting them in the neck.

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#5459787 - 12/05/14 01:02 PM Re: 7mm08 [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
1. Use a good bullet like Remington Corelokt 100gr, Nosler Partition, Federal Fusion, TTSX.
2. Shot placement in major organ, or if you're worried about them running, front shoulder.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
4. Teach him (and you) to watch where the deer runs after the shot, noting the trails and which he might have taken.
5. If the deer runs and you don't witness him fall, give him at least 30 minutes before you start after him.


Don't think I would recommend a corelockt bullet I've seen a lot of them not exit.
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#5459816 - 12/05/14 01:16 PM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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He shot a doe Saturday, he hit her exactly where I told him to (middle of shoulder)she ran 5yds into a tree fell down got up and ran back to where he shot her. We used corelokt's and it went all the way through her, it did alot of damage on the inside but a small hole in and out. I'll get the 80gr TTSX.
Thanks for the info...

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#5459896 - 12/05/14 02:06 PM Re: 7mm08 [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
1. Use a good bullet like Remington Corelokt 100gr, Nosler Partition, Federal Fusion, TTSX.
2. Shot placement in major organ, or if you're worried about them running, front shoulder.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
4. Teach him (and you) to watch where the deer runs after the shot, noting the trails and which he might have taken.
5. If the deer runs and you don't witness him fall, give him at least 30 minutes before you start after him.


Don't think I would recommend a corelockt bullet I've seen a lot of them not exit.
Define 'a lot'. We've shot over 150 deer with 100gr .243 Corelokt and while I'm sure there were a few that didn't exit, I can't remember a single time that I did my job that the bullet didn't do its. If the bullet isn't exiting, then you're either taking a long (or wrong) angle or hitting some major bone, both of which should be lethal.

I'm willing to bet that over 90% of the time when somebody says they need a larger cartridge it's because they aren't doing their job.
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#5459941 - 12/05/14 02:31 PM Re: 7mm08 [Re: txprowler]
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Originally Posted By: txprowler
He shot a doe Saturday, he hit her exactly where I told him to (middle of shoulder)she ran 5yds into a tree fell down got up and ran back to where he shot her. We used corelokt's and it went all the way through her, it did alot of damage on the inside but a small hole in and out. I'll get the 80gr TTSX.
Thanks for the info...


TTSX will generally do less internal damage than a cup-and-core bullet like a Core-Lokt provided no major bone is hit. All else being equal, it will penetrate better of course...

Confused about the small hole in and out coupled with much internal damage. Maybe a fragment exited? IDK....


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (12/05/14 02:44 PM)
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