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#5522462 - 01/05/15 08:57 PM Gun question
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So I am moving my stand next year to more of an open area. I would like to get a gun that I feel comfortable shooting deer at 200 to 250 yards. I have a 243 now but definitely feel I need to upgrade. What gun would y'all recommend? Thanks in advance.

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#5522485 - 01/05/15 09:04 PM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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243 would be a fine choice. But, if you're starting to become something of a rifle looney and just HAVE to have an excuse to buy a new rifle, I'd suggest a 25-06, 7mm-08, 6.5 anything or all of the above. All will take deer out to 250 yards without a stretch (even your 243 will do it with good bullet placement).
Heck, buy one of each caliber and have fun!
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#5522718 - 01/05/15 10:36 PM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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270 would be a good option also

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#5522941 - 01/06/15 06:32 AM Re: Gun question [Re: djs303]
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Originally Posted By: djs303
270 would be a good option also


270 is a good all around caliber and easy to find ammo and certainly has that range. I had one and it put down several large bodied mule deer, iirc best load was 160gn silvertip. Loved the Silvertip in the .270
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#5522985 - 01/06/15 07:18 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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Another vote for the .270 since I have killed anything I have hunted with it for the last 30+ yrs now.
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#5523080 - 01/06/15 08:16 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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Are you looking for something you can zero at 100yds and just hold on target to hit at 250?

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#5523092 - 01/06/15 08:23 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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.25 cal and .270 calibers don't have the best BC, but are capable of 250yds. 7mm, 6.5mm, .243, .308 calibers have better BC's and will carry energy farther. 250yds is not a distance to worry about the best BC but if your going buy a new gun you should consider the capabilities. For shooting 250yds and not worrying about hold over if your zeroed at 100yds I would go with something like 264 win mag, 26 nosler, 7 rem mag and have it zeroed a inch or two high at 100.

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#5523102 - 01/06/15 08:27 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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Originally Posted By: wtr
So I am moving my stand next year to more of an open area. I would like to get a gun that I feel comfortable shooting deer at 200 to 250 yards. I have a 243 now but definitely feel I need to upgrade. What gun would y'all recommend? Thanks in advance.


Send it to horizon and have it turned into a 6.5 creedmoor if your worried about it.

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#5523173 - 01/06/15 08:57 AM Re: Gun question [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Here is another vote for the .270 Win. Use 130gr bullets. Sight in 2" high at 100yds & then a hold dead-on from 0 to 250yds will get your deer.
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#5523185 - 01/06/15 09:03 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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Don't worry about the BC of 270 bullets when it comes to deer hunting. That's way overthinking things. Sight the 270 in at 200 yards and you'll be down 7 inches at 300 and 20 inches at 400, using a 130 gr bullet at 3000 fps. No turrets or fancy BDC scopes required to make the shot. Lately I've been using a 260, but it has nothing to do with bullet BC. I'd pick a 270 over 25 caliber (excluding the 257 Wby), and most certainly over any 6mm. And a 264 Mag won't give you much that the 270 won't. The 270 is just about ideal for deer hunting, and the 260 is close enough.

If someone is thinking about shooting deer out past 400, unless you are a superb shot, quit thinking it. That's just my experienced opinion after half a century of hunting deer.

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#5523217 - 01/06/15 09:15 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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I'm not sure how different calibers can have better or worse BCs than other calibers. (?)

Also, out to 250 yards, all the mentioned calibers are flat shooting enough, and powerful enough for typical-size Texas whitetails.

The issue, is more accuracy, as I see it. Accuracy of the particular rifle, and accuracy of the shooter. And the latter is usually the more important factor. I'd be concerned with making sure your stand is designed in such a way as to allow you to hold the rifle really, really, steady.
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#5523249 - 01/06/15 09:26 AM Re: Gun question [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
Don't worry about the BC of 270 bullets when it comes to deer hunting. That's way overthinking things. Sight the 270 in at 200 yards and you'll be down 7 inches at 300 and 20 inches at 400, using a 130 gr bullet at 3000 fps.


That is exactly how I have mine set up, although I don't think I would be comfortable going much past 300. My longest to date is about 235.
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#5523270 - 01/06/15 09:34 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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I've shot deer with everything from a 22-250 to a 300 winny but if I'm after a mature big bodied buck I grab the 30 cal every time. Get you a 308 or a 30-06 and call it good. Like said above whatever caliber you decide on sight it in at 1.5-2" high at 100 and you are good to go
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#5523296 - 01/06/15 09:46 AM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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I'd argue the 30-06 has killed more deer and big game in the US then any other caliber, followed closely by the 270. Hard to argue the performance of either of these. There are a lot of new calibers floating around these days but you have to ask yourself why? I'm guessing its a ploy to sale more guns. The performance difference when it comes to hunting is too small to worry about. If you're paper shooting at 500 yards then maybe it's worth thinking about.

I killed a lot of deer with an old 30-06 using remington core lock bullets at $20 a box out to as far as 350 yards. Most dropped in their tracks.

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#5523858 - 01/06/15 03:15 PM Re: Gun question [Re: wtr]
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.243 is more than capable at that range. Not sure why everybody thinks you need a magnum to shoot Texas deer.
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