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#5538342 - 01/12/15 05:23 PM is this a good deer rifle.
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Registered: 01/11/15
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I was wondering if a remington model 700 in 243 is a good rifle for deer at about 100 yards?

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#5538377 - 01/12/15 05:36 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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.243 is a great caliber for deer hunting. Im not a fan of the 700, too many recalls.
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#5538405 - 01/12/15 05:45 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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My first deer hunting rifle that was not borrowed was a Remington 700 in 243. A Great Gun.. I still have it and my son took an antelope at 522 yards with it a few years ago.

I know that the newer Remington rifles have had a lot of quality control problems and recalls.

Look at a Ruger american rifle, a good gun and it is not alot of $$$.

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#5538406 - 01/12/15 05:46 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I saw a couple deer get dropped in their tracks with the right shot placement the other week. I have also seen some run for miles but shot placement was an issue.
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#5538412 - 01/12/15 05:49 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Ok thanks.

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#5538415 - 01/12/15 05:51 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I have taken over 100 Texas whitetails with a 243. Most were inside of 150 yards. The 700 action is one of the favorites for the custom builders to base their rifles on, even the actions made currently. Though they have had some recalls in the past years, it is still a very good rifle for the caliber and the caliber will put a Texas whitetail in the freezer (or at least ready to be made into freezer meat) if you will do your part.
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#5538419 - 01/12/15 05:53 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: Bbear]
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Originally Posted By: Bbear
I have taken over 100 Texas whitetails with a 243. Most were inside of 150 yards. The 700 action is one of the favorites for the custom builders to base their rifles on, even the actions made currently. Though they have had some recalls in the past years, it is still a very good rifle for the caliber and the caliber will put a Texas whitetail in the freezer (or at least ready to be made into freezer meat) if you will do your part.


I agree. It's light on the shoulder and very effective.
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#5538444 - 01/12/15 06:02 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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243 is a good rifle but if where you hunt is real brushy a 30/30 is the way to go imo.

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#5538446 - 01/12/15 06:03 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Alright I just wanted to shoot a deer farther than 30 yards away. texas

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#5538509 - 01/12/15 06:24 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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700 Remington is one of the best in 243....recalls have involved the triggers. The old ones could fire when you moved the safety to fire and then moved the bolt back. The new ones just had a recent recall for trigger repair under warranty.

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#5538531 - 01/12/15 06:32 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: Wilhunt]
Texican Offline
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Originally Posted By: wilhunt
700 Remington is one of the best in 243....recalls have involved the triggers. The old ones could fire when you moved the safety to fire and then moved the bolt back. The new ones just had a recent recall for trigger repair under warranty.


Is there a production timeframe for the recall? I have an old one...

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#5538804 - 01/12/15 08:13 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: SlaminEm]
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Originally Posted By: SlaminEm
243 is a good rifle but if where you hunt is real brushy a 30/30 is the way to go imo.


How is a 30-30 a better gun in brushy areas?
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#5538838 - 01/12/15 08:22 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: SlaminEm
243 is a good rifle but if where you hunt is real brushy a 30/30 is the way to go imo.


How is a 30-30 a better gun in brushy areas?


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#5539303 - 01/12/15 10:48 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I'll take it off your hands if you don't want it.
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#5539328 - 01/12/15 10:59 PM Re: is this a good deer rifle. [Re: outdoorsman916]
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700's are great guns. Like Dusty said, the Ruger is a great gun, and not a lot of dinero. If you've got someone selling you the 700 for a decent price, I'd buy it. If you're talking about buying a brand new gun, you might want to check out the Ruger. 2cents
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