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#5683504 - 04/03/15 08:27 PM how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243?
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Last season I killed a nice 8 pointer at about 65 yards. Well i would like to hunt from the stands that are further away from the feeder. can anyone give any advice on how far i could shoot. Would i need to go up in caliber? I am 14 and can handle recoil.

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#5683507 - 04/03/15 08:28 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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30-45 yards for sure

Past that it's a crap shoot
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#5683527 - 04/03/15 08:44 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
30-45 yards for sure

Past that it's a crap shoot


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Practice,practice and practice! .243 will be good to go out to 250 with proper bullet and shot placement.

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#5683529 - 04/03/15 08:44 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
30-45 yards for sure

Past that it's a crap shoot
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#5683536 - 04/03/15 08:52 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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If your shooting skill is up to it, I wouldnt be afraid of shooting out to 200 yds, as long as they're under 225 lbs live weight or 180 lbs field dressed.
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#5683540 - 04/03/15 08:57 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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How far can YOU kill a deer, or how far can the cartridge kill a deer?Two different things.

The cartridge is capable very far, but the person driving the rifle needs to know how to make it happen.
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#5683553 - 04/03/15 09:05 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I'd say up to 300. With the right bullet, deer, and shooter, much further than that.
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#5683568 - 04/03/15 09:12 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I killed a nice buck over 400 yards with a .243 30 years ago with factory ammo. Shot him three times , both front legs one back leg and a final shot through the lungs. I had a good rest over the cab of the truck.

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#5683571 - 04/03/15 09:14 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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You can put your feeder at around 100 yards more or less and put corn at other ranges also. Rifle you have will kill a deer fine at any range you are comfortable shooting a deer at.
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#5683769 - 04/04/15 12:02 AM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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The largest factors are ammunition selection and your own proficiency. In general, if you are an inch high at 100 yards, you will be pretty close to zeroed at 200, and five inches low at 300, but still moving at roughly 2500 feet per second. Again, this will vary with ammunition selection and how it performs in your particular rifle.
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#5683853 - 04/04/15 07:18 AM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Probably about he same as you could with any other rifle. Probably most of it depends on you not the caliber.
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#5685617 - 04/05/15 06:10 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I have been shooting a .243 since I was 16 years old (couldn't hunt deer under that age where I grew up). I have never had a problem at 200 or under. Past 200, the damage a factory Core Lokt 100 grain bullet does really starts to go downhill in a hurry. Had a few areas I hunted that went to 300 yards and always broke out the 30-06 for that area.

I bought my daughter the 95 grain Hornady SST's and can't wait to see what they do at 200 yards.

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#5685855 - 04/05/15 09:37 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
How far can YOU kill a deer, or how far can the cartridge kill a deer?Two different things.

The cartridge is capable very far,gra but the person driving the rifle needs to know how to make it happen.


I agree with this unless you can get out and practice on a long rang it will give you the confidence for a long shoot.

A 243 Winchester 100 gr will have 1037 foot pound of energy at 325 yd . If you can hold a good group this near the limit,

Most hunter want a 1000 lbs of energy for a clean humane rifle kill.

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#5686544 - 04/06/15 11:48 AM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: outdoorsman916]
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My son shot an antelope at over 500 yards with a 243, it didn't drop but got stiff legged then just tipped over.
I have shot several deer and antelope with the 243 over 300 and out to 400 yards and never had any lost animals. I know of guys who use the 243 to hunt coyotes and have shot them out past 700 yards.

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#5687093 - 04/06/15 04:52 PM Re: how far can i effectively shoot and kill a deer with a 243? [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: don k
Probably about he same as you could with any other rifle. Probably most of it depends on you not the caliber.


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