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#6095696 - 12/21/15 08:49 PM .243 on deer
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we have shot 4 deer so far this year all using a .243, we haven't seen blood from any of the deer, luckily they haven't traveled far. My question is do you guys think a .243 has enough power for a deer at a 140 yards? Why would we have not gotten blood from any of the deer?
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#6095709 - 12/21/15 08:54 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Absolutely it is. It's all about shot placement first off. A .243 is plenty big enough.

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#6095711 - 12/21/15 08:55 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Thousands of deer have been killed with the .243. What bullet are you using?
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#6095715 - 12/21/15 08:57 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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What Particular ammo,type of bullet,manufacture have you used?
Years back after some minor frustration with basic SP ammo, I found that 100 gr Nosler Partions always worked in the Wifes Remington 700 .243. There 2 deer shot using them, 1 deer blood trail looked like a 3" paint brush went about 40yds(lungs thru and thru)....the other one dropped in it tracks at 80yds (shoulder shot...pole axed it!!!).
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#6095722 - 12/21/15 09:00 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: RangerRick]
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Indeed. What bullet were you using. The bullet is more important that what is on the headstamp.

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#6095727 - 12/21/15 09:02 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Originally Posted By: jsplinter
we have shot 4 deer so far this year all using a .243, we haven't seen blood from any of the deer, luckily they haven't traveled far. My question is do you guys think a .243 has enough power for a deer at a 140 yards? Why would we have not gotten blood from any of the deer?


Depends high lung shots won't bleed quickly. But more then likely you are using a cup and core bullet not designed to retain lots of weight.

i think the 80gr TTSX by Barnes in the vortex ammo line is best thing that ever happened to the 243.

I've taken deer well past 200yards with a 243

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#6095729 - 12/21/15 09:02 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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We are using fusion 95 grain. I know shot placement. The last one I shot was about 45 yards away and it wasn't a thru and thru. Maybe we just aren't hitting right.
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#6095735 - 12/21/15 09:03 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Used a .243 for years on Mills County WT, and my dad still does. Mainly used 100gr Corelokts but lately are using Hornady 95gr SST. We've probably taken over 200 deer with .243s.
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#6095738 - 12/21/15 09:04 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Top of lower 1/3, tight behind the shoulder and let gravity do its thing.

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#6095739 - 12/21/15 09:04 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Ok we will stick with and just try to calm the nerves a little..lol
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#6095741 - 12/21/15 09:05 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Thanks everyone...any opinions on the fusion ammo
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#6095752 - 12/21/15 09:10 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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I know that the Winchester silver ballistic tip in 95 grain is a dirty little projectile. I have never had a exiting hole as all the energy is spent inside the animal. If shot high shoulder or neck they never move, behind the shoulder they might run about 20-30 yards, no blood trail but DEAD DEER each time! I have looked into and will probably try the Barnes TSX on some hogs this spring to see how they do at longer ranges.

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#6095770 - 12/21/15 09:19 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Originally Posted By: jsplinter
Thanks everyone...any opinions on the fusion ammo


I'm using 115gr in 6.8 SPC and getting pass thrus(and dead deer), and also 120gr in 7mm-08. Three deer have been DRT with the 708 (although two were high-shoulder), another ran 40-50 yards but the blood trail was massive. Until your report I'd been very impressed with the Fusion loads both in accuracy and results.
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#6095785 - 12/21/15 09:26 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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85gr Barnes Vortex never a problem.

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#6095791 - 12/21/15 09:29 PM Re: .243 on deer [Re: jsplinter]
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Aside from the one you shot at 45 yards, have you been getting pass-thrus? How big were the exit holes?
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