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I’m new to shooting.  I’ve heard a 243 will bounce off of deer.  Do I need to trade it in for something bigger?  

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Yes you should get rid of it. I will take it off your hands being it such a poor  round to shoot at deer..

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243 is a fine deer round but use the 90+ Gr. bullets I have seen many deer fall to it

 

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If you have not already purchased a rifle , go to a larger caliber , you will not be sorry .  I

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I know a real marine shooting expert in Fargo, and I respect his opinion 100%!  He claims a .243. Will always bounce off deer, UNLESS you use an 85 grain TTSX! LOL. 

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Hahahaha 

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I've shot plenty of deer with mine. I shoot 100 gr federals no issues ever.

 

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I have used a .243 with 100gr ammo for deer for 20 years. There's nothing wrong with that caliber. That being said, I suck at shooting and now I hunt with a 30-06 now cuz I like having more knockdown power.

Get up at 5 in the morning, walk through miles of cattails, sit in a stand all day in the cold, come back home in the dark, get up the next day and do it all over again. I'd do that for a buck!

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I bet money a 58 gr vmax at 3700 ft per second will not bounce off a deer!!

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Bullet didn't bounce off this one.  Remington 700  243 win  1x8 twist barrel  105 Hornady bullet   1,032 yards

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Nice Yote!!  

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Yote thumper have you shot any coyotes with it? Does it tear them up? I am trying to find something that shoots out of my rifle 1 in 10 twist and doest destroy the fur. I am tired of sewing up holes.

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Hornady 105 Amax will all but cut them in half, I shot one yesterday at 475 with a Hornady 105 HPBT exit was in the front shoulder about the size of a golf ball.  Kind of doubtful that a 1X10 twist will stabilize a 105 grain.  Had some luck with Hornady 87 Vmax but only shot a few with them, 70 grain Sierra HPBT match never tore them up but sometimes penciled through and I had to shoot them again or track for awhile.  Had some good results with Nosler 90 or 95 grain ballistic tips.  Most of the coyotes I shoot whit the 243 are over 400 yards as I use my 223 up to that.  I stopped using Berger bullets as they penciled through and lost way to many that were hit good (saw the blood on them and they were hit solid).  I'm still looking, seems like they get nasty with the hide or pencil through.

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I am thinking about giving up on it and going back to 22-250 with 50 gr vmax. I can't get 100 grain bullets to group but the 75 grain hp   american eagle will shoot in the same hole, but they are destructive. I have some 87grain and some 75 grain vmax I am going to try before giving up.

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It will work, but only out of a Savage. 

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Not only that, but I doubles as a boat paddle.  Actually, they suck at doing that too....

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Naw, they work well as a paddle Jiffy, as long as you use blue electrical tape to tape off the muzzle and likely the trigger guard as well to reduce water turbulence! I have this pearl of wisdom from another shooting expert who also lives in Fargo!  HAH!  Though I dunno where he went!?!  Probably too busy driving around road hunting in his favorite PRIUS!  

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Hahaha!

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I shot my ND once in a life time Moose with a 243 with factory 80 Gr bullets with no problem

 

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You do know a .243 is not a legal gun for moose in ND, correct?

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NO!  I've killed many deer with my 243 and coyotes ,praire dogs, antelope. I shoot a winchester model 70 with handloaded shells. I've my best luck with 100 gr hornady--this groups very well in my gun.  I'm a firm beliver that an accurate  shot placement  to be better than a lot of power! said another way  a lot of power in the mid section  cripples many while a well placed shot gets the job done fast. Your welcome.

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New to shooting Jiffy I know those same to gun experts bobkat is talking about.  Anyway I have had four or five 243, but I went to a 300 Win Mag and 210 Berger VLD for prairie dogs so you can't go with my thoughts. 

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The last moose I shot, some 40 + years ago was with a 6mm Remington, basically a .243 twin, in a Ruger number 1 single shot,  100 Grain Nosler partitions, broadside standing still and well under 100 yards..   Both bullets went side to side thru the heart and lungs  a couple inches apart and one exited, the other stopped under the skin.

Yes, shot placement is critical, though I wouldnt use such a light cartridge again, even under 100 yards.  A less than perfect shot angle or shot placement conditions could easily result in a wounded or lost animal.

I love the .243’s though.  

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I also had a 6mm Rem in a Model 700.  Loved that gun.  Years ago a friend that needed a rifle for his son that just turned 14 was looking at it with a sad face and asked if I would sell it and how much.  Said NO!  But if you really want it for your son it is his.

 

So Bob you still got the Ruger #1???   Want to sell it ???  laugh

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No! I wish I still had it, but in a fit of madness I sold or traded it for another toy of some kind!   Wish I still had it, a real tack driver though some of my buddies who,have had number 1’s have had troubles dialing them in. I guess I got lucky!

When I think back about some of,the great rifles I owned and traded or sold just to try something else, I kick myself in,the butt. Not always, but I’m sure there are others in the same boat.  A Browning T bolt .22, a Browning medalist .22 for bullseye,  to mention just a tiny fraction, etc.  Dang, dang, dang.......

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That's outstanding right there Zog!!  My 243 is Model 7 in a McSwirrly  (Leuplod 2.5-8 with dots and M1s...yada, yada, ect, ect) that has killed 7 or 8 deer since I've owned it.  Not one by my hand I may add. lol  My cousin's wife really likes it and he has some young'ens coming up that will get more use out of it than I would.  I have other rifles I can use.....wink

I'd post a picture of it, but I'd be damned if I can figure out how.  

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Like you guys, I can attest that passing them on to younger kids is greatly appreciated, though not so much by wildlife!  I passed my favorite .243,a Ruger 77 with Timney Trigger and Leo Scope with a lifetime supply of my pet hand loads  on to two of my grandsons!   That seems to be the best accuracy upgrade I’ve done to any of my rifles, as it seems that in their hands the thing never seems to miss!   Look out deer and antelope!  

My .300 Win seems to have the same potential with another grandson, though so far I’ve managed to keep my grubby bloodstained hands on it in hopes of drawing my once in a lifetime Moose Tag!   Guess I could always borrow it back if I luck out in the draw.  Or use my 7mm 08.....

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7mm-08 would DEFINITELY bounce off of a moose..... cheeky