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How many of you have taken deer with a 243 Winchester? How many deer?

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  • How many of you have taken deer with a 243 Winchester? How many deer?

    How many of you have taken deer with a 243 Winchester? How many deer?

  • #2
    I reckon bout' 13...13 baker's dozens

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    • #3
      2

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      • #4
        20 with 30/06

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        • #5
          A 243 was my first deer rifle and I filled plenty of tags with it! I have dropped them straight in their tracks at 200 yards. But also had a couple take a good hit and run 150 yards.

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          • #6
            I have an old Sako Vixen in .243 that has killed somewhere over 40 bucks and has not been shot since about 1997. Some of the deer I killed, some my son, some when the rifle was loaned to friends. I have used every bullet from 90 gr to 105 gr with all seemingly effective out to 300 yards. Most were one shot kills, looked like the deer was shot with a .30-'06. Everyone does not share my enthusiasm for the .243 but it has been kind to me in many ways. I retired the rifle because I didn't want it getting beat up any more than it already is. I have two friends here in Wyoming who use them successfully for elk and own no other rifles. I personally don't recommend this caliber for the large animals but both friends have trophy rooms filled with many 300+ bulls that make unbelievers keep their mouths shut, me included.

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            • #7
              When folks start talking bad about the 243 Win., or buckshot the story goes "No don't use them...I mean we used to kill truck loads of deer with them,but now I hunt with a... (something bigger). " When I was 16, or so I called Remington and ordered a 6mm Model 700 because I like the ballistics, and when I called they said they were on back order so I called Browning and got an A-bolt 243 and I have had people that own 7mm BAR-s and model 70 30-06 borrow it for mountain hunting and the A-bolt is the fastest bolt I know of. Bottom line the 243Win does its job when you do yours.

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              • #8
                so far my wife has taken 47 mule deer with her remington model 600 243 winchester. I load a speer 105 gr bullet, H4831 powder, federal primer, in a Winchester brass. All shots have been between 50 and 250 yards and were one shot flop over kills. I can't think of a finer caliber for a women unless its a 260 remington. My wife is 75 yrs old and still is my best hunting partner.

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                • #9
                  40 years using one 36 deer. Gave it to my nephew. 6 years using it 6 deer. the 4 years I didn't get one I didn't see 1.

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                  • #10
                    Zero, and likely to stay that way. My mouse gun is a .257 Roberts.

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                    • #11
                      my first gun was a rossi 243. i killed 8 or 10 does and about 5 bucks

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                      • #12
                        When I was young I killed around 5 deer with dads S&W model 1500 .243.

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                        • #13
                          WAM has the ultimate cartridge. I guess I have somewhere around 15 or so with the ,243/.244/6mm I used to grab whatever was closest at the time. Taken 3 with my G2 in 6 x.223 and have had not a single deer go over 25 yards after sqeezing the trigger. 87 gr bthp does the job for me.

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                          • #14
                            ruger m77 243 was my first deer rifle! Killed several deer and countless hogs with it... I still take it out on stand with me quite ofter just because I love it so much! as a matter of fact i shot my Buck on opening day with it last year! Never failed me!

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                            • #15
                              never seen anyone kill a deer with one, never had one in the house, never shot one....dont doubt it as a deer caliber though.

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