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I just completed loading a batch of .243 rounds for one of my rifles. I was asked why, and when I said for deer was promptly informed that it is a poor choice for deer hunting. I believe it is plenty, that shot placement is more important than caliber. I take neck shots only, and most within 250 meters. Any feelings on this?

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 9:51 PM

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Hell a 25 cal in the right spot is a man killer

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 10:23 PM

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good deer rifle up here

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 10:26 PM

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I agree

You don't need a cannon if you can put the bullet where you want it. " If you don't know where the bullet is going to hit, don't pull the trigger. And if you need a second shot, you shouldn't have taken the first."

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 10:49 PM

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270 wsm never really took hold much because of the ammo cost for the most part.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 51 weeks ago, 10:57 PM

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.308 and .243

are the 2 main rounds I use. Knock on wood, I've never had to track a deer. DRT!

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 11:15 PM

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DRT and Glaser are a good choice, always wanted to try it out on steel at the AR course..

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 51 weeks ago, 6:01 AM

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I would like to see a picture of where you shoot in the neck. Ive heard this before about shooting in the neck, and needing to with .223. But if you could post a picture of a deer with the spot you shoot circled or something...I want to try and use this method as Im not tottaly sure a ,223 will take a deer in one shot.....atleast the 55gr ammo Ive got

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 3:56 PM

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Builtf0rdtough wrote:
I would like to see a picture of where you shoot in the neck. Ive heard this before about shooting in the neck, and needing to with .223. But if you could post a picture of a deer with the spot you shoot circled or something...I want to try and use this method as Im not tottaly sure a ,223 will take a deer in one shot.....atleast the 55gr ammo Ive got

i have killed 12 deer with the .223 round,didn't chase one of them.

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 7:43 AM

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I aim basically dead center of the neck, about 4 inches below the skull. I NEVER aim at the head itself, I've seen how this can go wrong quick. I also use ballistic tips, so usually I end up hitting arteries and spinal cord. I like this shot for a few reasons, first I think it to be the most humane shot there is. Secondly, it is usually a clean kill or a clean miss. If my range estimation is a bit off, it's still in a good target area. And lastly, no wasted meat.

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 9:31 AM

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Damn fine choice. I don't do neck shots but the deer drop just the same. Ronin, are you loading the nosler 95 gr?

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 10:58 AM

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your looking to break the neck, severing the spinal cord to stop all involuntary functions (breathing, heart beat, pain reception, etc) or at least damaging the spinal cord enough to cut motor controls to the extremities.

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 5:30 PM

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I am using the 75 grain V-max this go around. Would have preferred a heavier bullet, but here in Bum-fuck you have to make do. WLR primers and 38 gns of Varget.

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 9:36 PM

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The 243 may not be the ultimate deer caliber, but it is a highly effective one. It is also a highly effective varmint caliber. The dual purpose capabilities of this cartidge and the subsequent differences in bullet construction is why some believe it to be inadequate for large game. A bullet designed to be used for varmint hunting has very different characteristics than one designed for larger game. The 243 loaded with the proper bullet construction for the intended game animal will lead to the desired effect.

2 years 51 weeks ago, 9:42 PM

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Ronin, Midway should have the 95 gr Ballistic tip in .243 with the heavy jacket. I can't recall the powder or charge I use but I do get 3400 fps and shoot flat to 400 yds. I'd be skeptical of the V-Max on deer size game, but, with a neck shot it should do the job.

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2 years 51 weeks ago, 11:41 PM

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These I know shoot flat to 200... And very close to 300. I was skeptical about the weight also, but I killed a boar with them, should work till I get better in. I can always use my .308 till then.

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2 years 50 weeks ago, 8:48 AM

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Well, a buck was harvested with those 75 gn Vmax rounds I made. My boss's son shot one at about 150-200 yards out. Caught the buck behind the shoulder. Took the deer down, but allowed it to run off. Made it about 60 yards before collapsing. Due to my personal ethics, I'm pulling them and only using for target or varmint hunting. While they will do the job, they leave to much room for error. Ordering some heavier bullets for a fresh batch. Go ahead and say " I told you so" Vaquero. :)

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