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How Many Use the 243 Win, 6mm Rem or 240 Wby for Big Game?
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 Posted: Tue May 9th, 2006 06:30 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone uses the 24 cal for their big game hunting. I have killed around 40 + deer with the 6mm Rem and 2 with the 243 Win and 1 with the 240 Wby. I have used everyting from the 75 gr Seirra HP to the Speer 105 gr and have never had a deer go more than 30 yards after hit with most dropping in their tracks. I believe anyone who states the 24 cal is to small for deer has never used one or has read to many sporting magazines. The biggest mule deer i have taken was at around 300 yards with the 6mm Rem and the 100 gr Remington Cor-Loc factory and he only ran about 20 yards and was down . The rest have all been taken with my handloads. If you can shoot the 24 is all you need for whitetail and if you can't shoot then bigger will not help you much.:thumbs:



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I don't use my .243 on big game.  Not cause it can't handle the task; I just never had it set up right in the past, using the 55 gr. Ballistic Tip.  Just recently I've switched over to the 80 gr. Ballistic Tip and if pressed, I'd use it on deer.  Truth be told though, when it comes around to deer hunting time, I always seem to gravitate towards the .264 WinMag, .280 AI or Warbird.  These are my "go to" sporter weight rifles used on deer.  Later.  >>  klallen



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 Posted: Tue May 9th, 2006 08:43 PM
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Both my girls use a 243 for there hunting and both have taken lots of deer,Exotics and hogs with it .

 

they use my handloads of a 100gr. BTSP

 

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Scout has used his 243Win to harvest 3 deer using 100 grain BTSP`s...He`s pretty handy with it.
I have not yet gotten to take a deer or hog with my 6mm Rem.It is awfully heavy to tote around.Maybe this year,I`ll use it a time or two out of a box stand and see how she`ll do.I have the slow twist barrel on mine which limits how heavy a bullet she`ll accurately shoot.Excellent with light bullets and the 85 grain Sierra GameKing will likely be the one I load for it...
I woudln`t hesitate to deer hunt mule deer or whitetail with a good 243 or 6mm that is sighted dead on the nuts.
I dont know much about the 240 Roy though.That would make a good COM right there:thumbs:



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I've used the .243 for whitetails, and I'm not completely satisfied. Proformance seems to vary from animal to animal more than larger calibers. I've had several DRT  (dead right there) kills, and I've had others hit just as well that ran 100+ yards. Took two whitetail bucks two years ago with a handload (Speer's 105 grain Hot Core spitzer oive a good charge of H4831SC. MV at 3000 FPS or so). Complete penetration, shredded both lungs, took the top of the heart off. No sign of distress, no blod trail, ran almost 140 yards into some thick assed brush...I was lucky to find him. Second buck, same story. Shredded lungs,blasted heart, and runs 125 yards. No blood trail again. Both shots at 125 yards or so.

I rreally like a bigger, heavier bullet, starting about 6.5mm.



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I have heard the same situations happening with larger calibers as well. The ONE deer that my wife has shot with her .243 was a bang-flop, my neighbor uses a .243 and has never lost a deer. I think a lot of it has to do with the individual animal, some of em just dont want to die.



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I have killed a few deer with the Speer 105 gr in the 6mm Rem and it was bang and they where down in their tracks . I did shoot one buck with the 105 gr and the deer when right down and then tried to get up and just made it up only on it front legs and i pop him again and that ended the problem . Do i believe the deer would have run off, "no" but didn't take the chance or wanted it to suffer needlessly. I have 100 % confidence in the 24 cal for whitetail if you use the right bullet and shoot straight.



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Gents

The .243Win is very popular here, and is seen used a lot for Blesbuck, Springbuck, and sometimes Hartebeest. Its almost the 'standard' springbuck cal in the flat plains of the Free State.

Id rather see someone use a .243Win, and not beeing scared of it than the same guy pitching up to hunt with a .300 or bigger and to scared of the recoil to see it. Its all the rage in SA at the moment, 'bigger is better', but the fact of the matter is that the majority of the hunters who hunt here only go at it once or maybe twice a hunting season, and spend very little time on the shooting range. Its a pity.

The main reason i dont have a .243 or one of the newer 6mm's is the fact that i got a .270, and loaded with 130's served me well in the past.

Just my input

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I used a 243 for many years as it was my only real biggame rifle. Shot a couple of truckloads of deer and antelope, and a dozen elk with it.



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