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    The gentlemenís caliber

    Here we go all you .243 advocates. I personally own a .243 but have yet to use it versus an animal.

    Sing her praises. Why is she your caliber of choice?

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    enough power for 300m shots lower recoil and to be honest I don't go many places that I would shoot further than that and be certain I would find the animal .if I was going to be shooting past 300m I would get either a 260 or 7mm08 as not a large step up in recoil and capable out to 550m . I think also that confidence is a major factor in calibre selection having not that long ago stepped up in calibre from a 223 that I have shot all my deer with due to shooting a large bodied stag and feeling a little undergunned using 55gr projectiles the 243 has more oomph at 300m than the 223 at the muzzle with the loads I was using.
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    I use a .243 because I’m a pussy and developed a terrible flinch with higher calibers

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    I wasn't really looking for one but went into the local one day and there was a savage 243 with a weaver on it for 450$ so it hopped in my car and followed me home got it cut a little bit and put a can on it shot it with some factory ammo and it wasn't anything to get excited about then fiddeled around with hand loads it didn't like heavy pills so got plenty of those left over once I found a pill it liked it shoots nice little clover leafs its been on a few goat hunts and its been good havnt tried it on deer as I don't have much luck in that department 200m or less is about my limit for deer as I like stalking in that's when I see one its my second go to rifle when I don't take one of the 6.5s

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    Same as berg got a flinc and the .243 fixed it. Have steeped up to a 7X57 because I wanted to go old school
    Took my .243 back to NZ for trips home. Knocks over all the stuff I’ve shot at (and hit)
    Might even buy another as I’ve got pills and dies so year why not
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    Shot my first stag with one
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    Use enough gun

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    @gimp what was the old RATGB saying???

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    I everything I shoot with it dies. Low recoil, easy to find ammo. pleasant to shoot. Great for wife and kids.
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    The 6mm Remington is a better cartridge I have tried 4 .243's over the years none performed as good as the 6mm Rem once you try a 6mm Rem you won't go back to a .243
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    I liked it when I had one. Will have a 6mm something or other in future with a fast twist barrel for the heavies

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    Have used a .243 for many years, never let me down but have let it down an odd time, BUT I prefer the 257 Roberts.
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    Was not my fav that was for sure
    But I think it was me and not the caliber - as my mate shot 2-3000 Deer in Ruahine with one and was on his 3rd barrel
    I think my shoulder shots (most time where aimed) was back a bit far - but I lost Deer after Deer with it - more smaller frame animals than the likes of Stags

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    My 243AI. Smacked over a fair few good bulls with this rifle, they hated it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taticalclevage View Post
    I use a .243 because I’m a pussy and developed a terrible flinch with higher calibers
    Oof shots fired already

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    I think I have seen many type ups in favour of the .243 by @Flyblown

 

 

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