First thing get your ass over to the Newbie thread..Introduce yourselfYBBitch:Does any one know a good load for deer in .243? Im shooting 80 grain remington express out of a browning BAR. I want them to drop right were they stand.
Oddly you mention this about the brain of a whitetail being the size of a baseball. I note you must hunt the same ground I do in the state of Michigan where it is rare to shoot deer over 100yds.The only way you're going to drop a deer in it's tracks is with a shot to the central nervous system (brain, spine, etc). You better be a very good shot and know exactly where to hit the deer (and at different angles). The load isn't that important, but shot placement is. I don't recommend a spine or neck shot since the probability of a direct hit is fairly remote, and a lot of good meat will be destroyed. That leaves the head, and the brain in an average sized whitetail deer is about the size of a baseball.
Its a waste to shoot a fox with a .243. Any decent centerfire .22 is way more than you need for fox. A .243 will tear up a cuyute pretty good, thats the smallest I would go with it.I'll just use the .243 for fox and ***** or just target shooting.
I have to say I don't find the "amusement" in your uncle's method of hunting.Thanks i think it will help me bag one this year although most of the time i hunt this year ill be using a .300 winchester magnum. my uncle shot a doe in the but last year and it dropped to the ground! it was still alive and when he walked over to it ran, but thats some seriuos power! I'll just use the .243 for fox and ***** or just target shooting.
Ever hunt a beanfield in a 40 knot cross wind with one of your .22's???Its a waste to shoot a fox with a .243. Any decent centerfire .22 is way more than you need for fox. A .243 will tear up a cuyute pretty good, thats the smallest I would go with it.
I use a .223 for all small game, its plenty. And if you dont mind maintenence, a .220 Swift is a great all around for anything under a whitetail, and if your a good shot it is not bad for them either.
Who the fuck said anything about a windy beanfield? I guess you have to make shit up to make yourself look good.Ever hunt a beanfield in a 40 knot cross wind with one of your .22's???
I have and will not longer use a 40g-55g rocket to do to.
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Many of my hunting buddies use a .243 for whitetails, with alot of success.I have shot deer at somewhat extended ranges 200-275 yards with a .243 and have killed them within a step or two. You dont have to shoot them in the head or neck either. I will not take a shot at any animal let alone a deer if I am not 100% confident it will be killed quickly. However i use a 105 grain Hornady A-Max and shoot them in the front shoulder... GAME OVER
I did!!! You mention what a waste to use a 243. Last time I checked ah..Dead is Dead??? You mentioned how the 243 tears up a pelt on a Yote.. I don't think .020 RCH will make a difference??? NO!!! But Bullet design will!!! Then comes the beanfield for a long shot... I have watched a Swift, 22-250 and a 223 drift up too 15 feet in a cross wind with a 40 gr Vmax. Take a 100gr Barnes-X, Sierra, Nosler in a 1/4"er slowed down 1k fps from the 22 and you might see 20 inches in drift with a whole lot of ass behind it..catch my drift???Who the fuck said anything about a windy beanfield? I guess you have to make shit up to make yourself look good.
I used a .243 for many years for deer hunting. My favorite whitetail load is a 100gr Hornady boat tail spire point bullet with 42grains of IMR 4350 powder.
For varmints I use a Sierra 85 grain hollow point boat tail with 37.5 grains of IMR 4064 powder. Both are very accurate loads.