30-06 or 243 deer?

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  1. remington1990

    remington1990 New Member

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    I am fixing to go deer hunting in a couple of weeks and I can't decide on whether I want to use my 243 or 30-06. I normally use my 30-06 but I shot my 243 alot this year and got really used to the tigger on its the adjustable type and the 30-06 doesn't. So I am really am thinking about using my 243 but I am not sure and any shot would be less then a 100 yards
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  2. Country101

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    Personal preferance is 30-06, but 243 is sufficient.
  3. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Both work well, if you do your part. .243 is my goto.
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    ditto that. I prefer to hunt most non monster stuff with my 3006.

    unless a huge 'deer' a 243 should be fine.. 3006 just makes sure it's deader.. :)
  5. JLA

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    .243 is more than adequate. And since youve been shooting it more youll be more likely to get that clean shot. take the .243
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    I've two friends that swore by the .243 durin high school, and they got theirs every year they went out huntin.
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    another vote for the .243; you won't regret it
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    Used to be my primary deer and antelope choice was a 243. Someone needed it worse than me. Killed many deer and antelope with a 100 grain hornady handload. Largest was an 8x8 mule deer in 1969. West side of the continental divide Montana.
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    My dad who is now 91 has used a 243 since 69 and killed his huge mulies and big elk and large antelope (every year)and a very large bull moose in 85 in his years of hunting in WY.
    I never saw him shoot twice.
    If you do your your part, that round WILL do exactly what it is supposed to do, every time.
    Also go back to what JLR said X ten.

    He is right on, IMHO.

    For what it is worth,
    UF
  11. remington1990

    remington1990 New Member

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    I am a good shot with both but I have shot the 243 alot more this year then my my 30-06 and it has a real heavy trigger and the 243 is perfect pull. the reason I have shot the 243 its a new and I have been shot to break it i.
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    I live and hunt in western canada, and am a huge fan of the .243 caliber for mule and whitetail deer, (and black bear)

    using Federal Premium NP I have taken deer at 320 yards ( rangefinder) with one shot that dropped within a few feet.

    I like the lack of recoil, flat trajectory, easy availability of ammo, and don't feel a need to move up ( I have also had 30.06 / 7mm Rem)

    I know a lot of other people who are as confident as me, in depending on the 243 for deer.
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    Let me add another voice to the .24 supporters. Like the .06 as well and if a bear tag was included in the hunt, then I might change my mind.
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    One more for the .243 cal..
    You'll have more meat for the freezer with the .243.
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    both 3006 and 243 should take the same sm-med north american game equally.

    I don't see how the 243 could put 'more meat' in the freezer if both can take the same game?
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    bamajvc New Member

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    which ever you prefer would be the best choice
  18. JLA

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    More energy isnt everything. A bullet that hits harder but misses is useless compared to a bullet that hits softer and hits it mark.

    What i mean is, the OP is more practiced with the .243, so natually his chances of a clean hit are greater with it..
  19. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I have both and the .243 is a fabulous round.
  20. nmckenzie

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    +1 on the .243 as a deer round. Three deer currently in our freezers were taken by a friend with a .243. As a point of interest perhaps, I once read a pre-WW1 American Rifleman article, or perhaps it was an opinion page, in which the writer expressed his thoughts that the recently adopted Springfield M1903 in 30'06 might be overkill for deer. My, how times have changed.
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