30-06 or 243 deer?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by remington1990, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. remington1990

    remington1990 Member

    Oct 19, 2010
    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
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  2. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Personal preferance is 30-06, but 243 is sufficient.

  3. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Texas Hill Country
    Both work well, if you do your part. .243 is my goto.
  4. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    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

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    .243 is more than adequate. And since youve been shooting it more youll be more likely to get that clean shot. take the .243
  6. 1LoneWolf75

    1LoneWolf75 Active Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Farson WY
    I've two friends that swore by the .243 durin high school, and they got theirs every year they went out huntin.
  7. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    another vote for the .243; you won't regret it
  8. m77user

    m77user Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. UncleFudd

    UncleFudd Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Phoenix, Az
    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,
  10. remington1990

    remington1990 Member

    Oct 19, 2010
    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.
  11. rmcda1

    rmcda1 New Member

    Oct 3, 2007
    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.
  12. millrat

    millrat Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    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.
  13. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    One more for the .243 cal..
    You'll have more meat for the freezer with the .243.
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