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30-06 or 243 deer?

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

  1. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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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?
  2. bamajvc

    bamajvc New Member

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    which ever you prefer would be the best choice
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    JLA Well-Known Member

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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..
  4. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I have both and the .243 is a fabulous round.
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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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    A hunter owns two rifles. He does not know which one to use to harvest a deer. He ask others who has never seen him or his rifles which one he should choose? What if the Hunter finds 2 deer standing in the forest? Who will tell him which one to shoot? :confused:
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    That would be a different, personal choice. Very unconnected to your question.
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    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    And your 2 part question. God tells him his choice...
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    A post of this nature is to cause some one to think. It seems to have worked in your case.:)
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    Anyone whos ever shot a deer knows that almost everything in overkill for deer. The .243 in my mind is as close to ideal as you can get because it shoots flat, has a goodly amount of energy transfer and the bullets are just light enough to stop inside the deer most of the time. Anything bigger and more powerful is going to pass clean thru and keep going.

    Among the perfect deer rounds/rifles IMO are .357 mag levergun, .44 mag levergun, .45 colt levergun. .223 rifle with barnes TSX bullets 53 gr or heavier, .22-250 with same barnes bullets, .243 with bullet heavier than 80 gr., 6mm rem with same 80 gr or heavier, 7.62X39 with any SP bullet, .30-30 with any SP bullet.

    If you shoot anything more powerful than these cartridges listed, bullet choice is not as important as shot placement as most any bullet from the more powerful rounds will pass right thru a deer.
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    I know a 3006 will pass right thru a hog! last one i shot blew out ribs and wasted a shoulder.. darn thing turned right as I pulled the trigger last hunt.
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    30 06 because for more power and bigger chunk of lead. 243 will do the job as well. Why not a .308? I thought 30 06 ammo was more expensive than 308
  13. soundguy

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    308's a great choice. it's a much overlooked round huntering here in fl.

    at our local walmart.. most of the 243-3006 stuff is all 19$ a box anyway.. including 22-250
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    By more meat in the freezer, I was just more-so suggesting that the .243 with, say, 100gr. SP will do less damage with a well placed shot, versa the .06 with a heavier load and differnt style bullet.
    I've seen feller's with .30-06 calibers go "wackco" on what they are trying to take down (after falling short of a well-placed shot) and do alot of damage to the body of an animal.
    The right set-up, bullet and powder grains and shot placement can do as well, but the .243 cal. has alot less recoil and can over-all, help with proper shot placement.
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    ahh.. my misunderstanding.. yes.. I agree in that sense.. a 243 while taking the game may do less meat damage than a 3006 taking the same game ( both equaly capable to TAKE sm-med game.. just one doing so with more finesse ).

    I actually experienced that I think. i took a hog recently and .. well.. he turned and I blew his side out. wasted a shoulder and ribs on that side.

    can't say a 243 wouldn't have done that either.. but it was what it was. he turned rigth as I was fireing and it made a bad angle shot.

    he didn't run any though.. I'd rather they drop than track a blood trail thru the woods.. :)
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