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178cajun
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.243 for deer?
I need yalls opinions on which bullets for deer. I broke my neck and have about half a million dollars in my neck. Recoil is a huge concern. This is the reason I chose a .243. I have a Remington 700 synthetic stock. What bullet do yall think on deer and what could I do to reduce the felt recoil? I am thinking corelocks and adding a sims butt pad. What else do yall suggest? Thanks in advance. ><> del


RATeamWannabe
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re: .243 for deer?
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weagle99
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What bullet do yall think on deer


The answer is always the Sierra Game King.


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4LSU2
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SportTiger1
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I believe they make reduced recoil corelokts in .243. Maybe wrong.

Your just not going to get much energy out of it.

Or if your satisfied with normal recoil, I just wouldn't go with a ballistic tip. That's my only suggestion.
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Rize
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2011
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re: .243 for deer?
Put a break on it and a good recoil pad. Shoot Barnes TSX bullets for deer.


rattlebucket
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And Here We Go




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Yat27
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WRedmondsStang
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I shoot a 6mm, which is equivalent to .244. Always shoot 100 grain Rem Core Loks, never squeezed the trigger and had a deer take a single step. Neck/shoulder shoot trophies and neck/head shoot does.


ToothMaker
Member since Feb 2013
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Barnes Vortex... Two holes lots of blood. Dead deer at end of blood trail, if it runs


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178cajun
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: .243 for deer?
Why? Just asking for a little help


Yat27
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Why? Just asking for a little help


Just a joke, bud. As you can see by some of the other posts, the .243 deer rifle has been the object of derision by some on this board.


178cajun
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2008
356 posts

re: .243 for deer?
Oh....ok I would rather shoot my 06 but the recoil is way too stiff. I am lucky to still be able to walk with my walker. I have not shot my .243 yet, still kinda leary of it. Thank yall for the support and help. ><> del


Shoat Nuff
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If you really want to manage recoil go semi-auto. I have a model 100 winchester in .308 that's a real soft shooter. You could also go the AR route for this reason. You can get AR-10s in .308 that are surprisingly accurate for semi-autos and recoil much less than bolt rifles, you're just going to end up paying more. It beats buying a new half million dollar neck though.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: .243 for deer?
Get a limbsaver pad. They help a lot. Adding weight helps a lot as well. A wood stock will usually be a good bit heavier. Add a muzzle brake and it won't kick harder than a .22

You could get a muzzle brake put on your .30-06 if you really want to use it. It'll be loud as all hell but won't kick hard. Once again, add a limbsaver pad and some weight. Reduced recoil loads also help a lot and still give good performance.

No matter what route you go, get a muzzle brake. They aren't too expensive to have installed and someone else could give you an accurate price. Being the old man you are, you're probably already halfway deaf anyway

A .243 with a limbsaver pad and muzzle brake will be incredibly soft shooting.

I suggest NOT using core locts for your .243 as I've seen them do very poorly.

Hate to hear that you're having troubles man. Best of luck and prayers inbound.


LSUMAN79
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Denham Springs
Member since Sep 2007
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re: .243 for deer?
This .243 debate always cracks me up. I shoot 100 grain Corelocts out of my .243 and have only had one deer take more than a step after it was hit. The only thing I don't like is that I don't get a pass through which would be nice for tracking purposes. The bullet always stops against the skin on the backside so I have a little collection going of mushroomed bullets that have killed deer. But, when the deer falls where it's hit it doesn't matter. A buttpad and a heavy wooden stock and you should be fine as far as low recoil. Good luck and I'm glad you are getting a chance to hunt after your surgery!


bbvdd
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A .243 with a muzzle break would probably kick less than a .223


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unclejhim
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Member since Nov 2011
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Get a limbsaver pad. They help a lot.
This.....
I put one of these on my 35 Whelen and can shoot 200 grn bullets all day long. Get one!!


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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The bullet always stops against the skin on the backside


That's why I don't like them. An exit is a requirement for a deer rifle that I'm using.


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Bama and Beer
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Member since Oct 2010
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This .243 debate always cracks me up. I shoot 100 grain Corelocts out of my .243 and have only had one deer take more than a step after it was hit. The only thing I don't like is that I don't get a pass through which would be nice for tracking purposes. The bullet always stops against the skin on the backside so I have a little collection going of mushroomed bullets that have killed deer. But, when the deer falls where it's hit it doesn't matter. A buttpad and a heavy wooden stock and you should be fine as far as low recoil. Good luck and I'm glad you are getting a chance to hunt after your surgery!
This guy gets it



My Browning .243 has laid a many a deer down


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