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Postby terry08 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:25 am

Jeremy shot the eight point at 60 yds with the 243 using the Hornady 100 grain. Shot placement was behind the left front shoulder with the deer standing still.
The bullet did not exit the deer, while cleaning I found bullet fragments also no blood trail. Is this the norm for the 243's? I was not impressed at all.
Also I found him about 70 or so yds from where he was shot.
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Re: Question

Postby chadbragg » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:27 am

I had the same result with hornady. That's why I switched to the powerpoint a few yrs back.
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Re: Question

Postby terry08 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:49 am

chadbragg wrote:I had the same result with hornady. That's why I switched to the powerpoint a few yrs back.

Thanks Chad, all we can find is Hornady. Even at Bass Pro, seems like they got the market cornered around here.
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Re: Question

Postby erle » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:10 am

Try VAN'S. I handload my own but They always seem to have a good selection of factory ammo.

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Re: Question

Postby stickers » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:45 pm

Depends on which bullet it was in the case. If it was one of their "ballistic tips" then that is what they are designed to do. The Hornady GMXs are good bullets along with the interlocks.
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Re: Question

Postby stickers » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:45 pm

stickers wrote:Depends on which bullet it was in the case. If it was one of their "ballistic tips" then that is what they are designed to do. The Hornady GMXs are good bullets along with the interlocks.
. If you are shooting the SSTs then I would save them for the Coyotes and varmints.
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Re: Question

Postby Mud Monster » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:20 pm

Had a similar experience with Hornady SST. Behind the shoulder, no exit, bullet fragmented...bad. Good blood trail however. Only went about 60 yards. I personally prefer soft points for better penetration.
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Re: Question

Postby terry08 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:25 pm

It was the interlock. Since I am not familiar with the round, I will reserve judgment. But I have found that my new 270 don't like Hornady either. Will stick with chadbragg, on the Federal Ammunition.
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Re: Question

Postby stickers » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:23 pm

terry08 wrote:It was the interlock. Since I am not familiar with the round, I will reserve judgment. But I have found that my new 270 don't like Hornady either. Will stick with chadbragg, on the Federal Ammunition.


I dont blame ya a bit. Really the only Hornady I will even consider shooting is the all copper GMX (much like Barnes). Especially out of a 243.
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Re: Question

Postby bigsteve » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:21 pm

Terry I am not a fan of that caliber I bought a 700 rem 243 for my youngest sons 13 th birthday he wanted a gun like mine I shot a 700 30/06 we shot 100 gr nosler partition and a.serria game.king boat tail he killed 7 or 8 deer with it neck shots but my oldest son crippled every one he shot with it I took the rifle the first one I shot hit the ground and did not kick the next one a.different story he was 320 yds broad side a little.up hill I shot he.kicked up and.ran when I got.to where he went into the woods I found blood we tracked him about.200 yds and the blood quit I knew by the blood he was lung shot I did not give up and.found him about 400 yds later when I cleaned him the entrance hole was the size of a 22 bullet and the exit.hole about like your little finger it entered between two ribs and exeted the same way . I never let them hunt with it again sold it and got them 308 s solved the problem I know there are people that will object to my post but I'll never own another one .me and all my grand kids shoot 7mm08 fantastic.caliber low recoil and.devistating knock down
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Re: Question

Postby Mud Monster » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:48 pm

+1. 7mm-08. Similar to same recoil but very much more capable.
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Re: Question

Postby lugnutzz » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:15 am

I have a 243 and killed a many a deer with it. Some dropped some ran. Shot factory loads 120gr corloks or reloads of 140gr game king boat tails.

Now I shoot a 7mm08 and love it. Got it as kid in model 7 Remington. I shoot the 140gr core loks.


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Re: Question

Postby bigsteve » Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:25 am

No doubt the 243 will kill a.deer in the right hands but when given to a young hunter it may not be the best choice they may not get the best shot placement this is' why l love the 7 mm 08 I bought one for.my wife about 15 years ago I used it a couple times and was amazed at the results and light recoil so.I bought me one in the browning a.bolt mounted a 4/12 x 50 mm nicon I have never lost a animal and have never had one go over 50 yds . I shoot the 140 gr ballistic silver tip
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Re: Question

Postby gtk » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:09 am

stickers, neat video !
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Postby stickers » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:18 pm

gtk wrote:stickers, neat video !


Almost makes me want to try those VLDs, almost. If you watch it full screen, you can see the vapor trail of the bullet almost the entire way to impact. :shock: :shock:
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Re: Question

Postby bigsteve » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:33 pm

I like mine a little.closer like 650 yds closer my kind of shot.
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Re: Question

Postby terry08 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:28 pm

Jeremy, is no young man. 6' 3" and 210 lbs. He bought it at a good price, and will learn in time that dad, knows best. He is the one who sold me on the 270. But then bought the 243 for himself. Go figure.
By the way he has taken three with mine & I think he will go back to the 270 soon. LOL
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Re: Question

Postby glenn » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:58 pm

terry08 wrote:Jeremy, is no young man. 6' 3" and 210 lbs. He bought it at a good price, and will learn in time that dad, knows best. He is the one who sold me on the 270. But then bought the 243 for himself. Go figure.
By the way he has taken three with mine & I think he will go back to the 270 soon. LOL


Yep and if things work at your house like they do at mine, he "sold" it to you and you will "give" it back to him. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sorry, after re-reading I thought you said he sold it to you. Not sold you on it.
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Re: Question

Postby terry08 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:24 pm

That's right glenn, he convinced me to try the 270. He got rid of his for the 243. The 270 was the best decision I've made in a couple of years. Jeremy, is happy with the 243. But I can see another 270 in his future.
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Re: Question

Postby jv » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:22 pm

I have been hunting with a .270 for the pass thirty plus years and have taken many deer with it. Before the .270 I always hunted with a 30 06 with reloads not factory ammo with which I took many deer and also my longest shot ever and killed the deer at a little over 600 yards but it did take three shots before I got my range right. I went to a 35 whelen a few years ago for primitive season and that is all I used to hunt with year round till now and this pass week I went back to the .270 and that is where I will stay.
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Re: Question

Postby Allisonboatsms » Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:24 pm

My girl friend shoots the 100 grain Whitetail America and they are devistating on deer. Rarely does one take a step if hit right behind the shoulder.
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Re: Question

Postby glenn » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:53 pm

Terry, there is no question a 270 is an outstanding round. I went from a 30-06 to a 243 years ago thinking it was a great move. Within 2 months I figured out it was not and traded it for a 270 that I have killed many dozens of deer with since. That was back when I wanted them all dead and wanted to be the one to kill them all. I did a pretty good job too. The last dozen or so years I have shot a 300wsm and 45-70 and doubt I will ever replace them.


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Re: Question

Postby terry08 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:03 pm

glenn wrote:Terry, there is no question a 270 is an outstanding round. I went from a 30-06 to a 243 years ago thinking it was a great move. Within 2 months I figured out it was not and traded it for a 270 that I have killed many dozens of deer with since. That was back when I wanted them all dead and wanted to be the one to kill them all. I did a pretty good job too. The last dozen or so years I have shot a 300wsm and 45-70 and doubt I will ever replace them.


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glenn, I really don't think it's the round. It's the rifle itself that I am happy with. I never lost nor missed one with the 45/70 Buffalo Classic. After getting rid of it due to weight, I have not been happy nor proficient with the short Handie Rifles. Now that I am back to splitting hairs at 100 yds the caliber doesn't matter. Shot placement will drop them with a sling shot. I am happy with the rifle.
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Re: Question

Postby glenn » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:42 am

I know what you mean about one feeling right. I have shot some that didn't and was miserable like you until I got one that did, more so with shotguns than rifles for me though.

I absolutely love to hunt small game, especially squirrels and rabbits. I grew up with a 16 gauge Remington 1148 automatic. Wherever I looked it shot. A few years ago after replacing the firing pin 3 times from wearing them down and it not ejecting shell like it should, I started shooting my 12 gauge 1100 I had for years, but it was too nice of a gun to abuse it the way I did the 16 gauge. It has never felt right in my hands and doesn't shoot where I look.

For Christmas, my son took my 16 gauge to a guy that was able to fix it. It feels nice to have back something that feels like it's part of me.
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