View Full Version : Anybody use .243 ammo?

12-10-2011, 05:56 PM
I'm buying a rifle, (in Ireland so i'm restricted as to what i can get) and at the moment i'm undecided between .243 and .308 rounds. I'm looking at a remington 700, available in both calibres but i'd like to hear any opinions or experiences anyone has with .243 or even .308?

12-11-2011, 02:55 AM
They are both great cartridges, but personally I would choose the .308 for it's reliability on heavier game. Having said that, I've also taken decent size ferals with a .243 and even the lighter .223

I mostly hunt pigs in close with my .30-30 lever, or the .270 for a well placed longer shot.

I'd firstly be asking what you're using it for?

12-11-2011, 08:21 AM
What are you using it for?

I know people who swear by the Winchester for the likes of Chinese water deer or Muntjac etc . Im going deer hunting next month and the guy uses .243 . .308 might be abit over kill if your also going to be shooting rabits/Foxes.

12-11-2011, 09:43 AM
Thanks for the replies! Initially its going to be just target shooting, but deer stalking is the main plan as well as possibly smaller game/vermin ie foxes... but deer would be the main target.

12-11-2011, 11:20 AM
243 is good on deer just not so good on elk. Plus 243 can be used for rabbits and legged small game. From mu experience 243 upto a 200+ deer is good if you can pull off a great stalk and heart,lung side shot.

12-11-2011, 06:56 PM
I agree with Nasty,I've consistently taken Deer in the 200+lb. range with the .243cal..You have to pick and chose your shots wisely,I always go for the lung shot.But anything heavier I would go with the .308.

12-12-2011, 02:30 AM
308 may be a bit overkill for what you plan on using the weapon for. A 308 is more of a distance gun and not for short ranges.
The 243 would be your better choice for your plans.