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Unread 06-04-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Which Caliber in rifle to choose...243 VS .308...

Ive been searching and looking/debating on which caliber to choose from. Ive been in the market for a hunting rifle. Ill be hunting, pigs, coyote(varmints) and also deer. So Ive been debating on choosing a rifle caliber to go with. Ive ended up with two choices .243 and .308. So i was looking to see what yall recommend on which caliber to go with. Ive read/heard that the .243 once it hits deer or its mark(not sure on what distance) it will shatter and not penetrate and not bring the animal down, I want an effective round that I know I will have no problem with on hitting my target. The .243 and .308 can be bought almost everywhere for a fair price, Ive seen some 30-06's on here for sale but I heard they kick like a mule. I need something once I shoot I can get back on the target quick, and also good at a long effective range. So any advice on what yall think would be a good would be great.
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Unread 06-04-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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I also heard the .308 since its a heavier round it will reach greater distances then the .243??
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Unread 06-04-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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At distance, the .308 is my choice of the two.
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If your not worried about the fur damage on the varmits then go 308. With the 243 you still need to get a very low grain round to not tear a coyote hide all to hell.
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Unread 06-04-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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I went through quite a few different calibers and ended up with a 7mm-08 as my primary hunting rifle. I will never go to another round.
It is essentially a 308 necked down 7mm. It has better ballistics then the 308 with less recoil.
If you are wanting to save the pelts I would go with a seperate gun all together. I have both a 17hmr and 22-250 for my varmint guns....
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Unread 06-04-2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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I have hunted with a 30.06 for years now and never had a problem with the kick. Maybe its just the adrenaline pumping but its never anything that's been any kind of problem. Id say go .308 between the 2 choices you gave tho.
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Unread 06-04-2010, 10:48 PM   #7
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.243 is pretty much a .308 necked down to 6mm, and depending on your idea of long range can dictate which caliber as well. I say the .243 cause its a lil more versitle for what you've listed so far, you can get a 85 gr partition for larger game and then Hornady makes a 55gr bullet which runs just like a .22-250 for varmints.
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Unread 06-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #8
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BTW the key to both is having the right bullet for the animal your hunting.
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Unread 06-05-2010, 04:34 AM   #9
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It sounds like you want a gun that's easy to shoot, shoots well, and you won't get heartbroken about beating it around. A Stevens 200, or a Howa Ranchland Combo sounds like your game. Stevens 200's are $200-$250 right now at Academy.
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It sounds like you want a gun that's easy to shoot, shoots well, and you won't get heartbroken about beating it around. A Stevens 200, or a Howa Ranchland Combo sounds like your game. Stevens 200's are $200-$250 right now at Academy.
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You can get the Stevens 200 in 7-08 or 243...

My 22-250 is the Howa Ranchland and for the money one of the best guns I have owned.
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You can get the Stevens 200 in 7-08 or 243...

My 22-250 is the Howa Ranchland and for the money one of the best guns I have owned.
Dude, you should come shooting with us out here in the boonies. My shooting partner and I are building our 200's, and taking the precision rifle course at Tac-Pro, and from there, probably on to some practical rifle/steel safari shoots. Sound like fun?
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Unread 06-05-2010, 07:22 AM   #12
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30-06 doesn't kick as bad as it sounds. I have shot some 180 grain rounds out of mine ( Howa 1500) and they have some punch, but I mostly shoot a 155grain round that I have made by a friend of mine and the kick is not that bad, and as mentioned before when you are hunting and your adrenaline is pumping you will never feel it. I agree, go with a .308, great all around round. Just my $.02
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Dude, you should come shooting with us out here in the boonies. My shooting partner and I are building our 200's, and taking the precision rifle course at Tac-Pro, and from there, probably on to some practical rifle/steel safari shoots. Sound like fun?
Fucking Rad!

Wish I had the spare time to mess with something like that.

To the topic, I only have two hunting rifles, a .308 AND a .243


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You can get the Stevens 200 in 7-08 or 243...

My 22-250 is the Howa Ranchland and for the money one of the best guns I have owned.
I have an older pre-Garcia Sako .22-.250 with upper end Leopold optics that will drive tacks at 250 yards. I sold almost all my other rifles, but this was/is the best I ever had.
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I shoot a Browning A-Bolt in .243. I have had it for 20 years and it is probably the best shooting rifle I own. For deer and smaller it is perfect and for anything bigger I just use my .338. I never bought a .308 since I really have the range covered well with those 2.
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I'm not worried about the fur damage at all on the coyote's. Cabelas has the savage scope combo in a .308 for around $500? not sure though, I also seen a used .243 savage w upgraded scope (forgot brand) and it was all camo. The stock was upgraded, already came with detachable box magazine and all it needed was a sling. My cousin told me it was a great rifle, came hooked up already and said to jump on it, but wasn't sure if i wanted the .243..But i figured if i bought a .308 and they seem to come with a crappy scope i would have to change that out and i would spend a couple hundred on that, if that's the case i would just get the used .243 w upgraded scope and stock right?
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I went through quite a few different calibers and ended up with a 7mm-08 as my primary hunting rifle. I will never go to another round.
It is essentially a 308 necked down 7mm. It has better ballistics then the 308 with less recoil.
If you are wanting to save the pelts I would go with a seperate gun all together. I have both a 17hmr and 22-250 for my varmint guns....


This guy says it best.

Can't believe that .270 is so non-existent these days. Decent round...
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Unread 06-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #18
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I shoot a 7mm Rem Mag and dad has a couple of .270's and a .303 enfield.

I'd go for the .308 if it were me.
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I'm a fan of both rounds but I have always thought that a .243 is perfect for Texas game. I shot countless deer, pigs, African plains game and tons of varmints with my Model 70 .243 and a few of them at some pretty good distances (I shot my Impala at 264 yards)
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I'm a fan of both rounds but I have always thought that a .243 is perfect for Texas game. I shot countless deer, pigs, African plains game and tons of varmints with my Model 70 .243 and a few of them at some pretty good distances (I shot my Impala at 264 yards)
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My first deer rifle was a Remington 700 in .243, and it is the only one I have ever needed. Deer, varmint, whatever. My dad always hunted with a 270, and I liked it too.
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