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#190472 - 03/15/18 02:20 PM The Over Looked .243
Hendog
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I have been Hunting & Shooting with single shot handguns since the 1980`s. For some reason I have over looked a .243 in a handgun. I recently purchased a CVA Scout in .243 & it shoots Speer 85gn btsp w/Varget under MOA to 200yds.

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#190473 - 03/15/18 02:43 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Hendog]
Zee
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One of my favorite and most used cartridges.
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#190477 - 03/15/18 05:18 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Zee]
Hendog
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I have owned many .243 rifles but, this is my first Handgun. I don't see much Info on Handgun Hunting with the .243 Winchester.

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#190479 - 03/15/18 06:31 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Hendog]
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I have one. Works like a champ.
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#190483 - 03/15/18 07:55 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Zee]
45MAN
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YEARS AGO, ON THE ENCINO DIVISION OF THE KING RANCH, MY BROTHER SHOT A BUCK IN THE SHOULDER WITH A 243 RIFLE. THE BULLET BUGGERED HIS SHOULDER BUT DID NOT PENETRATE TO THE VITALS, AND THE DEER TRIED TO CRAWL OFF. FOR YEARS I CONDEMNED THE 243 WHEN IT WAS THE BULLET, NOT THE CARTRIDGE, THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. I SUSPECT THAT THE 243 CAN BE AN OUTSTANDING HANDGUN ROUND.


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#190487 - 03/15/18 08:56 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: 45MAN]
Zee
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My boy has used the .243 Win exclusively for the past two seasons and taken 8 deer.

I have culled some 50 (+/-) pigs and deer in the past couple years with the cartridge and either 85gr Sierra HPBT-GK bullets or 105gr Hornady A-Max.

It is about as stellar an accurate, low recoil, smooth shooting cartridge for medium game as can be found.

If I had to choose a handful of cartridges to last me the rest of my life...........the .243 Winchester would assuredly be one.
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#190489 - 03/15/18 09:00 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Zee]
racksmasher1
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Great round!

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#190517 - 03/16/18 11:23 AM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: racksmasher1]
wvhitman
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I wasn't a big .243 fan for a long time. I had my Encore barrel rechambered to 6mmAI. Since then I've done several hundred groundhogs with 70 gr. BTs out to 400, about half dozen deer with 85 gr. NPT out to 400, and my big javelina at 110 with a 85 NPT.
This has caused me to rethink the value of .243 bullets in handguns. It has been a pleasant surprise. I'll be giving them more use.

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#190519 - 03/16/18 12:08 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: wvhitman]
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I've been shooting a 243 Striker for years and have yet to experience anything negative. Very accurate and pleasant to shoot. An 87 gr Hornady SP over H4895 has accounted for numerous deer and antelope.
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#190526 - 03/16/18 04:39 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Boartuff]
Hendog
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The Speer 85gn BTSP is a medium game bullet, not a varmint bullet. I get 2800 fps from a 14" barrel with an almost max load of Varget. I plan on using it this deer season and possibly on a Hog hunt next year.

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