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Guys I have deer hunted for years with a bolt action .243 I moved up in caliber for deer hunting mainly because my wife bought me a larger gun. From what I hear a lot of folks hunt with a .223 when predator hunting. Are there any advantages over the .243 with the .223? I already have a .243 I do not have a .223.
 

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The .223 is a little more fur friendly. The .243 is much better at reaching out long distance and dropping a coyote in its tracks. If you reload get the 60-75 grain varmint bullets, if not just buy 80 grain softpoints and go out and have fun.
 

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Thanks for the Info, I dont reload although I usally shoot 90 grain bullets, I dont care about the hides much just as long as I can get'em down.
 

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The .243 is a dandy coyote whacker. I am breaking in a recently re barreled FN Mauser that I turned in to a 6mm Remington, and I am shooting 85 grain Speer hot core spitzers. Never fear for the various 6mm chamberings, for they are super duper coyote medicine.
 

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ReidRH said:
Guys I have deer hunted for years with a bolt action .243 I moved up in caliber for deer hunting mainly because my wife bought me a larger gun. From what I hear a lot of folks hunt with a .223 when predator hunting. Are there any advantages over the .243 with the .223? I already have a .243 I do not have a .223.
I have both and either is quite effective. I shoot 50gr. hollow points or V-Max in the .223. My varmint load for the .243 is 75 gr. V-Max.
 

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Don't under estimate the .243. I have taken down a nice 10, 8, and 6 pt. whitetail in their tracks and have taken 5 coyotes in their tracks since last August. I use a 100 gr. for everything. It does everything and more. My longest shot ever was 326 yds. on a half grown groundhog with a 243. If money is an issue just find something that shoots good through it and hit the woods. I have thought about getting a 22-250 but I like the way the 243 bucks the wind.
 

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i ve been using my 6mm , that i shot my first rifle buck with and havent had one go anywhere yet !
its about shot placement , i ve dropped bucks and coyotes and about everything else with it
great caliber IMHO
(6mm is .244 thats why i commented pretty much same caliber , and i use 100 soft points , hits like a hammer !)
 
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