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which caliber would you pick

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by unicom, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Younggun

    Younggun Doer of Deeds TGT Supporter Admin

    Jul 31, 2011
    hill co.
    As my old friend used to say "if you need a tracking dog to hunt with a .243, you shouldn't be hunting".

    I learned on a .243, never had to track one. Still use it.

    Either will suit you fine. Lots of bullet options for .243, not sure what is available for 6.5 hunting but bullets options were expanding rapidly when I last checked.

    You won't be dissapointed with either round.

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  2. FireInTheWire

    FireInTheWire A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2018
    Big Country
    Flip a coin. Happy hunting either way.
  3. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 Well-Known

    Was just thinking that Saturday when I hauled out my Ruger PR with it's Magpul PRS and it's heavy tactical scope and it's suppressor.

    One heavy MF'r.
    It spits out groups (.5 inch) far smaller than needed for a piggy or whitetail.
    Did I say it's too dang heavy?

    I'll keep shooting my deer, under a couple hundred feet, in the neck with my light handy Kimber .223 any day.
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  4. toddnjoyce

    toddnjoyce TGT Addict

    Sep 27, 2017
    I think you have enough to make a decision with.

    If you think you’re ever going to shoot something bigger than a Texas whitetail, I’d go with the .270 or .30-06.

    Both classic hunting cartridges that can take down most American game species.

    Except bear; they’ll need something a little more appropriate. Like a Barrett.
  5. Kosh75287

    Kosh75287 Active Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I think I'd try shooting 100-200rounds of ammo through each, with careful attention to how you score on targets at known distances. If you score 10% better with one than with the other, I'D say that the one you score best with is your rifle/caliber combination. If the point score between the two is less than 10%, I'D opt for the 6.5 mm cartridge. Slightly more mass on target may win the day. Additionally, if you are constrained to "step-up" to a larger-bore rifle (say, 7mm, 7.62(x51, 54, 63, or larger), or even 8mm), then your greater familiarity with the 6.5xwhatever may make your transition less of an adjustment.
    NEITHER the .243 Winchester nor the 6.5 CM are rifles with which I would confidently hunt "anything on the North-American continent", but the skills necessary to graduate to such calibers can be learned from either round.
  6. Saltyag2010

    Saltyag2010 TGT Addict

    Feb 11, 2014
    Flour Bluff, America
    .243. You can find good ammo everywhere. It’s a light shooter and even kids can learn on it. Ammo price is great too
  7. Kingarthur777

    Kingarthur777 Active Member

    Sep 22, 2018
    I have a 6.5 Creed, simply because it shoots, long, flat and does a tremendous damage on the other end. My son has a 7mm08 with a Monarch BDC I helped him sight in last year. If he does his part, it will do its.
  8. Budintx

    Budintx New Member

    I’ve hunted deer for over 50 years, used 30/30, 270, 243, now use 223.They are all good. The 243 is a sweet cal., as is the 223.
  9. Kingarthur777

    Kingarthur777 Active Member

    Sep 22, 2018
    I used to hunt with a 7mm mag, because I don't like having to follow a blood trail.
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  10. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Sorry you guys can't shoot well enough to kill a deer with a .243.
    I killed my first deer at 8 with a .222 (actually missed the first shot at ~100 yds, it ran & I hit with the second shot at ~170 yds) , and killed another with a .243 at age 9 or 10 (not sure when I transitioned).
    All dropped dead right there, shot in the neck.

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