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Location: Southern Indiana
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I have hunted Mule Deer in several states and use a Rem 700 bdl in 7 mag with 160 gr bullet.

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Location: Nebraska
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a 139 gr. bullet works well in a 7 mag also.

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Since you shoot both well I'd say use the 7mm. Why take the chance with the smaller round.

I don't think bullet size will make or break your hunt with the 7mm (as long as we're talking "regular" weight rounds - not target ammo or something. So pick the one you're used to using.

If you choose the .243 I'd get the best premium, controlled expansion/partition 100gr I can find

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a .243 is great for mule deer out to three hundred yards. but the bullets have to be light and have good penetration and seldom do you find this combination. I would most definatly hunt with the 7mm. If you hand load try a light charge and persay a 139 sst from hornaday. now a gun is a gun and they only do there job when used properly. the reason the sst are good is because you can make a shoulder shot and still get good penetration so at ranges like that your not really gonna wanna track a deer even farther so a shoulder shot should be a consideration.

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Location: Hobart OK
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Shot placement is the key to success I have put down many deer with my trusty .223

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Location: Florida,USA
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nothing against a .223 but it should be noted that most states have a min. of .24 cal for centerfire rifles used to take Deer and similar size game animals. Check your local regulations before using a small calibre rifle for Deer.

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Location: Wa.
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I don't know anyone that has shot a deer with a .224 diameter bullet (223). What type and weight of bullet is used? Just a curiosity.

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Location: North Carolina
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Fuzzybear; I use a 22-250 for deer here in North Carolina. It’s legal and deadly. The combined technology 50-grain bullet with H 380 powder is a great combination. I always get pass-through shots no matter where it hits. Also remember we use dogs to “move” the deer down here. I have yet to loose one or have one to run more than 50 yards. The largest deer I have taken with this rifle / bullet combination is 203 LB’s (on Foot). Big smile

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I owned a 243 win for many years and was always going to try the 80gr core locks. Being satified with the 270 win and 130's, I never attempted it. But then again, all of my hunting has been in the vast western states.

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