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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Thu, 2003-09-25 21:18#11
Sun, 2003-10-05 12:31#12
a 139 gr. bullet works well in a 7 mag also.
Sun, 2003-10-05 14:50#13
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
[ This Message was edited by: saskie on 2003-10-05 14:57 ]
Thu, 2003-12-04 14:19#14
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.
Sun, 2004-01-25 01:51#15
Shot placement is the key to success I have put down many deer with my trusty .223
Sun, 2004-01-25 13:02#16
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.
Thu, 2004-05-06 01:40#17
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.
Sat, 2004-05-29 20:09#18
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).
Mon, 2004-06-14 12:09#19
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.