Hi guys, I've currently got a Tikka T3 .243 as my foxing/stalking (roe and fallow and fox no more than 150m at the very most) rifle and when I bought it (2nd hand) it came with 100grain Federal PowerShoks which are now running low. From looking on the Federal website I see they also do the PowerShok in 80grain which for all intents and purposes looks like a much better bullet. More energy (both at the barrel and down range), flatter trajectory, higher velocity, less wind drift etc. Seeing as both bullet weights fulfil the English/Welsh criteria for deer calibres I was asking if anyone has any experience of using an 80grain bullet on deer up to fallow size? I know a lot of people argue that a .243 is too "girly" etc but I'm doing more foxing than stalking and can't afford another rifle at present so I'm keeping the .243 and making sure I get good shot placement.
My main concerns being with the 80 grain will I get sufficient penetration and will it cause more meat damage (heart lung shots) on fallow? Ideally I'd like to use one weight of bullet for all current foxing/stalking needs to keep my zero and confidence.
I have researched as much as I can online so now after some real world advice from people and their experiences.