I know this is debated regularly. but I fancied some fresh eyes on it.
I'm looking to move up to a Deer legal calibre with the intent of shooting deer, realistically no bigger than Fallow. I've been looking at 25-06 or maybe a 260 (used a 260 and quite like it), but would a 243 do the job?
There are a couple of immediate financial advantages of shooting 243 as I currently have suitable reloading dies etc. This wouldn't make or break my decision but if its 50:50 it might tip me towards, just handy.
Looking at loading 100gr Hornady Soft Point which would be pushing about 2900fps producing roughly 1860 FPE. Surely this is enough to knock down fallow at sensible distances. I wouldn't be looking to shoot much past 200 yds, Typically 100-125 yds and maybe 300 if an absolute gem of an opportunity presented itself.
From what I gather, the 243 is (or can be) an accurate round, which in my book, accounts for more than an extra 200 PFE at the muzzle.
Thanks in advance.