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    .243 OTT for Muntjac?

    Would .243 (95g) be considered a little OTT for Muntjac and cause (comparatively) too much meat damage?

    I have .17 HMR and .243 and slots for .22RF and .223. My second permission has Muntjac, Fox and Rabbit. To the best of my estimation, it seems there's not one ideal calibre for all. .223 would seem the best compromise, although clearly rather OTT for rabbits. Do many people actually use .223 for rabbit, for anything other than the odd opportune shot?

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    Decent soft point 100gr will work just fine
    people shoot munties with much bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm160 View Post
    Would .243 (95g) be considered a little OTT for Muntjac and cause (comparatively) too much meat damage?

    I have .17 HMR and .243 and slots for .22RF and .223. My second permission has Muntjac, Fox and Rabbit. To the best of my estimation, it seems there's not one ideal calibre for all. .223 would seem the best compromise, although clearly rather OTT for rabbits. Do many people actually use .223 for rabbit, for anything other than the odd opportune shot?
    In short, no.

    Muntjac are tough little buggers! For my first 15 years stalking I used a .308 firing 150gr Nosler BT's which caused minimal meat damage to muntjac, so long as I placed the bullet correctly. I can't say I've noticed any less meat damage with the .243 I use now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    Decent soft point 100gr will work just fine
    people shoot munties with much bigger
    +1, Shot my firs Montie with a 100g Norma soft point in .243 with minimal meat damage

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    308 150gr no complaints yet from any muntjac I have shot,

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    Agree with the above my 308 and 6.5 account for Munties each yr no problems .many guides won't allow .22 c/f for Munties or chinks anyhow .
    ​norma

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    Mmm, thanks gents and if still using .243, would stick with the 95g load rather than dropping to something smaller (e.g. 55-60g)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm160 View Post
    Mmm, thanks gents and if still using .243, would stick with the 95g load rather than dropping to something smaller (e.g. 55-60g)?
    Guy at the gun shop just told me that lighter bullets caused more damage.... True or false, I don't know... I am new to the center fire rifle thing other than the military...... Guys I hunt with are using 165-180 gr in 30.06 and .308 for roe and pigs.... one clown uses a 45/70 gov for the two.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm160 View Post
    Mmm, thanks gents and if still using .243, would stick with the 95g load rather than dropping to something smaller (e.g. 55-60g)?
    I think relatively heavy for calibre is never a bad thing (unless you have velocity regs to meet). So, shoot it with something your rifle likes and know performs well.

    Enjoy your shooting!

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    Thanks daven, me too, at least the folks on this forum are mightily helpful fir filling in the gaps

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