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Thread: New rifle and caliber. 243w or 308w?

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    New rifle and caliber. 243w or 308w?

    Ok I cant really decide so maybe some of you guys in here could help a little.

    I have a Brno 270w. The rifle is heavy, and the Kaps 2,5-10x56 scope on it is heavy too. When you combine those things you get one heavy setup. But its great for stand hunting.

    I want another one, it shold be a light syntetic rifle, probably a Ruger American. I just cant decide what caliber I should pick.

    I have to say roehunting is my favourite and my rifle hunting is 95% roedeer. Should I then get a 243 og 308? Does the meat damage differ greatly between those two?

    The good thing about 243w is that I then have a rifle only for roedeers ( here in Denmark its illegal to shoot anything bigger than roe with a 243w)

    The good thing about 308W is that I could also use it on red deer.

    Yes the 308w is a bigger caliber, but does it make a lot more meat damage on a roe than a 243w will? I guess that will decide what caliber to pick.

    Hope you understand this little story hehe.

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    the 243 will be fine for Roe using the correct bullet to minimize meat damage,look towards a bonded core bullet or one of the solid copper barnds,it will also be OK on reds although some peole on here sau its not enough gun but dead is dead if you put the bullet in the right place.
    if you cant shoot big deer get a 308 it all depends on how many reds you intend on shooting.
    The 308 would be an alround calibre over the 243,gain using a good quality bullet it will minimize meat damage

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    I have both calibres and use them both on a regular basis on roe. If I was forced to just use one of them on roe I would pick the 308 although it would be a very difficult choice. Both do the job very well and there is not a lot of difference to the amount of meat spoilt. I use 100 grain in the 243 and 165 in the 308.

    Mulac

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    243w is legal for roe here, but not for anything bigger. For an example Red deer. Thats why I have my 270W which I can shoot red deer with. If I get a 308w I know I have two almost identical rifles in 270W and 308. But I then have a heavy stand rifle and a lightweight stalking rifle. And both is legal for Red deer if I should get the chance. But 95% of my hunting is for roe, so dont know if its overkill to have a 270 AND a 308

    Ok mulac nice to hear some experinces from someone who use both calibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by see it shoot it View Post
    the 243 will ... also be OK on reds
    Reading the OP it won't be legal though, so will have to be .308
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    My stalking is also mostly roe. I started with a .270. Have used .243,6.5x55,.308 myself and have seen quite a few other calibers used first hand. Its nice to have a .243 in the cabinet but it wouldn't be my first choice for a roe rifle. You can potentially get more meat damage than a heavier caliber. 100 grain controlled expansion bullets would be the preferred choice with the .243 but many will only shoot well with lighter bullets. Light bullets pushed fast, expect to see damage.

    I would personally buy a new .270 in a lighter setup. Other calibers to consider might be 25-06, .280rem, or if you want a short action .260rem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renico View Post
    243w is legal for roe here, but not for anything bigger. For an example Red deer. Thats why I have my 270W which I can shoot red deer with. If I get a 308w I know I have two almost identical rifles in 270W and 308. But I then have a heavy stand rifle and a lightweight stalking rifle. And both is legal for Red deer if I should get the chance. But 95% of my hunting is for roe, so dont know if its overkill to have a 270 AND a 308

    Ok mulac nice to hear some experinces from someone who use both calibers.
    .270 and .308 are very different. You potentially have more knock down power by using heavier weight bullets with the .308 but it is a slow bullet and trajectory is an arc compared to the .270 which is faster and flatter.

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    I actually have thought of getting another 270w instead of 308. Could be quite nice to have two of the same caliber but with two different jobs to do.

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    I should say that I also have considered Calibrer 6,5x55 have heard it should be excellent for Roe and also good enough if a Red deer comes by some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renico View Post
    I should say that I also have considered Calibrer 6,5x55 have heard it should be excellent for Roe and also good enough if a Red deer comes by some day.
    6.5x55mm with 140gr ammo will knock over anything from fox to red. 1 rifle, 1 round - get good with it!
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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