- Jun 11, 2017
- Reaction score
- Alexandria, VA USA
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- NRA Life Member, SCI
- Eastern US & RSA
As long as bullet placement is correct, the 243WIN is fine for what you used it for. And just to make things perfectly clear, even your 375H&H is considered marginal by some people depending on the game you are hunting.I’d like to try my .243 to 500 yards and beyond. All my rifles are hunting rifles. They are not match rifles. Even the 300 RUM that I’ve shot 2000 yards and 1 mile targets with is a well made hunting rifle…
I bought the Tikka .243 to practice with so I would be familiar with the SAKO .375H&H. After I got the .243 back from MOA Rifles, with a few upgrades, it became extremely accurate and a joy to shoot. As long as I do my part, it will hit exactly where I aim. I really didn’t set out to make it a primary hunting rifle. I actually didn’t consider it until I brought it to SA for my 3rd Safari and used it for Bush Pig, Jackal, Warthog, and Impala.
Talking to my PH and planning my last Safari, I really considered just bringing a .375H&H but he likes that .243 and told me to bring it… I had no idea how much disdain there was for .243? Although, a lot of what I’ve read are second hand accounts of what it can’t do.
I’m not in love .243, I just know, by my firsthand experience, it kills animals dead. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t talk about it.
Next size up for me is 7MM REM MAG. I’m certain that’s a marginal caliber too…
I sure am glad I didn’t read all the negative posts on either of these calibers before I started hunting with them, because my trophy rooms would be relatively empty and my taxidermist wouldn’t have a new 4x4 diesel rig…
EDIT - I have a friend with a Rem 700 stainless/synthetic in 300RUM and it's a tack driver. Never had any work done to it and shoots dime sized holes in 3-shot groups at 100 yards. Not sure if it's the rifle or the caliber, whatever it is...is wicked good.