Why is the 243 so popular in Europe?

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  1. Jimbob

    Jimbob AH Enthusiast

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    I don't know when you lived there but German laws are very similar to the UK. The only real difference is that they are allowed handguns. They still require a license and must have that license ammended for new rifles. I'm not 100% but I don't think they have to justify each rifle mind.
     

  2. markferrigno

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    I left a year ago and held a Jagdschein (German hunting license) All you need to buy a rifle (including buying online) is your license. After you buy it and take it home you then register the gun with the authorities. But you can take the rifle take home as soon as you buy it. There is no limit on the amount of riles/shotguns allowed. Yes, as a hunter we were allowed to have two handguns. Handguns must be added to your weapons registration card before you can take it home from the store.
     
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  3. Jimbob

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    That is much more relaxed than I thought, thanks for the info
     
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    The 243 is a great deer caliber. It's an inherently accurate cartridge with little recoil even with 100g bullets. It's popular in the Southwest as a mule deer cartridge too.
     

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    I wondered the same actually
    To me the 243 is a bit light for deer hunting but roe deer and fallow aren't all that big
    I found that the 243 was probably the hardest cartridge to get good groups
    I have had 2 243s but none anymore
    I liked the 90 gn Speer w 44 gns AR2209/4350
    243 is also a very mild recoiler so this might be a reason for a relatively small cartridge
     

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