It’s better suited for varmint hunting than big game hunting, but a 62-grain Fusion or even a 55-grain Trophy Copper would reliably take down a whitetail given proper shot placement. I would take the 6 CM over the .243, but the .243 has better ammo availability. Winchester introduced the cartridge to the civilian market shortly thereafter in the Model 70 bolt action and the Model 88 lever action. You’ll probably pay twice as much per round as .223 Rem., but at least you’ll have something to shoot. is a classic Army brat. There's a lot of debate as to what the best deer rifle is, but the .243 definitely has it going on. 67 posts • Page 1 of 3 • 1, 2, 3. 223 vs 243 vs 270. by petemacsydney » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:59 pm Anybody got advice on 223 vs 243 vs 270? Barnes lists 12 bullet weights commercially available for .243 Win., ranging from a 55-grain boat tail to a 105-grain hollow-point boat tail. was designed as both a light deer rifle and a varmint cartridge—it can hold its own against high-velocity .22-calibers but still provide enough oomph to take down larger animals. Bolt action rifles, lever action, pump action, self loading rifles and other miscellaneous longarms. I'll also add the 25'06 for consideration. I like that .223 is not as overbore as .243. I would take the 6 CM over the .243, but the .243 has better ammo availability. A 55-grain or 75-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip or Hornady V-Max bullet would do great work against varmints while a 100-grain Sierra Game King could take down any whitetail in North America. Jump to Latest Follow 21 - 31 of 31 Posts. Jump to Latest Follow 21 - 31 of 31 Posts. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or jacketing type. Both cartridges were introduced in the 1950s. In non-pandemic times, the .223 Rem. I'll also add the 25'06 for consideration. double in price. 1; 2; First 2 of 2 Go to page. Added powder increases velocity and energy, which translates to what the Internet calls “knock-down power” (more on that later). As such, the following is for comparative information purposes only and should not be used to make precise predictions of the trajectory, performance, or true ballistics of any particular .223 Remington or .243 Winchester rounds for hunting, target shooting, plinking, or any other usage. Although 223 will kill deer, I think its too small a caliber. The following ammunition cartridge ballistics information and chart can be used to approximately compare .223 Remington vs .243 Winchester ammo rounds. There's a lot of debate as to what the best deer rifle is, but the .243 definitely has it going on. As a rule of thumb, when it comes to hunting, muzzle energy is what many hunters look at when deciding on what caliber of firearm / ammunition to select. For a cartridge comparison such as the .243 vs .308, potential users want to see which has a flatter trajectory, meaning it shows less bullet drop. The AR-15 chambered in .223 Rem. Its on game performance is ideal. I'm not aware of any states that prohibits the use of 243's on deer. The .243 sends a bigger bullet down range and is a great long range flat shooting round in a small package capable and legal to shoot deer with. 243 vs 7mm-08 vs 308 Ballistics. Furthermore, the muzzle energy of a .223 Remington round averages out to 1250 ft-lb, while a .243 Winchester round averages out to about 1950 ft-lb. I’m not saying your .243 Win. Oh...and gun weight matters too for sure. The ammunition is more expensive, but it’s just as common (especially these days), and I can find rifles in lots of different actions and from many different manufacturers. Both the .243 and the .223 will stop a coyote in its tracks. The latter two are more common, but Henry makes a sweet lever gun called the “Long Ranger” in both calibers. 1; 2; First 2 of 2 Go to page. If you’re looking for a semi-auto, you’ll likely have better luck finding a .223 Rem., but lots of companies chamber semi-auto guns in .243 Win. Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by browning308, Feb 10, 2011. cartridges are currently listed as available. For hunting I'd stand by the 1st statement re; 223 v 22-250, and then revise to add the 243 has heavier projectiles as well as a broader weight range so it would win the battle, in my mind anyway. I have seen some 12 twist 223s do well with bullets in the 60-64 grain range, and others that were marginal. May 14. Comparing the 22-250 and 243 from a target standpoint the 243 wins for barrel life only; 1200 vs 2500 rounds per barrel if you're pushing things fast. A .223 Rem. The 223 is not legal for hunting in many states. When it comes to the 223 vs 243 recoil, you may find that hunting with a 243 may tire you out after a long day, but the 223 Remington is a faithful and easy to handle companion you’ll be glad to have by your side. You can load a bit heavier for hunting predators or varminting and since most .223 rifles have that slower twist rate, shorter leade and tighter freebore, the .223 will likely be more accurate. It’s true that bullet construction and shot placement will kill an animal more effectively than poor shooting with a huge caliber. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. The prices on Federal’s website don’t appear to have risen, but elsewhere I’ve seen .223 Rem. Written By Ron Spomer The sun was on the Nebraska horizon and a Mossberg 243 Winchester bolt-action was on my shoulder when a herd of November whitetails exploded from a copse of trees and scattered into the Sandhills. Win. The main advantage if you use the 243 head space gauge to set the head space is that you can use the brass you already have and the feed rails and mag length will remain the same. The 243 was better in windy conditions. re: Recoil comparison- .223 vs .243 vs 30-30 Posted by lv2bowhntAU on 1/12/14 at 6:08 pm to DownshiftAndFloorIt quote: A .308 that fits well will be much more pleasant to shoot than a .243 … The 243 round was much louder (out in the field with no ear protection), it could reach out a little further, and with accurate hits it was instant (fall over) death to the varmint. This is usually achieved by determining the maximum range at which a bullet has retained enough velocity to fully expand. To put this into perspective, a Boeing 737 commercial airliner travels at a cruising speed of 600 mph, or 880 fps. That gun’s modern military counterpart, the 5.56 NATO, has been in continuous use by militaries around the world since the early 1960s. If mainly sitting in and not hiking for miles a heavier gun kicks less than a light gun in any given caliber. Versatility Winchester rolled the .243 out as a commercial cartridge in 1955. Introduced only two years apart, the .223 Remington and the .243 Winchester couldn’t have come from more different neighborhoods of the firearms world. The .243 Win. Depends what the main shooting will be, if primearely a deer rifle 243 but 223 is going to be alot cheaper to run in factory ammo which means more practice and bunnys hares etc … This round is a modification of the .308 WinchesterThe .243 compares well with the .308 in terms of distance trajectory. Coyote Cartridges: .223 Rem. 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