Would take a .243 moose or mule deer hunting?

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My dad just bought a Savage 111FCXP3 package series in .243. I was wondering if you would take it moose hunting. i can drive up to them on my quad to about 50 yards and get out so i thought at 50 yards you should drop em if you put one in the vitals. For mule deer ill be shooting them at about 100-200 yards so i thought a 100 gr will do it.

the 243 is one of the best deer rounds on the market, ive seen it used on large elk with no problem. if your an excellent shot you could drop a moose out to 50 or 100 yards no sweat. if your not comfortable hitting a target the size of a quarter i wouldn’t advise it. if you do try to kill a moose with it i would study their anatomy to find the best spots for a clean kill

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Colton June 23, 2010 at 5:21 am

I would go with a .243 if i was within 50 yards but thats about it. For a mule deer that will be plenty power
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Joshua June 23, 2010 at 5:53 am

I would take it mule deer hunting, but I would get something bigger for moose hunting.
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larry June 23, 2010 at 6:26 am

I would handload the 243 Cal 100 grain Nosler Partition bullet at full power for broadside lung hits on big mule deer, and hope for the best in the uncertainties of long shots standing on broken ground in the often 3 second window one has to make the shot in!

Some time back, the Yukon bureaucrats decided to limit the impact of Indians on the local moose herds, so they gave local tribes 22 Hornet rifles. The braves boycotted the plan, but the smug squaws simply lung-shot big moose, and followed them for hours until they fell over! Make what you will of this.
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the long shot June 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

Yes on the Mule Deer, not really on the Moose. I know several guys who hunt Muleys in SD with .243s.
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Texas Pride June 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

I’m not saying it can’t be done with a .243 – elephants have been brought down with less – but it’s probably ill-advised for moose. The .243 is fine for any deer that you use decent shot placement on, but I’d want something more for moose. 30-06, 7mm Rem Mag, and upwards.

I’m certain that if you got a good heart shot on a moose, you could bring it down with one .243 shot, especially from 50 yards. I just wouldn’t rely on it is all.

Good luck, –Tex
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Fatefinger June 23, 2010 at 7:16 am

Mule deer if you have the skill. Moose, no.
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Peter Griffin June 23, 2010 at 8:06 am

Mule yes.. Moose, not recommended for a clean kill.

For moose, I use 12 gauge slug or when rifle hunting, .300 Win Mag
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DoZeR June 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

the 243 is one of the best deer rounds on the market, ive seen it used on large elk with no problem. if your an excellent shot you could drop a moose out to 50 or 100 yards no sweat. if your not comfortable hitting a target the size of a quarter i wouldn’t advise it. if you do try to kill a moose with it i would study their anatomy to find the best spots for a clean kill
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mccollum June 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

its ok for mules but the moose will run a bit with 100 grains, id boost up a bit
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stormgale89 June 23, 2010 at 10:22 am

i wouldn’t do it, I know some people in my area that have done it to moose and got them with one shot, but your pushing the limits of the small bullet, the .243 winchester is a deer/varmint round, not a moose round in my opinion, it’s like hunting a grizzly with a .308 winchester, you can do it with good shot placement, but it’s really not recommended.
for mule deer? sure, it’ll do the job nicely to 200-250 yards.
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