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    I used a .243 hunting ground hogs for years with great success, back then we used 80 grain ammo (didn't have 58 and 55 grainers). I switched to the 25.06 and love the caliber but if I had to do it over I would have stayed with the .243, especially now that we have 58 or 55 grainers
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    Quote Originally Posted by canadaman30 View Post
    Why not get a rifle you can use for big game as well. 243 would be my pick out of your mention. Years ago I sold my 223 and just use a 270 for what ever I consider to big or to far for 22lr.

    Canadaman 30, I think you have a good point with the .243. I did a lot of chuck hunting in my younger years and definitely made a good choice with the .243, mounted with a 6X scope. As well I found it suitable for taking fox and European hare. I picked up an 80 grain cast bullet mold for it and had no problem with chucks out to 150 yards. I would later take my first deer with it, using a 100 grain soft point, it was a great gun in open terrain, but proved a bit light for deer hunting in the bush. I found the cartridges easy to reload, initially starting out with a LEE Loader, when I start picking up cartridge fired in other guns, I had to switch to a loading press and dies in order to do full case resizing. I would later find out there was actually full case resizer available that did not require the use of a loading press.


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    My go-to for Coyotes is .243Win,but,there's some areas I hunt that need long range and a little more smack down,so,.270Win does the job quite nicely.
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    Big fan of the .17 hmr myself. A tack driver.

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    Depends on where u live
    Up north ,no such thing as too big a caliber .Noise is not a factor .in the south,.223 will handle any and all scenarios.If you are looking for a specialty caliber that can do it all with less noise,less ricochet,less pelt damage,no muzzle jump or flash,yet shoot flat to 300 and handle any varmint or predator S Ont has to offer from mammals to birds than my number one choice is the .17 remington

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntnmachine View Post
    I used a .243 hunting ground hogs for years with great success, back then we used 80 grain ammo (didn't have 58 and 55 grainers). I switched to the 25.06 and love the caliber but if I had to do it over I would have stayed with the .243, especially now that we have 58 or 55 grainers
    .243... Versatile cal.
    'Used mine on groundhogs in Ontario as well as Prairie dogs in the US.
    'Nothing like smakin' them 'dogs with a 70gr. Hornady V-Max.
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    I bought myself a .204 a few years back and will be retiring it for another soon. It is a go to for me , I love the way it shoots and groups. The only upside to other calibers is offerings of heavier bullets than what's available in factory 204.

    A friend of mine has just picked up a savage in .224 Valkyrie and I will be giving it a look as a cabinet companion for the new .204. His rifle is a very well put together, just waiting on some range time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kavanagh View Post
    Big fan of the .17 hmr myself. A tack driver.
    check out the .17WSM. exploding water bottles( and Gophers) at 300 yards with a rim fire is impressive.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEmhl2eQoUw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGusLG8nRVA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTRAhigCtR4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcFreiyGnvc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f-A5hYfi_I
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kavanagh View Post
    Big fan of the .17 hmr myself. A tack driver.
    Yes I love my T1 in 17 HMR. Super accurate.
    Last edited by Deer Hunter; October 17th, 2019 at 05:45 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    I bought myself a .204 a few years back and will be retiring it for another soon. It is a go to for me , I love the way it shoots and groups. The only upside to other calibers is offerings of heavier bullets than what's available in factory 204.

    A friend of mine has just picked up a savage in .224 Valkyrie and I will be giving it a look as a cabinet companion for the new .204. His rifle is a very well put together, just waiting on some range time.

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    You are a big fan of new and rare eh, ha ha.

    Centerfire hype is one thing, the rimfire hype scares me. If you can make brass cases to reload then you are going to have no issues shooting it for a long time but new rimfire guns you better stock up on ammo, just in case.

    20 cal bullets though, will they go the way of 17 cal bullets or will they hold on? I do not know.

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