Tell me about 7mm-08 vs 243

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by KyBucks10, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Art

    Art 12 pointer

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    So many great calibers out there. My opinion is that both are great calibers and have huge followings, so what would really be the determining factor would be the primary use of the gun and how often he plans to shoot.

    I know a member here that routinely shoots his .243 at around 1100 yards with great results, and takes coyotes in the 600 yard range all the time. It is more than capable. If I were planning on it being primarily a big game gun, or extreme long range gun, the the 7-08 is probably the better choice as the only downfall would be availability and cost of ammo.
     
  2. BTOWNER

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    Never had any dealings with 7mm. I have been shooting
    a .243 ever since I was 13. Never felt the need to change. Doubt either will let you down in any of the respectable brands. Good luck
     
  3. KyBucks10

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    Hey guys, I appreciate all of the feedback. I talked to my brother and nephew last night and gave them all of the great advice you guys gave me. I think he is going to go with the 7mm-08. I will be sure to post back (hopefully with some pics of the happy little hunter with his new gun) and let yall know what the outcome is.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. reivertom

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    Shoot a deer in the boiler room with either round with a good bullet choice, and the deer won't know the difference as he piles up.
     
  5. scsims

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    I hunted with a .243 for years and so has my son. We have had no problem killing deer, but in general the blood trail was less and the deer were harder to track if they ran some. We use mainly .270, .308, and .338 now .243 stays in the safe during deer season.
     
  6. Clint

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    I got a 7MM-08 when I was looking for something smaller than my 30-06 after shoulder surgery.
    As has been stated it is a great all around gun. I use it as my nuisance critter gun and ground hogs literally disappear when hit right.

    One good thing about the round - when ammo sales get stupid you can still go to a Gun Show and find ammo at normal prices. I picked up two boxes of 168 gn at two different gun shows both for under $20 each when the "regular" calibers were going for $30 to $50.
     
  7. MetcalfecountyHunter

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    Opinions are like you no what,,,but in mine and I did say my opinion the 7mm08 is the BEST all around rifle made,less wind trajectory than a .270 and shoots flat and hard..type in 7mm08 in the wlykpedia on your pc and it will tell you all you need to know.. Says one thing that some people frown on..lol!!!! It will kill every species in north and south America with exceptions of 3 species they prefer you not to use it on...POLAR BEAR, GRIZZLY BEAR, AND THE KODIAK BEAR..I don't think we will see many of them around us.. As far as ammo goes wal mart has 140 gr core loct almost every trip,all pawn shops usually carrys hornaday from 139sst to 150 gr fed..Never have I had trouble finding ammo for it..I skiped all pages on this and went strate to the third page just to base my calling on the 7mm08..Alot may disagree,,,but that's why they make so many calibers,nothing at all wrong with the 243 neither I love it to,but prefer the 7mmo8 pushing around 2899 fps and hardly no wind drift..
     
  8. headoftheholler

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    The 7mm-08 will be a better choice for bigger game, both are excellent low recoil rounds.
    I'm building a 7mm Mauser (7x57/.275 Rigby) on a large action Mauser at the moment. The 7mm mauser and 7mm-08 are very similar cartridges but you can go to a 175g bullet in the 7x57 or stick with the 7mm-08's 140g due to case size.
     
  9. MetcalfecountyHunter

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    You are 100% correct the 7x57 is real close,you can just get a little better choice of grain with the 7x57...But the 7mm08 is one of the most underated rds around..It needs more ratings than what it has or had.
     
  10. bhayes420

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    Son started deer hunting at 12 with an NEF single shot in 243. At 15 I bought him a Ruger in 7mm-08. He has taken 15 deer with it and I even used it after shoulder surgery when my 30-06!was too much recoil for me. Recoil between his 243 and the 7mm-08 is negligible. In west Kentucky I haven't found much difference in ammo prices. Personally I'd take the 08 any day over the 243.
     
  11. WILD

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    the 7mm-08 also has more energy and knock down power than a 150gr 30-06.the 7mm is the most gravity friendly bullet made.one of the finest short action calibers made for a rifle,cant go wrong with the 7mm-08.
     
  12. trust me

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    You'll hafta go fetch a ballistics chart and prove that one to me.
     
  13. WILD

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    the web is user friendly,just look..i found its years ago when i bought one,down tons of research on the 7mm-08.
     
  14. WILD

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    <BR>the web is user friendly,just look..i found its years ago when i bought one,done tons of research on the 7mm-08.<BR>
     
  15. WILD

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    just check the hornady and remington ballistics and yep it still does,and flatter when comparing the 140-150 or the hornady 139-150.check it out.
     

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