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Old 12-14-2011, 9:27 PM
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Default 243 vs. 7mm-08

Okay so I'm pretty well decided on a Tikka T3 stainless Hunter. Just can't choose between the 243 or the 7m-08. I'd like to hear some opinions and experiences. Not really interested in any other calibers as I have a Savage 30-06 already. Thanks guys.
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Old 12-14-2011, 9:46 PM
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Depends on what you plan to hunt with it. Both have mild recoil and are very accurate, the 243 has a wider range of bullet weights to choose from but with a factory twist barrel you are limited to 100gr bullets. The 7mm-08 shoots well with 120gr-140gr bullets.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:03 PM
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What will you be using it for? Since both the 7-08 and 243 are necked down from the .308, there is also the .260 Rem which has the same .308 parent case and falls in between the 2 you mentioned. All 3 are great for Deer.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:19 PM
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do you reload? I believe there are more factory ammo options for .243. I love mine for anything from squirrel (lol) to CA deer.
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I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 and it is great. If you want to shoot it let me know. I also have one in 6.5X55 but it is in Petaluma with my daughter now. IF you are planning to hut deer etc then the 7mm-08 is much better. You do not need a great number of different bullet weights. The 120gr Nosler BT or the 140gr Nosler PAR bullets will do well for everything. My handloads print to the same point of aim in my Tikka. I have even shot squirrels with my 7mm-08 but it really is too big for alot of that shooting.

If you are after yotes and other varmits/preditors then the 243 would probably be a better choice.

Either one in a Tikks will be a tack driver.

The 243 is often suggested as a youth or beginner cartridge which is so wrong as it is really an experts cartridge for big game. It is best suited for someone who will pass on an less than ideal shot. It is also better suited for open spaces so you can watch the animal for a longer distance when it takes off after being shot. I have seen this happen too many times so any of you who want to flame just keep it to yourself because this is MY opinion due to expierence.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:28 PM
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like others have said what are you using it for? Pretty much the 7mm-08 = .270 if that helps with your searches.
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I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 and it is great. If you want to shoot it let me know. I also have one in 6.5X55 but it is in Petaluma with my daughter now. IF you are planning to hut deer etc then the 7mm-08 is much better. You do not need a great number of different bullet weights. The 120gr Nosler BT or the 140gr Nosler PAR bullets will do well for everything. My handloads print to the same point of aim in my Tikka. I have even shot squirrels with my 7mm-08 but it really is too big for alot of that shooting.

If you are after yotes and other varmits/preditors then the 243 would probably be a better choice.

Either one in a Tikks will be a tack driver.

The 243 is often suggested as a youth or beginner cartridge which is so wrong as it is really an experts cartridge for big game. It is best suited for someone who will pass on an less than ideal shot. It is also better suited for open spaces so you can watch the animal for a longer distance when it takes off after being shot. I have seen this happen too many times so any of you who want to flame just keep it to yourself because this is MY opinion due to expierence.
I have honestly yet to see a deer run after a .243 shot. But then again Me and the people that I hang around with know our guns. All the ones I have witnessed so far have dropped where they stood. Its all about knowing your gun. I have however seen deer run after a .308, .30-06, and .270 shot. its all about placement. they are both great cartridges and would work very well in the hands of a good shooter. not wanting to flame just adding on. Cause i am sure there have been plenty that have ran off after being shot with a .243.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:56 PM
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Well i know both calibers are able to take game up to elk size and i would step up to a 30-06 or 30-30 to go bigger then that. The reason i'm going with one of these two is for a lighter option that i can get more proficient with. Mostly though it will be a deer rifle.
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My dad has been using .243 Just about hes entire life. Hes taken out Varmit, Deer, Cayo, Bear, Pig and Mountain Lion. We have just about every standard caliber from 22 to 8mm and that man just won't let go of hes .243.

To be honest the few times I have shot it, I have been very impressed with speed and accuracy. I am not into ballastics math and science but field experience has tought me many things.

When I asked my dad why that is his favorite caliber, he told me that every animal he has shot has dropped on the spot and it doesn't damage the meat as much. It's very clean when it comes to tissue and muscle damage.
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the 243 can shoot up to 105 grain bullets maybe even 107? I am in the market for one after a 30 absence,.I will use 55 grainers for Yotes and 90-100 grainers for deer. terrific round.
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I believe a Tikka .243 comes stock with a 10 twist barrel (I may be wrong). But, I've been told and read, with a 10 twist in this caliber, bullets above 90 grains begin to loose stability. I have a Sako .243 (pretty much the same barrel) which I'm about to load a run of 100 grainers in. So I'll see if this is true. If the Tikka has an 8 twist, it'll definitly stabilize the heavier bullets.
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This is a Tikka T3 Lite in .243 & a 200 lb Boar laying right where he was hit.

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I have the Tikka T3 lite in 7mm-08 and I love it, I am realoading and getting serious about it now and realize the full potential of the 7mm-08. The little 7 can deliver more downrange punch with a heavier bullet and buck the wind a little better. Easy recoil, and very nice light to carry rifle. One thing about my rifle, is I can take any 140 gr off the shelf ammo and they all have about the same point of impact out to 300 yards.---the Tikka 7-08 can shoot the heavier bullets, I am working on a load for the 162 gr AMAX, if all goes well this should be a 500 yard set up. JBM has it delivering 1100 lbs at 760 yards! I don't think a .243 could get you 1100 lbs past 300 yards. If you are going to shoot deer get the 7-08.
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243 has edge in accuracy and ammo easier to find. 7-08 is about the opposite but if you roll ur own then both are good choices.
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You have a 30.06, get a 243. The 7-08 won't do anything the 30.06 won't do. The 243 will let you shoot lighter loads for varmints.
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.243 is a bad *** round! Good for deer, yotes (arguably the best caliber for them) and has minimal recoil. 30-06 would be my first choice, but since you have one, get a .243!
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Either caliber will put you in a rifle that is light weight and has mild recoil. The question is do you reload? .243 Win. has more ammo offerings, and 7mm-08 usually only offers premium ammo. There is always Prvi ammo that is low cost. I have shot my sporterized mexican mauser for many years and have used bullets from 120grs. to 162grs. Very accurate with for me with Wincherster 760 powder and 162 gr Hornady spbt bullets. But you having a 30-06 already, it just might be easier to use .243 Winchester.

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You have a 30.06, get a 243. The 7-08 won't do anything the 30.06 won't do. The 243 will let you shoot lighter loads for varmints.
agreed, there is not enough of a difference to warrant a purchase IMO. I know you said not too but id look at the 270 because its easier to find ammo and usually cheaper, the two calibers are pretty much identical also.
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