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Old February 11, 2013, 11:01 AM   #39
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I could be wrong on this and I agree that for someone who is a decent shot and knows how to control their breathing and contain the "buck fever" .243 is all the gun needed. Where I believe the 7mm round (.284) would shine is with the new hunter who gets excited and doesn't make the perfect shot. The larger round would seemingly to my way of thinking not only have more retained energy and be more likely to put the deer down if the shot wasn't properly placed but, would also create a larger wound channel creating a better blood trail if you did have to trail it up after the shot. I have killed many deer and more with the .243 than any other cartridge but, I have also noticed that the exit wound wasn't much larger than the entrance wound and would have been rough to trail had they not dropped right there or within 15 to 20 feet of where they were shot.
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