I've hunted with a rem.700bdl .243 since the early 70's. I now have a ruger American .243 and also 7mm/08. Now I've semi retired the 700, use the ruger .243 for coyotes and woodchucks and the ruger 7mm/08 for deer. I've shot tons of deer with the Remington and more recently the ruger .243's. All used 100 gr Hornady bullets with imr 3031 powder. The coyote and woodchuck loads are with same powder and 85 gr hp's. I bought the 7mm/08 with idea that there may eventually be hogs to hunt here I Pa!!