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which caliber for couse?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nastynatesfish, Jul 17, 2010.

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  1. nastynatesfish

    nastynatesfish Member

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    Just checked my azgfd results and I out drawn again this year for deer. Only hitch is instead of shooting at a 250+ pound muley its at a 100- couse deer I have a 243 and a 22-250 to use and have been offered a 25-06. What would be the better caliber bullet weight choice for these desert rats? I'm looking at a shot from 100-500yds. Any opinion?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    The .243 with an accurate 90 - 100 grain hunting bullet should do just perfectly fine.

    A Coues deer will be harder to hit then to kill.
    People tend to over-estimate the range and shoot over them because they are so small.

    rc
     
  3. mjyeagle

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    congats on your tag all of the will do great i would use the rifle that fits you the best better start shooting good luck smack a dandy
     
  4. bpl

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    I'd think either 243 or 25-06 would work fine. I'd save the 22-250 for the coyotes.
     
  5. Poper

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    According to the AZ G&F regulations you can take big game in AZ with "centerfire rifle". (AZ 17-301 through AZ 17-309) Pert this definition, it literally says you can use a .17 Remington if you want to. Personally, anybody that would hunt big game with anything less than .243 caliber is on the ragged edge of hunter ethics. JMHO, of course. An ethical hunter will always use a caliber sufficient for a clean kill on the animal he is hunting.

    A long time AZ resident, I too, have hunted Coues Deer in years past. It is few Coues Deer that will tip the scale at 100 lbs. on the hoof and far fewer that will be near 100 lbs after field dressing. I have always found the .243 Win. to be an excellent round for these little guys. A 95 grain bullet is plenty of mass and the .243 is a very accurate, very flat shooter to 250 yards.
    Most Coues Deer will be seen at less than 150 yards, however, if you have an area that you can sit and glass with an excellent field of view, it is possible you might see one out to 400 yards. The hardest part with these tiny deer is being able to see the antlers at any distance.

    On a side note, I once helped a friend butcher a nice 6x6 bull elk. We found a flattened and partially embedded .22 caliber bullet on one of the neck vertebrae from a previous season. Makes me wonder what kind of pain and for how long the animal suffered. :(

    Poper
     
  6. nastynatesfish

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    my thoughts exactly

    I'm thinking the 90gr ttsx in the 243 but was wondering if a 105 amax would get enough penetration on the couse to do the deed effeciently?
    Can't wait for october
     
  7. H&Hhunter

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    A .234 is a decent coues deer round. As is anything that makes a decent pronghorn caliber. The primary equipment for coues deer is good optics. A spotting scope decent binos and a some good glass on the rifle.
     
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