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    270 or 243

    Buying a new rifle for an antelope hunt but my also use it for Mulies and whitetail.

    Whats everyones opinion? 243, 270 or other?

    Thanks!

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    Both good calibers. Im kinda partial to the 270 Winchester and it is what I shoot most of the time but if I was buying a new gun I would get a 270WSM. What do you have now? You dont need a new gun for antelope. I killed an antelope last year with a lever action 30-30 Winchester model 1894 made in 1896 with 1 shot!

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    Both you mention are good. Here are some more to consider.

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    Checkout the Guns, Muzzleloaders, Ammo threads. There are lots of opinions and recommendations there.

    Myself...25-06 is my caliber of choice for all deer and below sized animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    Checkout the Guns, Muzzleloaders, Ammo threads. There are lots of opinions and recommendations there.

    Myself...25-06 is my caliber of choice for all deer and below sized animals.

    ***25-06 is a very underrated cartridge and I'll put my heavy barrel Ruger M77 up against any of the others for up through deer sized game just like you mentioned. It's a necked down 30-06 in case the OP isn't real familiar with it. I reload 117 grain Hornady BTSPs and they buck the wind out in Wyoming better than the .243, which I also use mostly for antelope on down through varmints with 100 grain Hornady BTSPs. The thing I like about the 25-06 is that it has plenty of poop way out there, but the recoil is such that I could shoot it all day off the bench. For bigger game than deer I move up to several 30-06s I have and all three of them are fed 150 grain Hornady BTSPs.

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    My wife has killed mule deer, whitetail, and pronghorn with her .243. You have to be confident in what you shoot. I've been using a 7mm-08 the last few years and really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06 View Post
    ***25-06 is a very underrated cartridge and I'll put my heavy barrel Ruger M77 up against any of the others for up through deer sized game just like you mentioned. It's a necked down 30-06 in case the OP isn't real familiar with it. I reload 117 grain Hornady BTSPs and they buck the wind out in Wyoming better than the .243, which I also use mostly for antelope on down through varmints with 100 grain Hornady BTSPs. The thing I like about the 25-06 is that it has plenty of poop way out there, but the recoil is such that I could shoot it all day off the bench. For bigger game than deer I move up to several 30-06s I have and all three of them are fed 150 grain Hornady BTSPs.
    I have been shooting a 25-06 since the early 60's before it was a factory cartridge, called a .25 Neider then. Bought a new Ruger M77 in 25-06 in 1976 and have been shooting it since then. Like you, I really like the 117 BTs, but I shoot Sierra bullets. I have shot over 50 deer and probably that many antelope. Also use it on wild hogs too. Hard to beat it.
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    About anything will work, I've used a number of different rifles and calibers. What really matters is the guy behind the rifle.

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    Thanks everyone for their help. I don't see many people mentioning the 270...any reason why in particular? Keep in mind most of my rifle hunting has been done in KY where 200 yards is the max- that said im very confident behind a bolt gun.

    I have a 30-30 and know I don't NEED another gun but I cant let an excuse to buy a new rifle go to waste!!!

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    I personally shoot a 243 for antelope and whitetails. I've found an 80 gr TTSX load in front of Ramshot Hunter that shoots about 3415 fps. I've yet to catch a bullet from about a dozen animals I've taken with this combination over the last 3 years out to roughly 275 yards. Very reliable and I have 100% confidence in this load.

    I also have a 7mm-08 and would look at it as my secondary rifle for your use.
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