Fire a 120-grain in the 7mm-08 at 3100 fps to get 17.5 f-p at 12.7 fps. The .243 Winchester is simply the .308 Winchester necked down to hold .243″ diameter bullets. RE: Recoil .223 VS .243 i had the same delema years back,wanted a 223 for predators but realised this cartridge wasn't good for deer.went with the 243 and love it.its fun to shoot(all day if need be)and there realy is no recoil to speak of.i can watch the bullet hit its intended target thru the scope every time,if the 243 had major recoil this wouldn't be possible. BTHP T2 TAP 5.56 NATO. Added powder increases velocity and energy, which translates to what the Internet calls “knock-down power” (more on that later). Some prefer higher caliber weapons, while some prefer smaller ones, with less recoil and better aim. Federal lists only two .223 Rem. Then of course there’s the long range rock star competitive round 6.5 Creedmoor against the .223/5.56 combat load issue of the military and well known among recreational shooters. 22-250 vs 223 vs 204 Ruger vs 220 Swift: Ammunition Selection has slightly less range in terms of bullet weights (40 grain to 75 grain), but it covers basically the same ground. The prices on Federal’s website don’t appear to have risen, but elsewhere I’ve seen .223 Rem. That’s still not a heck of a lot to start with and it helps make this round a great recoil-sensitive, range-limited rifle round. Best yet is to start them with a .223, then get them a 7-08. First off, debate of this topic can get fairly heated, but for safety’s sake it is wise to shoot only .223 rounds out of a .223 barrel and likewise with the 5.56. +1 223 has no recoil I may be wrong because only 243 I've ever fired was loud as hell and booted like hell bit it was a … Of the cartridges designed to work in standard AR15 rifles the 6.5 Grendel or some variant of the 6.8's are the only ones that really improve on 223 ballistics. I've fired both and the 22-250 typically has more recoil because I shoot faster loads in it. Since this year is such an anomaly (I hope), I’m going to give the overall nod in this category to the .223 Rem. Much louder than a 223. Recoil is the downfall of many shooters, men as well as women, adults as well as kids, heavyweights as well as lightweights. So the .223 and .243 are very different cartridges. Whitetail Deer Cartridge Shoot-Out: .30-30 Win. can reach out even further. With dozens of countries relying on the .223/5.56 to arm their infantry, there’s usually plenty of it to go around. Introduced only two years apart, the .223 Remington and the .243 Winchester couldn’t have come from more different neighborhoods of the firearms world. I'm looking for a caliber that can reach out to 500 yards when needed and touch a varmint. Recoil. True “knock-down power” depends on your bullet’s construction and minimum velocity, your cartridge, and your barrel length. A 55-grain or 75-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip or Hornady V-Max bullet would do great work against varmints while a 100-grain Sierra Game King could take down any whitetail in North America. Federal’s 55-grain Trophy Cooper, for example, has a minimum velocity for full expansion of only 1,800 fps. As to just target shooting,both are equally accurate at that range but .243 costs more to shoot. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. Maximum effective range is another way to compare one caliber to another. Still I think the 7-08 is a better overall round for big game hunting, and recoil isn't that much more than the .243. load will reliably kill a deer out to 500 yards. For this reason, we are going to spend a little time discussing it in the context of the 6.5 Creedmoor vs .243. As you can see, there is a considerable difference between the .270 and the others. True .223 Remington and .243 Winchester ballistics information can vary widely from the displayed information, and it is important to understand that the particular characteristics of a given round can make a substantive difference in its true performance. Oct 19, 2020 #13 But this is not a normal year. Bolt action rifles, lever action, pump action, self loading rifles and other miscellaneous longarms. If you're looking for a cheap shooting round to acclimate you to shooting, the .223 is cheap, and the .22LR is cheaper yet. Shot placement has to be surgically precise with a 223 on deer sized game and a 243 with good bullets is a lot more forgiving. bullet weight, rifle weight, barrel length, barrel twist, barrel wear, angle of stock, etc.) what i find funny is a 22 cal. As illustrated in the chart, .223 Remington rounds - on average - achieve a velocity of about 3150 feet per second (fps) while .243 Winchester rounds travel at a velocity of 3180 fps. Joined: Mar 2008. The .223 Rem. Back to top #3 Glen Glen. The 243 has alittle more recoil than the 22-250 but the best one to use would be a 223 or a 17cal of some kind less you are going for the really long shots then go with a 243 or 22-250. Still, recoil can be daunting for newcomers to the sport and might play a role in the decision-making process. The 350 gets over 23% more penetration than .243 Win and 60% more than .223 Rem. 223 and use a Barnes for the deer. But your past doesn’t define you, and it doesn’t define these calibers either. 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