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The consensus seems to be that the effective range for a .243 is 400 yards.
(I don't have one so I couldn't say for sure).
The bullet weight and composition and the powder charge propelling it are going to be a factor.
I wouldn't recommend it for anything more then varmints at that range.

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Farther than most of us could hit a target. A 30-30 would be lethal for a mile or more, but good luck hitting anything at that range. A 30-30 sighted in at 200 yards would have a point blank range of 250 yards, and the round would certainly be lethal at that distance. More commonly, we'd sight in at 100 yards and expect a point blank range of 150 yards or so.

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Q: What is the kill distance for a .243 rifle?
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