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Old 05-05-2013, 01:58 AM   #1
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I have a friend looking for a fun target gun he likes the idea of how fast the 22-250 shoots but I happend to look at the 243 and it seems impressive plus there's lots of affordable 243s rite now.

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I realize this does not answer your question, but if he's just looking for a fun target gun, why not consider something like the Ruger 77/22, which would be a lot cheaper to shoot?

If the two, if I were only shooting targets or small critters, otherwise known as varmints, I would choose the 22-250, but the .243 is a more all-around caliber.

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There is a 77/22 Magnum. The .22 magnum was designed to be a relatively inexpensive-shooting, easy, varmint gun six decades ago... It is known as a 125-yard gun though.

txpossum's answer is decent advice.

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I have a friend looking for a fun target gun he likes the idea of how fast the 22-250 shoots but I happend to look at the 243 and it seems impressive plus there's lots of affordable 243s rite now.
might i suggest the Marlin XS7VH in 22-250 or 223? very accurate, very well made and decently priced.

now as much as i like Rugers and have few, the Rugers are expensive. the 77/22 is going to run about $900-1000 MSRP. the Marlin has a MSRP of about $390. leaves a lot more for higher quality optics.

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might i suggest the Marlin XS7VH in 22-250 or 223? very accurate, very well made and decently priced.

now as much as i like Rugers and have few, the Rugers are expensive. the 77/22 is going to run about $900-1000 MSRP. the Marlin has a MSRP of about $390. leaves a lot more for higher quality optics.

just a suggestion.
Yea i like the marlins too. He dosnt want a 22mag he already has a 22lr he wants a bigger step. I suppose 223 is another option i was only thinking 243 because he could possibly hunt with it if he decided to.
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Yea i like the marlins too. He dosnt want a 22mag he already has a 22lr he wants a bigger step. I suppose 223 is another option i was only thinking 243 because he could possibly hunt with it if he decided to.
Marlin has the X7 series in 243 as well.
the XS7 is the short action in 243, 7mm-08 and 308.
the XL7 is the long action in 25-06, 270 and 30-06.
the XS7VH is the heavy varmint barrel in 22-250, 223 and 308.

the X7C is the camo stock version.
the X7S is the stainless steel action and barrel verson.
the X7Y is the youth version.
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I was having a similar toss up when I got my rifle. I was wanting something small that happened to be light on both my wallet and recoil. For obvious reasons I was thinking the .223 would fit the bill perfectly, but then I got to thinking.

I've never hunted anything at this point so I had no idea if I ever would. After close to two months of thinking it over, I ended up with a .243. My reasoning? If I decided to hunt, I'd be able to take deer sized game since its the smallest legal round allowed in Canada for deer and up.

The second reason is that it isn't an overly expensive caliber to shoot, maybe a dollar or so a shot. This meant that I'd still be able to shoot it on a semi-regular basis. There was also the recoils factor of it too. Even with 100gr pills it doesn't knock your socks off nor make you wish you went smaller.

Now if you're buddy reloads, like I've started doing, he can start loading lighter bullets. I've found that even an 87gr pill cuts the recoil down a good bit. If he really wants to cut the recoil down, they make 55grainer that he could use.

If he's like most shooters I know, including myself, he'll want to see how far out he can touch something and still maintain accuracy. A .22-250 is going to be effect a lot more then a .243 would be, it also doesn't come in anything heavier then I believe a 60ish grain bullet.

All in all, the .243 seems like the safest bet to me. Sure you can get 40 rounds of .22-250 for the cost of 20 .243 rounds, but can you hunt deer sized game with it?

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All in all, the .243 seems like the safest bet to me. Sure you can get 40 rounds of .22-250 for the cost of 20 .243 rounds, but can you hunt deer sized game with it?
The question of can you hunt deer with a 22 cal varies by state here, in my state we can hunt deer with them
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I like both rounds. I have both. They both have their strong and weak points. For longer range shots on varmints the 22-250 is hard to beat. The 243 has just a bit more thump when it hits. Here in co that's about the smallest thing you can hunt deer with. So here that's an advantage. If I had to chose just one I would go with the 243 it's about as good a round as ever made for light skinned game those that live above or below ground. Reloading is easy for it. Even in this mess of a supply situation I can get bullets for it. Very forgiving on powder choice and primer choice. Light recoil great round!!

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I was in a similar predicament when I was looking into a varmint rifle, .22-250 or .243, I went with the .243 you can get hornaday superformance varmint loads and shoot the same trajectory with a .243 that you would get out of a .22-250. And plus you can still buy 100gr rounds and go out for white tail

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