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Silvertip 44 12-05-2012 01:06 AM

Decision time for a .243
I have been procrastinating for some time now about a .243 rifle for deer hunting here in Georgia. I hunted this season with my M700 5R in .308 and the same in .300WM and they are both in the range of 15+ pounds with their NF scopes. They are just simply too heavy for a 69 year old to be holding while sitting in a stand. I also hunted a bit with one of my M1As but it too is a bit on the heavy side.
My thoughts have turned toward a light weight .243 for next season. I have surfed through the web pages of manufacturers and am still a bit dumbfounded as which ones to really take a serious look at. I would like something more on the economical than the 5Rs but still plan to top it with a very nice scope. I don't want to break the bank doing it.
I would certainly appreciate some strong advice on finding a good quality light weight rifle.

Marlinman 12-05-2012 01:11 AM

Marlin x7 has several varients for $350 and less, savage has several varients, Remington 700 is good, howa is also good. Personally id go w a marlin or savage. Both are cheap guns made of great quality. I prefer marlins but that's just me.

25-5 12-05-2012 01:20 AM

I have a Ruger M77 International in .243. 18" barrel. Use it to kill deer in TN woods. 3x9 Leupold glass. White tails of TN, not mule deer in Wyoming.

John_Deer 12-05-2012 01:53 AM

I have a BAR 30/06 that meets your weight requirements but they are out of your price range. You really don't have to drop to a .243 to find a light rifle. I can see why you want a 243. I am having problems dealing with recoil and I am not 69. I am getting long in the tooth and have health problems. I would look at a savage 110. There is really nothing wrong with the axis. It just lacks the adjustable trigger. I have shot an X7 quite a bit but it was chambered in 22 wmr. I was really impressed with the marlin and it has an adjustable trigger. The marlins are 7lb rifles before you add a scope. The only doubt about I have about the marlin is I am not sure how the micro groove barrel will handle larger bullets.

Marlinman 12-05-2012 02:07 AM

Mine shoots sub moa everytime, everyone of em

Silvertip 44 12-05-2012 07:42 PM

Marlin, I tend to agree, I will look closely at the X7 soon. I have heard and read a lot of good comments about it. I think it may go well with a NF compact NXS 1X4 for this woodsy short range hunting.
Thanks for the replies.

JTJ 12-05-2012 09:19 PM

Savage has one of the lightest rifles out there. The 11 light weight hunter at 5.5 lbs. However it has an MSRP of $925. On the other end of the price scale is the Ruger American at 6.25 lbs. I see them in the stores for $400 but have seen them on line as low as $310. The Ruger American has been getting some good reviews.

cottontop 12-05-2012 10:10 PM

Matlin 7x. You won't be disappointed.

dells04 12-05-2012 11:18 PM

I really like the Ruger m77 hawkeye compact.

16.5 inch barrel, 35.5 inch overall length, six pounds, not real cheap not real spendy,

DavidB 12-05-2012 11:44 PM

I shoot a Tikka T3 lite in .243. I think it cost me about $550 4 years ago. Very lite weight, affordable and extremely accurate.

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