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Old 12-06-2012, 01:41 AM   #11
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Since a 243 is a necked down 308, I would find a lighter rifle in 308. If you could swing a Browning X Bolt in 308 or even 7mm08, you would not regret it.

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Since a 243 is a necked down 308, I would find a lighter rifle in 308. If you could swing a Browning X Bolt in 308 or even 7mm08, you would not regret it.

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I, too, prefer the .308. But there's nothing wrong with the .243.
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The lowly little Handy rifle in .243 is a pretty nice little single shot tack driver for a fair price.

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Thanks guys for all the replies. I will give the Marlin X7 a good looking over and maybe a Savage. If I don;t like them then I may add another M700 to the group right behind me.
I already have four .308s and a few .30-06, a .444 etc. but none of them are considered lightweights. I would like or maybe it's a want a light rifle in my group that would be easier to carry and hold in the stand.

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Unless you buy a "youth" rifle, I believe you will be disappointed with any 243's weight when compared to the same model in 308. When sit in a ladder or climbing stand, my rifle sits across my lap. If in a box stand, the rifle may be on my lap or propped in a corner. So I do not get fatigued from "holding" my rifles when sitting in a deer stand.

Now if you just want a 243, that is another matter.

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Browning Blr. You can get them in pretty much any caliber including 243. They are compact, light and accurate. My favorite hinting rifle by far.
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