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Old 08-21-2012, 05:26 AM   #1
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I'm sure that this has been beaten to death, but the search feature yielded no results.

A friend of mine wants a good 243 bolt gun for deer, he's says he doesn't need 'all the bells and whistles' and won't take a shot over 150 yrds, he just wants quality.

He also prefers a wood stock but will settle for synthetic and wants to keep it at around $400 with a decent scope, suggestions?

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Old 08-21-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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I'm sure that this has been beaten to death, but the search feature yielded no results.

A friend of mine wants a good 243 bolt gun for deer, he's says he doesn't need 'all the bells and whistles' and won't take a shot over 150 yrds, he just wants quality.

He also prefers a wood stock but will settle for synthetic and wants to keep it at around $400 with a decent scope, suggestions?

Thanks.
look into the Marlin XS7 in 243. very nice, well built rifle. pillar bedded stock, adjustable trigger, and very accurate. very decently priced. if he wants a wood stock, Boyd's Gun Stocks carries the laminated and walnut for them at a very decent price. i recently restocked my XS7 in 7mm08 with the grey laminated stock. looks real nice.
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look into the Marlin XS7 in 243. very nice, well built rifle. pillar bedded stock, adjustable trigger, and very accurate. very decently priced. if he wants a wood stock, Boyd's Gun Stocks carries the laminated and walnut for them at a very decent price. i recently restocked my XS7 in 7mm08 with the grey laminated stock. looks real nice.
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Savage. But to tell you the truth, I don't think there is a BAD .243 deer rifle.

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why yes i do! the first one is the XS7 in 7mm-08 with a Boyd's grey laminated stock. the second one is a XL7 in 25-06, with the factory camo synthetic stock.
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why yes i do! the first one is the XS7 in 7mm-08 with a Boyd's grey laminated stock. the second one is a XL7 in 25-06, with the factory camo synthetic stock.
That laminated stock is BEAUTIFUL, I'll have him look at them, I'll also mention Savage C3, thanks.
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I'm sure that this has been beaten to death, but the search feature yielded no results.

A friend of mine wants a good 243 bolt gun for deer, he's says he doesn't need 'all the bells and whistles' and won't take a shot over 150 yrds, he just wants quality.

He also prefers a wood stock but will settle for synthetic and wants to keep it at around $400 with a decent scope, suggestions?

Thanks.
For 400 your cuttin it close. I have a mossberg 100 in -06 and does very well at 100 yards. Its 300$ with a scope. Get new rings and a new scope, the factory ones are ok. Put a nikon or a leopuld on there and you're good to go.
If you want a "better" brand name, the ruger all american is an excellent gun for the money, you can find used remmington 700's for 300-450 the marlin x7 is also an excellent gun and all the guns listed in my post and above would suite you just fine.
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The .243 is plenty adequate for deer. In fact, a while back, there was a post of a video of a young girl that dropped an elk in its tracks with one shot from a .243 at 688 yards. Most of the guys here dismissed it as being a fluke, a tricked out rifle, no trees or brush in the way, no wind, etc. Whether these factors have any merit or not, the fact remains that the girl killed the elk w/ one shot from a .243 at a very long distance. Of course this practice cannot be recommended as a general practice, but it does demonstrate the capabilities of the round. Yes, it is a good choice for deer and the Marlin is a good choice for a rifle.
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I would go with a Savage. I have an older model 110 (without accutrigger) that I love and bought used for $175. I replaced the trigger but that was really not necessary. It does have a synthetic stock but for that price your buddy can put acceptable glass on it and stay in the budget area.

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NC has a good suggestion. A used rifle. Stay away from Remington 710..770's, Single shot Rossi's. If it has a plastic trigger guard and/or and plastic parts on the bolt or bottom (called bottom metal for a reason) walk away. This time of year is when shops start asking for more $$, the closer hunting season gets, the less they will work w/ you. If he is only going to buy it as a meat getter, there may be better caliber options. He may just walk into a shop and they have a nice 7-08 or 6.5x55 that would be great options for short money. I bought a Small ring 1962 Husqvarna '98 (1600) in 6.5x55 a few years ago for $290.00. Not a scratch on it. A set of bases, Rings, and a simple 4x32 scope and it is a 300 yard killer. Light, fast to acquire target, and very accurate. BTW, I also have an older 110 in 7mmRem Mag. Very accurate.

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