Originally Posted by Axxe55
the 243 is very capable round by all means and of the smaller calibers, very versatile hunting round for many different types of game or varmints. you did not make a bad choice in choosing to go with a 243 at all IMO.
.243 has its' place. The problem when selecting calibers is there are so many choices. I had a DCM in 5.56, but changed to a CZ527 in 5.56 that has a 1:9 twist, so I gained as I never really used the DCM for high powered shoots. Next I have a few 6.5x55, that will shoot from 87gr to 160gr. 100 to 140 shoot best though.
I load from 120 to 168gr for my .308, 100 to 160 (use to be 175) in 7mm Rem mag.
I have actually sold quite a few rifles for the simple reason they never were used.
If you find a caliber, or calibers and rifle combinations that work for what you want to do, you have done well.
Before the net, There was always more time spent at the range watching competitions, talking with older shooters, spending time looking for that perfect fit, it was actually better for the shooter in many ways. I respect Axxe on this forum, he is pretty level headed and has VG knowledge. But, what works for him, may not work for me or you either. That does not make him wrong, just may be a difference in styles, uses, etc. This goes for optics also. Everything you read needs to be taken w/ that in mind. Everyone will have an opinion. Rifle brand, style, caliber is very personal. What I listed above are my preferences, but others may look at them and question them, thats ok. Many people will dog someones choice. Those days are long past for me. We all have a common thread, that's the great part about our sport. Best of luck on your choices!
Axxe, I do love you brother!