Originally Posted by locutus
.243 ammo is considerably more expensive than .223 or even .308.
The .243 is a wonderful hunting cartridge. But for a new shooter trying to learn basics, by doing a lot of shooting, it is expensive.
I don't really agree. Is it a little more expensive than .308? Yup. And take .223 off the table altogether -- it doesn't fit the bill. .243 is comparatively VERY affordable vs. most centerfire rounds because it is one of the most popular cartridges and it's BASED on those inexpensive .308's.
You might try shopping around a little more...
Just one check at sponsor Brownells showed:
The top three sellers in .308* went from $16.99 to $27.99 and in .243 from $17.29 to $22.39.
The least expensive .308 was $10.16 (for unreloadable zinc-plated steel-cased Russian) and the .243 was $16.99 (for Winchester).
*I wonder if any of them are that popular .308 varmint round? LOL