Decision time for a .243

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Silvertip 44, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    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.
     

  3. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    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.
     
  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    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.
     
  5. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Mine shoots sub moa everytime, everyone of em
     
  6. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. cottontop

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    Matlin 7x. You won't be disappointed.
    cottontop
     
  9. dells04

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    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,
     
  10. DavidB

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    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.
     
  11. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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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.

    My $0.02.
     
  12. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I, too, prefer the .308. But there's nothing wrong with the .243.
     
  13. thdrduck

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    The lowly little Handy rifle in .243 is a pretty nice little single shot tack driver for a fair price.
     
  14. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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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.
     
  15. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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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.
     
  16. magnumman

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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.