Good 243 deer rifle?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sputnik1988, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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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.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Got any pics?:D
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Savage. But to tell you the truth, I don't think there is a BAD .243 deer rifle.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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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  6. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    That laminated stock is BEAUTIFUL, I'll have him look at them, I'll also mention Savage C3, thanks.
     
  7. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    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.
     
  8. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    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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  9. nchunt101

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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.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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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.
     
  11. bigjim

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  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    thank you Sputnik. i like how it looks too. i got one in nutmeg from Boyd's for my Savage M93r17. for the price of the Boyd's stocks, the are fantastic stocks.

    at some time in the near future, i plan on rebarreling my 7mm-08 in a 24-26" heavy stainless stell barrel in the same caliber. the laminated stock should be much easier to reprofile for the larger barrel than the synthetic stock.

    whatever rifle you decide on, check out Boyd's Gun Stocks, as they make stocks for lots of different rifles and shotguns.
     
  13. me762

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    Post a pic of it. I have the same exact rifle caliber and all and I would like to see is the stock is worth the $$
     
  14. me762

    me762 New Member

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    Oh you did already! LOL looks great! I might need to get one
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it cost about $110 with shipping. they have them in a nutmeg color also.
     
  16. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Remington model 7. Light, short, ergo, and accurate.
     
  17. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    HA!

    Believe it or not, thats what he bought, found it at a pawn shop this morning. Haven't seen it yet but he was bragging on it.
     
  18. TheHunter100

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    If he wantsreliability and wants wood I would suggest a 30-30 you can find it for the same price range. And its known for killing the most deer.
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the Model 7 is just a shorter version of the M700 action. i think he made a good choice and will serve him fine for many years.
     
  20. Tenderribbs

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    Sako is my 243 of choice . I killed this one last year with it.

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