Good .243?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sctimber97, May 12, 2013.

  1. sctimber97

    sctimber97 New Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a .243 but wasn't real sure on who makes a good one. I will be using it at ranges from 100-300 for yotes, varmints and maybe for deer. But primarily for varmint. Any advice will a great help! Thanks!
     
  2. tomgodd

    tomgodd Active Member

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    I bought my son a Remington model700 youth in 243 a few years ago. He shoots good with it. The scope is cheap but it came with it.

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    You can buy it I'm a full size which has a longer stock and barrel. The fit and finish is good. Remmy gets bashed alot. I see no problems with it.
     

  3. cottontop

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    How much did you want to spend?
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  4. DavidB

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    A tikka t3 ultra light. It's my go to gun for hunting. Great quality and accuracy
     
  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    Any of the big name manufacturers make a good quality accurate rifle, look at them all with all their features and pick the one you like in the price range you are looking for. My choices would go in this order Remington 700 or one of Savage's offerings, then Ruger then Marlin, depending on what I want to spend. The Winchesters are very good but gonna cost more than the lower end models of the other manufacturers. I wouldn't even consider any of the value bolt actions but that is just my opinion, if I am going to fork over cash for a rifle I want a nice looking, sturdy, accurate piece that I will pass on to my kids and they don't cost that much more. The Marlin is affordable and still good quality, and many like the Savage Axis performance but it is not for me. One I wouldn't touch with a 10ft pole is the Mossberg rifle, I have read mixed reviews, some say it is accurate enough to hunt with and functions ok, but to me that is not good enough, though I don't know if they even have a 243 in that line.
     
  6. simpkinst

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    I had very poor results out of a Remington 700 BDL I recently purchased. I think big green has some issues these days. I would not hesitate to purchase a used Remington, as long as it was made prior to 2006.

    I would also put the Thompson Center Icon or Venture above the Savage, Marlin, or Ruger.

    I have no idea why the T/C rifles don't get the love as others do here. The are very fine rifles. I don't know of any that owned one that has had any regrets or wouldn't hesitate to purchase another.
     
  7. blucoondawg

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    I am not going to buy into the whole "Remington has gone garbage" internet talk until I or someone I know personally has an issue, so far we haven't, so I still put them on top of my list with Savage an equal to close second. I have nothing against TC I have an Encore, no bolt action rifles from them yet. I'd assume not much is mentioned from them simply because they aren't as popular, and they can be pricey, I like the Encore but I think it is overpriced for what it is.
     
  8. Salvo

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    A fellow I met here in West Texas had the bolt handle come off of his Remington.

    That's pretty radical. - I could only recommend that he send it back to Remington, I wouldn't touch one of those things with a ten-foot pole.
     
  9. simpkinst

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    I paid $500 for the venture new out the door. Not pricey at all. The Icon is more than that.

    And the 700BDL would not group better than six inches at 100 yards, even with a trigger job, bedded stock, and hand loads. I had to send it back to the factory twice to repair the mag release.

    I am personally finished with Remington. The T/C is superior in every way and cost $200 less than the Remington. $600 If you include all the extra I spent trying to get that POS to shoot.
     
  10. hockeyjr1

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    I've had a tc venture, just sold it.. Did I like it? No i loved it.. Thing was sooooooo accurate. So u may ask y did I sell? To get the tc dimension.. So worth the extra money. Look it up.

    I got it in 30-06 but there are 10 different calibers you can get and interchange new ones depending on the family of parts.. It cost me 604.99 at my LGS. Here's a pic of both the rifle and my first range trip with crappy ammo and I rushed myself sighting in.

    I never knew about tc till I saw a commercial for them.. So happy I did!!
     

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  11. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I have been considering the Dimension, I just have to justify buying another bolt gun then get used to that fugly stock
     
  12. simpkinst

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    You seem to be a fan of Savage....that is one fugly rifle. What's one more?
     
  13. hockeyjr1

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    That fugly stock is actually really comfortable.. Just squeeze your face in and it's perfect for my med hight rings. This one feels softer then my old venture. Think it's all in the recoil pad, so soft. Ohh and I don't have a actual weight for you but the dimension is significantly lighter than the venture.. This is comparing a 3 year old venture tho so the new ones might be just as light to. Personally I think the gun just looks mean, cool and out of the ordinary. Here's a link I found with a real good breakdown of everything to know about the gun including a true tested range report with 308 and 223.

    http://www.gunsumerreports.com/review_thompson_center_dimension_p1.php
     
  14. hockeyjr1

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    Oh and since you want the 243 win, that is in the be family so u can shoot .22-250 Rem*, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win also by using the same bolt and mag housing. Just need a new barrel.. I've seen them go for 150-200 bucks and they come with the mag for that caliber you need.
     
  15. Salvo

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    Here's a .243 from the Savage custom shop that was made for "ranges from 100-300 for yotes, varmints and maybe for deer."

    24 inch "magnum weight" barrel, and one of Savage's thumb-hole stocks. The accutrigger is adjusted for 1.5 pounds.

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    Five shots at 100 yards.

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    Load I found works best:

    70 grn Nosler ballistic tip
    47 grains H4350
    3450 fps from the 24" barrel
    Federal Brass, Winchester WLR primers

    Fugly? - I don't think so.

    - But that's just me.

    It weighs ten pounds with the Nikon Monarch 4-16x42 side-focus BDC scope, so it would be a poor choice as a mountain rifle, or for shooting without a bipod or rest.

    Shooting it while up on your hind legs is a real challenge, to say the least!

    If you are laying down, in a stand, or on the bench though, it is a real pleasure to shoot.
     
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  16. Apex-Predator

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    The worst of my Savages shoots 1/2" with RL19 and 150gr Accutips, the best shoots one ragged hole at 100 with 4350 and 130gr SGKs, none of them are fancy models just your run of the mill Tupperware stocked 110 and model 11. They are tough to beat, only my Tikka is more accurate day in day out with a wide variety of loads. Savages are accurate but bullet picky, the darn Tikka shoots everything remarkably well; soft points, poly tips, hollow points, Sierras, Hornadys, Speers......whatever you want to feed her and with just about any powder you care to use. Finding what Savages like is a process of trial and error, though all of mine thus far have liked SGKs.
     
  17. blucoondawg

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    The Savage looks like a normal rifle to me, that TC is strange looking, not to say it isn't comfortable or whatever, and I would give it a shot if I were in the market for one, but I also would have to see some proof it will out shoot the Savage or other options I may find available, the interchangeable rifle isn't a huge selling point to me, I already have an Encore and the only barrel I have is the 50 cal muzzleloader it came with.
     
  18. Gatoragn

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    Browning X Bolt gets my vote.
     
  19. Apex-Predator

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    Browning is a tricky one, I have a new A-Bolt II that has been absolutely the most finicky rifle I have ever shot, makes the Savages look super easy, but here is the kicker it is not so much bullet picky as it is powder picky, second weirdest darn thing I have ever seen reloading, absolutely horrible results with all the common 7mm-08 powders but after several months of trying I stumbled into H380 (A 22-250 powder) and all the sudden everything shot well, 120gr-160gr they all loved it, I know that is not a trait of the 7mm-08 which is highly prized for working well with all medium burn rate powders, you can only chalk that up to the rifle. Love the cloverleafs it gives me now but for a while there I was ready to chunk it out the window because all factory ammo shot like $#!^ with 6-8" groups, making it the second worst rifle I have ever shot with factory fodder.