Hunters and Riflemen, I need your help

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by BornToHunt, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    I'm stuck in a decision and can't make up my mind. Right now I have a tikka t3 270 and am really wanting a 243 again. I have a 22 mag and 270 and 30-30 for hunting but have no in between. I really want another 243 in tikka but I don't have a lot of money. I only have like 600$ to work with. I am thinking about selling my 270 and buying a tikka 243 and putting my money towards upgrading that to a mean killin machine(even though is comes stock like that) if I was to keep the 270 then I would have to buy the 243-$570 and them topp it off with a scope another 300$ and bullets then if I decided to customize them, that's twice the money I'd have to spend. I'm not sure what to do. Any advice would sure help???
     
  2. kalboy26

    kalboy26 New Member

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    I would wait until until you can afford what you want. I sold my .270 a long time ago and still kinda wish I had it. It's a great round. The tikka is phenomenal though, and I would stick with that as well. My next rifle will prob be another tikka. But I guess it depends on how bad you want a .243 if its worth it. Tough choice.
     

  3. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    That 270 is so loud and the gun is so light, it kicks harder than my -06. But that's not the problem. I can shoot it just fine it's just the size and loudness of where I'm hunting. A little much
     
  4. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    seems you have made up your mind already. selling a firearm is diffacult sometimes. but some are easier to let go than others.

    i would sell the rifle but keep any accessories you have like a sling or bi pod. keep the scope, and rings to put on your new .243.

    :D
     
  5. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    Yeah haha that's what I'm doin. Where's the best place to sell? Online? Wanna get the best deal as possible. It's brand new
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    IMHO the .243 is a loud, abusive caliber. There is something just penetrating and harsh about the .243. It may be smaller and lighter, but not any more pleasant to the ears
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are just stuck on the Tikka, you can get a Savage Axis XP in .243 Win. scoped, bore sighted & the works for around 500 bucks, hard to beat that & I will say I love my Savage rifles..............
     
  8. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    Had a savage 243. Very accurate. Bolt wasn't very smooth. I'm just blown away by the tikka. I live mine. Just not ecstatic about the caliber
     
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  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Patience, Grasshopper!:D:D

    Keep your 270, and build your .243 as time passes and money allows.

    Better yet get a 6MM Remington. Outperforms the .243 in all areas.:)
     
  10. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    That's exactly what my dad says haha. You must have a 6mm?
     
  11. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    Buying a Tikka in a short action chambering is not that good an idea. Tikka only makes a long action gun so they add spacers to make it work with the short action rounds and you save no weight which to me is one of the main attractions of the short action guns.
     
  12. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    No way I would trade a 270 to get a 243. Just my $0.02.

    Well maybe if the barrel on the 270 was bent or something. :p
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out the Marlin X7 series. for $600, you could get the rifle in 243 and still be able to put a decent scope on it and keep your 270. win, win situation!

    the Marlin X7 series are a super great value in rifles for the price. very accurate, pillar bedded stock, ajustable trigger, and a very good recoil pad. they are very well made and fit and finish are pretty good.

    they come in many very good calibers. the XS7 comes in 243, 7mm-08 and 308. the XL7 comes in 25-06, 270 and 30-06. the XS7VH comes in 22-250, 223, and 308. most places use to have them well under $400 for the rifles in the basic blued finish and black stocks. the stainless steel version and the camo version were a little higher.

    right now i own thre of thes Marlins, a XS7 in 7mm-08, a XL7C in 25-06 and a XS7VH in 308. i have been a Remingtom M700 owner for many years and own several, and i would put my Marlins up against my M700's anyday of the week. several members here own the X7's and i have recommended them to many, and no one i know of has been disappointed in them. i suggest you check them out.
     
  14. Nateroftheriver

    Nateroftheriver New Member

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    X2 on the marlin x7 series they are the cats butt, the fit an finish is great, the stock is worlds ahead of the crap they put on a savage axis, an the trigger is sweet. The price leaves room for a scope to.
     
  15. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    It always blows my mind when guy's talk about the weight savings of a short action vs long action. If you can actually fell the difference of a few ounces of weight,you must have super powers.
    IMO,It's all in your head!
     
  16. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    Very impressive. Pillar bedded stock is awesome. I'm definitely checking them out for sure. I really appreciate the help
     
  17. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    Thank you all for the help. I truly appreciate it
     
  18. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    What about the t/c venture?? They feel pretty god to me. 60 degree bolt release. American made. What's y'all's thoughts
     
  19. n_h85

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    I have never owned a t3 but if you like that thing and you should just re barrel it in 243 or 6.5 X 284 Norma! Then you won't have the cost of a scope. I don't know about where you live but around here I can re barrel a rifle 450 dollars no problem. And thats with a hart or Lilja barrel!

    From 55-115 grain bullets in a 243 and from 85-160 in the 6.5! Of course that depends on the twist rate you choose....
     
  20. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A couple of mid range calibers that you may wish to consider are the .257 Roberts and 6.5X55 Mauser. If you reload, you can do a great deal with both cartridges,,, I am currently looking for a good Swedish Mauser for customization. The 6.5 is very versatile going from 77 gr. hollowpoints for varmints up to 140 to 160 gr. bullets for medium sized game. I have read that in Sweden , the round is even a favorite for hunting moose. The .257 although being somewhat forgotten anymore with the modern short magnums etc., is also a caliber with a good deal of options when reloading.
    I feel both are better rounds than a .243 although availability of ammunition can be an issue. The .243 is a good load, I just like the versatility of the above rounds which are accurate and recoil friendly etc.
    I also just have fun building up a nice sporter from old Mausers, although it's less expensive to get the newer intro level factory rifles. Good luck.

    Jeff