options other than .243

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by dominion22, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. dominion22

    dominion22 New Member

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    Hello, I have a 6mm browning safari bbl short chambered for .243,I am not a fan of the .243 and would like to make something else.Would realy like to try the 6 PPC or 6BR but am concerned as my bbl is1-10 twist while the others use a 1-14 twist.Any suggestions regarding this quandry or other 6mm calibers that you have tried and liked.
     
  2. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    What don't you like about the .243?
     

  3. dominion22

    dominion22 New Member

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    I don't like it for a hunting caliber,already have a 30-06, have a 250 for varmits and various 22's and 17's for plinking and gopher shooting .Would like something just to punch paper that is accurate and just think that the .243 is not it.Want something a little different than the norm.
     
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  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    IMO, the 243 is a very accurate and stable round. happens to be one of my favorites of all time. with muzzle velocity ranging from 2700-3400 fps and drop of 33-40" at 500yrds with a 200yrd zero, this an excellent target round. more than likely you would possibly be looking at a barrel change to go to the round you mentioned. what case is the one you are considering based on? the 243 is based from the 308, so that means the action is a short action possibly and the bolt face is the same as a 308, 30-06, 270 ect. ect. (.473 bolt face diameter) not as familiar with the browning rifles, maybe someone else will offer some input and advice.
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Cool. I know lots of guys who shoot bench rest at 500-600 yards with .243. And I find it to be a very versatile hunting round.

    Good luck finding what you're looking for. Let us know what you wind up with!
     
  6. dominion22

    dominion22 New Member

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    yes, short action with .308 bolt face.Don't know anybody in my neck of the woods that uses the 243 for target shooting.Mostly for deer only
     
  7. ron12301

    ron12301 New Member

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    Check out accurateshooter.com there is a link to good articles on .243 and 6mmbr you should read these as it may help with your decision and give you a couple of ideas. As axxe said above you are probably looking at a barrel change.
     
  8. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Go Here and read up. Maybe you will find your answer from proshooters.

    AccurateShooter.com
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Properly loaded in a good rifle the .243 is amazingly accurate. I loaded for one I had a long time ago and it could punch 5 shot 1 hole groups if I did my part. I mean 1 hole. It looked like a single .257 bullet. Winchester 670 carbine with a 19" heavy barrel. It would shoot under 1" with 100 gr factory ammo.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    dom, if a barrel change is warranted, it won't be cheap. accurate, quality barrels are expensive. it will also require the services of a gunsmith to install. if all you are doing is looking for a target shooting rifle, do you reload? if not, this will open up all kinds of hidden accuracy in your rifle. another suggestion, do what i did, start from the ground up and build a rifle. i bought a brand new bare Remington M700 receiver and having it barreled and chambered in 6.5mm-06. 26" heavy, fluted and muzzle braked barrel. this will pretty much be a strickly for target shooting rifle. sometimes it's more expensive and labor intensive to modify a rifle into something else. i know a lot of people do, and i have myself in the past. just some suggestions to think over. one other thought, if you decide to rebarrel, use a quality barrel, or you will never be happy with the rifle.
     
  11. dominion22

    dominion22 New Member

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    accurateshooter is a great website, thanks.Ya I realize that nothing one does is cheap,but you only go round once.I may be getting too caught up in having something that no one else does , rather than just having something that I can shoot.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    maybe it's time to bite the bullet and build a rifle, rather than modifying one. that was what i decided to do. bought a brand new Remington M700 receiver from Brownells and had it shipped to my gun dealer. having McGowan Barrels true the action, chamber and barrel it in 6.5mm-06 with a 26" fluted and muzzle braked barrel. should be back in about six months, then i can plan the next phase. might be something to check out. you would end up with a very personal gun to enjoy.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    fine caliber and gun, but from the way he talks, i think he is wanting a bolt action gun.
     
  14. Ruby476

    Ruby476 New Member

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    This certainly helps answer my questions from earlier today. I was leaning towards a .243 and the answers above helped a great deal.

    Now to find the right gun...
     
  15. Muliemaster

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    Try the marlin xs7 dosent break the bank a true high grade rifle at real world price plus the trigger is killer besides that it keeps money in the pocket for ammo an gas as far as the 243 dont worry its been slayin critters for ever from prarrie dogs to big western mule deer
     
  16. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    See my pic 13 yr old nephew I raise sent a 100 grain win silvertip to the boiler plate droppin this buck at 224 yards from the lil 243 last weekend for his first buck not to small a caliber as some say
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i personally have always been a 243 fan, probably because the first centerfire rifle i ever shot was my dad's winchester M70 243 many, many years ago. dad didn't hunt a lot, but reloaded and did lots of target shooting when we were younger. when we moved from the big city to the country, my brother and i used dad's rifle to deer hunt with, and the first deer i ever got was with that 243. i have had a couple of 243's over the years, but as of now, am lacking in one in my collection. i will have to rectify that in the near future.