New Rifle Guidance


October 8, 2008, 09:33 PM
I've got a 30-06 and a .223 AR is on the way.

I've always pondered long range precision tinkering, but do't want to deal with a lot or recoil. I was thinking .243Win just to stay away from another 30 and retaining factory chamber (a custom barrel is't out of the question later).

What are your thoughts?

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October 8, 2008, 09:49 PM
243's rock. I personally don't own one but my dad does and he swears by it.
I've shot it quite a bit. It likes lighter rounds, like the 80 grain core lokts. Darn fine caliber. One of the best all around do it all calibers. Varmint to Deer.

#1 on my "I'm gonna get me one of those one day" guns list.

Stump Water
October 8, 2008, 10:00 PM
.243 is a favorite of mine. 70-100 gr. bullets allow for a lot of variety.

I use my .243 strictly for varmint. I've loaded more bullet/powder combinations than I care to remember.

What I load now is an Hornady 87gr BTHP and 43gr H4350.

Groundhog congress has outlawed me and my .243 :evil:

October 8, 2008, 10:02 PM
Yes indeed the .243 rocks, and there are excellent bullets for precision shooting. Mine is a Savage 12 FV with a Sharpshooter Supply LVT stock, it holds 1/2 MOA out to 600 yards on a calm day which is the longest range I have shot it. At 100 yards it's pretty regularly in the .3 - .35" range and is a real pussycat to shoot.

This is the load I use under 300 yards:

That was with the 5 rounds when I was doing load development, and the rifle continues to like it. Have a look at and there is some good info on the .243.

October 8, 2008, 10:06 PM
Groundhog congress has outlawed me and my .243

does this mean you are breaking the law???:neener:

the .243 is a fine caliber, as these people have told you. It will work on varmints to ____yd, and Shawnee, another member here, has taken deer at 400yd before. on paper targets, 1000yd is fairly easy, if you do your part.

If you do go for the custom barrel, you always can get another cartridge that uses the same case head like the 6.5x47 lapua, or the .260 rem. or the .243 AI....

Rifleman 173
October 8, 2008, 10:14 PM
Do some research and consider the 6.5 Grendel. Tests indicate that the 6.5 Grendel is extremely accurate for shooting out to about 1,000 meters or so. On top of that, the 6.5G pushes on your shoulder rather than violently recoils against it. Give it some thought and see what you think.

October 8, 2008, 11:21 PM
I have looked at the 260 and the 6.5G, but precision 6mm bullets are everywhere, and manufacturers all chamber it, not so for either 6.5G or 260.

Thanks for the replies!

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