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I've made my decision.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by john917v, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. john917v

    john917v Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    In the search for another center fire rifle (sold my SKS 2 yrs ago) that is suitable for targets, plinking, deer and smaller hogs, I have decided upon the .243 Win. It comes in many bullet weights, for many different targets. It's plentiful. And, it seems to be pretty cheap.

    As far as the rifle, I have decided on the H&R Ultra Varmint in .243 Win, in synthetic. It's got a bull barrel, which is fluted (drool) a stock I like to hold, it's got a bipod adapter, a rear monopod, and a wide forearm, all of which I love! and it feels compact/tight (hold one to know what I mean).

    My question is, aside from a bipod, what else would be some good accys to go with it? In terms of glass, I'm thinking of something in the 6-24X range, with a (diy) sunshade.

    Also, any thoughts on the rifle? I've heard of it's great (for the price) accuracy, and of the forearm pressure issues, but I'm considering sanding the forearm down at all barrel contact points, and installing small I-beams the length of the forearm for additional rigidity.
  2. ojibweindian

    ojibweindian Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Union Grove, Alabama
    6-24X range? Hope you're hunting the praire/tundra, because a hog/deer at ranges most often encountered in the woods will appear as nothing but a big wall of brown.

    Something along a 2.5-10x40 would most likely be more usefull for deer/hog and varminting.
  3. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Nov 14, 2007
    The NEF Handi can be had in three bbl contours in .243 win - regular, ultra light, and the heavy/bull. The ultralight is said to have accuracy problems, so glad you're going with the bull. For hunting, you definitely want no MORE than a 3-9x40. If you want a precision rifle with a big scope, get a second rifle. Same caliber is ok for the precision rifle, but if hunting, you want to be able to get down to 1, 2, or 3 power in case the game is close in.

    But the Handis are generally fine rifles. Personally for hogs, I'd want a 6.5mm caliber or up, but .243 win will also work if you use the right bullet.
  4. UnTainted

    UnTainted Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    Another second on a 2.5-10 or 3-10 or even 3-12 power scope.

    243 shoots very flat, but it may not take a hog for you at the 900 yards a 26 power scope necessitates. ;)

    BTW, very, very nice gun! Congrats!!!

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