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Longest range for .243

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by camoman33935, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. camoman33935

    camoman33935 Well-Known Member

    Does anybody know the longest range that a .243 can shoot accurately. The gun I have is a Savage model 110 with a tasco varmint/target scope and it puts 3 shot groups in a 1 in bullseye at 200yds. The reason im askin is cause i may go out to a range that is over 600yds
  2. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    It depends upon four things: The rifle, the ammo, the wind, and the shooter.

    A .243 or a 6mm (same thing) can shoot very accurately at long range, but they use light bullets that can be affected by the wind. It's certainly worth a try on a calm day.

    I assume you mean paper targets. I wouldn't shoot at game with such a light bullet at that range. You'll only wound the animal.
  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Once you get out past 200 to 300 yards, wind drift is a problem--with any cartridge. The .243 itself will do just fine. The problem is in your ability to dope the wind, from shot to shot.
  4. Mr White

    Mr White Well-Known Member

    I can pop groundhogs pretty reliably out past 300 yds with my .243 and have hit them at 400+ yds with my .243.
  5. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    +1 for what Art said.

    600yds. is a lot easier for my .243 than it is for me.

  6. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    there are dudes who shoot 1000 yds with it, with good handloads, long bbls, and good bullets. I would say that , even though not the best, with a little practice, you could become pretty proficient at good 600 yd shots.
    I myself am very confortable with my remmy 788 in 243...
  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    rangerruck is right. The .243 will do as well at 1000 yards as you can hold it, assuming the gun and ammo are of good quality.
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Accurate to 600 yds? Guess that is why you shoot at a range at those kinds of distances to find out. Have fun!

    I would lean toward the heavier bullets however as they may be a little less impacted by wind drift.
  9. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    243 is actually quite popular for NRA Long Range 1000 yrd matches because it's cheaper and easier to find guns and brass. it's the same diameter as all the sexy 6mmBR, 6mmXC, 6-6.5x47L, etc cartridges, with a good bit more case capacity than you need.

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