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Thoughts on unloading 1 of 2 deer rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by f100owner, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. f100owner

    f100owner Well-Known Member

    I am consider unloading one of my two primary deer guns - a .243. Remington Model 700 that I have had about 20 years. I am replacing it with my dad's Winchester Model 70 30-06 that we have had about 30 years. I have a couple of good brush guns, a 1894 30-30 and even an old Remington Model 81 in .35 Rem.
    But for the life of me I cannot find a reason to retain the .243. I had traded for it many years ago using a 22-250. Today, I might keep the 22-250, but I can't find a good reason to keep the .243. I have no emotional ties to the rifle. The 30-06 is a better all-around caliber and both guns are probably of comparable quality. I honestly don't have unlimited storage and thought of keeping a gun that might be put to good use by someone else is not appealing.
    Any thoughts? Trading locally is not very appealing. You don't get diddly for guns from our two gun shops (these are the guys charging $65 for 325 rounds of 22LR). Might consider Texas Guntrader.
    I am guessing the rifle with its bushnel sportview scope to be worth about $500.
  2. jstein650

    jstein650 Well-Known Member

    Any way you could post a few pic's? If it looks good I doubt you'll have trouble selling it here!
  3. planetmobius

    planetmobius Well-Known Member

    Take up coyote hunting.
  4. tomrkba

    tomrkba Well-Known Member

    I think at this point, you should consider holding every gun you have. I have a feeling that "sniper" rifles will be next.

    If you must get rid of it, perhaps you should just trade for another rifle in 30-06 and keep the scope.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  5. Nalgi

    Nalgi Well-Known Member

    I agree!

    this is not the time to have less guns!

    I disagree with you that the 30-06 is a better all round caliber than the .243. You aren't going to go squirrel or chuck hunting with a 30-06.

    There is nothing in Texas you cant kill with a Barnes 85 gr TSX.

    And if I am shooting at 4,5 or 600 yds I'll take the .243 any day.

  6. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    You have never hunted Texas before have you? LOL
    243 is a long way from ideal for west Texas mule deer or the monster sized hogs we have down south and in the hill country. 30-06 is a better cartridge for either or those, though a bit much for little Wimberley whitetail. I have lived all over TX and seen some things you simply would not believe.
  7. a-sheepdog

    a-sheepdog Well-Known Member

    I agree that you should probably hang onto it until this ban all firearms craze blows over, but if you want to sell, you should have no problem moving it. The .243 win is a versatile caliber and ammo does not usually break the bank when purchasing ammo. If you do sell, please list on this site as I am slowly considering getting my 8 year old son a deer rifle.
  8. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    No, I wouldn't sell that. Of everything you have, that one screams "kill a coyote!"
  9. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

  10. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    Squirrel hunting with a 243? Do you have any good recipes for squirrel ears and tail?
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Let it go.
  12. f100owner

    f100owner Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input. Still considering it. I mean this gun has become a safe queen. I am not much of a deer hunter. Don't hunt every season, although I anticipate that will change as I age. Have always hunted for meat and not antlers. Did not hunt this year and it drove me crazy. Doubt that I will ever experience the thrill of reaching out and touching a mule deer in West Texas even though the family has a couple of sections out in the Davis Mountain foothills. In my country, I could pop deer from my front porch and dodge them on the way to work each morning on my harley.
    For fast and small round, I picked up a savage .17 mhr heavy barrel this past weekend.
    I was once a believer that he with the most toys at death wins, but I currently have no children who would be interested in my collection. Both grandchildren are granddaughters and they.....might develop an interest, but I am doubting it.
    So the way I see it, no one to say "this is the gun my grandad killed his first deer and I want it to be mine.... (etc. etc., sentimental stuff).
    Thanks for the input. It's not like there is a "rush" to get rid of it. But I am still leaning towards moving it out and letting someone else hopefully put it to use.
    And I don't think it is a "collector's" quality firearm in terms of year built or features. Just a good rifle. Definitely pretty when I compare it to my latest acquisitions - the synthetic stocks on my 10-22 and the savage .17, yuk, but they serve their purpose.
  13. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    I can argue both sides. But if you don't shoot it and do not buy ammo for it, its just a dust collector. Double up on a caliber you do shoot sounds like a good idea to me.
  14. josiewales

    josiewales Well-Known Member

    I have gone squirrel hunting with FMJ 65 gr. .243 and it doesn't destroy them. Just do head shots though. .243 is my favorite cartridge. It it were me I would sell the 30-06 and keep the .243.
  15. f100owner

    f100owner Well-Known Member

    For the deer in my neck of the woods, I think the .243 is the ideal cartridge. Heck my 30-30 is a good option for many situations. But as an all-around cartridge, I believe the 30-06 to be the best choice. Nearly always to be found, a variety of loads and if I ever luck out and get me a M1-Garande.....already have the ammo. Plus my 30-06 has my dad's name on it. Given to him by one of his favorite customers/suppliers back in his doodlebugging days in West Texas.
  16. clang

    clang Well-Known Member

    Post it here and sell the gun if you don't want it. Mention in the ad for local pickup only.

    .243 is a versatile round, but if you don't shoot it, what good is it to you?
  17. f100owner

    f100owner Well-Known Member

    wonder if trading the Rem. .243 for an CZ .17 would be reasonable

    Per previous posts, I have indicated a desire to maybe eliminate or trade my Remington 700 .243 with scope. I am curious if anyone would think trading such for a CZ rifle in .17 HMR would be a reasonable deal. I really like the ones with the full stock. Don't care as much for the set triggers on the cz, but probably could come to accept it.
  18. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    I dont know Kachok I have killed some damn big hogs with my 243 and 6mm.
    I killed a nearly 200 pound south Texas whitetail that scored 151 B.C. with that little 18.5 barreled Remington 600 in 6mm.
    I currently own two 243's and would not think of parting with them.
  19. jogar80

    jogar80 Well-Known Member

    Sell it............. To me:)
  20. f100owner

    f100owner Well-Known Member

    and after putting a few rounds through the 30-06, I am kind of thinking that keeping the .243 would be a good idea, too. Man that guy kicks compared to the .243 (of course I had just been shooting a savage .17 HMR prior to squeezing the trigger on the 30-06). But it is really difficult for me to justify two high-powered rifles in my collection, especially considering I am not an "avid" hunter. Just go out every year or two and take a doe for meat.

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