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Would you buy a .243 Handi Rifle for $139?

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  1. .455_Hunter

    .455_Hunter Member

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    A LGS has an almost unfired laminate stocked, blued .243 Handi-Rifle for $139. The barrel is fitted with the scope rail and the lock-up is excellent with full travel of the block. Good buy? I currently have nothing in the 6mm/.25 rifle class. Your thoughts or experiences are welcome.
     
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  2. GRIZ22

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    I would just because of the price.
     
  3. WestKentucky

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    In a heartbeat
     
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  4. adcoch1

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    Yes, absolutely.
     
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  5. someguy2800

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    Yes, because you can sell the barrel for $200-$250, the stock for $50, and the reciever for $75. Then I would take that money and buy a Henry single shot and take my wife out to diner. Prices on the barrels got silly after they stopped making them.
     
  6. 243winxb

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    Pass, out of production.

    Seen one with a bad crown. After repair, shot ok.
    Ok for hunting. To much opening and closing the action to load for target shooting. Sold my T/C Contenders for that reason.
     
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  7. mokin

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    What Griz said. I don't know much about that cartridge but at that price I'd be willing to learn.
     
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  8. Bfh_auto

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    Yes. They make a decent knock around gun. 243 is a good cartridge.
     
  9. RedlegRick

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    I'd already have it home by now.
     
  10. montanaoffroader

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    Yup. I would have had my wallet out in nothing flat.
     
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  11. LoonWulf

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    another yes....ive seen 2, both would shoot well with specific loads.
     
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  12. BWS

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    Yup.

    They make pretty durn good cast bullet guns.Because of the tilt open design it's easy to get a good OAL,"fit" on the bullet.And also,the reduced loads aren't hammering the hinge point.Most look for 30/30 chambering,but I'd WAY rather have the 243. The 95g RCBS mould should work nicely at around 2000fps. The acc will surprise you.You can buy cast bullets to try before committing to a particular mould.Heck of a good pkg for beer cans @150 yds.

    Edit..... I have a 30/30,doh.
     
  13. Dr.Rob

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    Have one, decent rifle there's info on pushing accuracy out of them.
     
  14. Picher

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    Had one and it sold me on the .243 Win. It shot pretty well, just under 2" groups at 100 yds. Gave it to my grandson for deer hunting. Had to get a bolt-action in the same chambering after that. Really love the .243 Win cartridge and had never given it much of a try as a deer cartridge before, but was really impressed with what it did to a rock in the old rock wall behind my target. Stone chips came back about 15 feet and went through the plasti-board target backer! That was impressive!!!

    Since then, the grand-kids got three deer with the cartridge and I got one too. I still use the .270 for most of my hunting, but the Tikka T3 Lite is so nice to carry that I use it often when walking the back 40, scouting for deer and Eastern coyotes.
     
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  15. Coal Dragger

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    1.) Do you want or need a .243 Winchester? If yes proceed to question #2. If no, stop reading now.

    2.) Is a break open single shot sufficient for your needs? If yes proceed to question 3. If no consider a different rifle in .243.

    3.) Do you have $139.00 if disposable income? If yes proceed to question 4. If no, save some more money.

    4.) Can you legally possess a firearm and fill out a 4473? If yes, buy the aforementioned rifle. If no, then too bad for you.
     
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  16. Varminterror

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    This is pretty much where I’m sitting.

    I could see a paradigm where I bought it with the intent to flip it, but I personally don’t have a need or want for a single shot .243win. The potential earnings on it just aren’t substantial enough to put the capital into it. The probable return margin is good, but the profit sum isn’t substantial. I used to buy, sell, & trade almost any firearm which I thought I could turn for profit, made decent money for some years doing so, but the inventory investment and overhead to operate that kind of business is rough.

    So I might add a modifier question: “Are you interested in purchasing a firearm asset to play a low profit investment strategy?” If so, then see questions 3 & 4 above.
     
  17. jmorris

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    Since they quit making them, they have become more valuable, you could get more than that for just the barrel. So yeah, I’d get it even if I didn’t want it.
     
  18. FL-NC

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    Sure, I love a 243- mine is a Remington 700 sporter that has put down dozens of deer. I'd put a Bushnell banner on it, and a elastic 10 round ammo stock holder, zero it, and give it a home in my jeep.
     
  19. alsaqr

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    Condition of the bore is everything. A bad crown can easily be fixed by anyone with basic mechanical skills. My .243 Handi Rifle makes 1 1/4" five shot groups at 100 yards when I do my part.

    Buy the rifle.
     
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  20. jmr40

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    Nope. Not interested.
     
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  21. Armored farmer

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    I have Handi-rifles in .204 and .30-06. A .243 would fit nicely in between.
     
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  22. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I have a Handi-Rifle in 204 Ruger. I thought it would be convenient to keep in a vehicle for coyotes and varmints and it is. I have since discovered an AR-15 is handier. Coyotes get a lot of pressure around here and if you see one from the road it will usually be running flat out before you get a shot. With multiple rounds I can walk them down.
    If it is in good condition you can't go wrong for $140.
     
  23. redneck2

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    Assuming this is all true, I’d do that quicker than immediately.

    At one time, I had a chance to buy a Model A pickup in decent shape really cheap. Talked to an acquaintance that had a number of collectible cars. He says “you gonna fix it up and lose money or dismantle it, sell the parts, and make money?”
     
  24. jmorris

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    “Back in the day” a salvage yard would pay fo a car, what the tires were worth and crush running and driving Model A’s and such. Then again I also knew a guy that sold everything that was rare as valuable.

    “You know there just aren’t many 1976 Pinto station wagons around and I was told this one raced in Le Mans.”
     
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  25. Bushpilot

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    While my first reaction might be to buy it, after giving it some though I probably wouldn't. The types of things I'd want to use a 243 for it really wouldn't be very well suited, at least not for me. I probably would never hunt with it either because there are so many other guns I have that I enjoy hunting with that it would never make the cut...
     
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