Citori12 wrote:Your choices are understandable.....but let me leave you with this note:
Anyone who can consistantly hit the vitals of a blacktail deer at 300 yards needs precision accuracy....those folks that shoot precision long distance target all reload...why? because just changing the overall length of the cartridge to suit the rifle will make the difference between 1 1/2" groups and .50" groups....the folks that I know that are accurate on a range at 300 yards all reload thier own ammunition. Being Ex-military that .243 factory gun and cartridge would be a pretty poor substitute for a 300 yard gun.
I guess you like the 10 gauge for deer hunting too....
Seriously, you do not need to reload to have a 300 yard gun. With the premium factory loads made today, a person should be able to find an accurate load. A 1 1/2 gun is more than accuarate in the real deer hunting world for a 300 yard shot.
I've gotten groups of 1/2" with federal premiums out of my 243. When I needed more ammo and could not buy premiums, winchesters (which out of my gun group about 1-1 1/2") are a great substitute. The reason why I give the size of these groups is to show that I like an accurate rifle. I'm also accurate with a rifle (I don't reload rifle shells either). Does a hunting rifle actually need this kind of accuracy. Not for most shots. I can pick a hole out in the brush and thread a bullet through it on short shots. I can (AND HAVE) kill deer out past 300 yards.
If you were planing on shooting deer at 500 yards or more you need something that will shoot under 1". But then you also need a gun with a whole lot more power, not to mention a rangefinder, a rock solid rest, and a lot more skill than 99% of hunters have.
The reason I'm writing this is although handloading will usually give you a more accurate load, alot of the time it is probally not worth the trouble unless you just enjoy reloading.