In the Market for a 243cal.

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In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby Hilltopflyway » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:31 pm

I have $450-500 bucks to spend, I want a black stock and barrel, but I want quality and a tac driver. What brand and model would you recommend.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby trigger22 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:00 pm

The Marlin XS7 is a great shooting rifle and can be had for less than what you are wanting to spend which will save you some money for quality glass.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby ajmorell » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:47 am

Savage. I think their guns are ugly, but they sure have a good reputation for accuracy.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby apexhunter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:58 pm

X2

Of all the inexpensive rifles I've shot the Savage pieces have been the most accurate of the lot. Granted much of this hs to do with shooting good ammo but blasting center cut groups on 12" plates at 425+ yards with .243 in a slight wind isn't bad for an out-of-the-box rifle that runs less than $500. Another decent piece is the Ruger American which has a pretty nice trigger and is almost as accurate as the savage...again ammo dependant like any rifle is.

Simply put most any rifle can be a tack driver if the ammo is carefully chosen or loaded. My .308 X-Bolt is a sub 1/2MOA with a couple loads but it barely throws others into 1-1/2" groups (I'm slowly shrinking groups down to 1/4MOA by working through a few last recipes to find the pure sweet spot). 165 & 168gr loadings are all good but I tried some faster 150gr last fall and the groups opened up like a drawbridge. Bullet weight and speed are major factors and you may have to go through a few boxes of varying loads to see what any particular rifle really likes.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby ajmorell » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:56 pm

apexhunter wrote:My .308 X-Bolt is a sub 1/2MOA with a couple loads but it barely throws others into 1-1/2" groups (I'm slowly shrinking groups down to 1/4MOA by working through a few last recipes to find the pure sweet spot)


Off topic, but my X-Bolt 30-06 is the same way. With premium factory ammo I was seeing ~1-1.5" groups, some time at the reloading press and more time at the range and I was able to find a 165 grain load it liked that shot ~0.35"
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby vector16 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:15 pm

I have a Savage .243 with Bushnelle 3-9x 40 scope I got at BIG5. I think I paid $350 or $400. The great thing about Savage is that the low end guns shoot just as good as the higher end guns. If you want to have a better trigger you just need to buy the Accu Trigger and install it. I have the stock version with the plasic stock and I am zero at 200 yards. Its a great rifle. I have shot Marlin, Remmington and Winchester that do not out perform this savage. I also have a 30-06 that is zero at 500 yards and I paid about the same price. If you are looking for a starter gun I would reccomend this gun.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby DuckinFool » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:55 pm

You can get a Savage Axis from WalMart for $287 plus tax. You can add a nice scope and you will not break the bank. :thumbsup:
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby hawk45 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:00 pm

I think you have to define a few things. What is "tack driving" to you? And what distances? What is your primary use (hunting, marksmanship, etc)?

Tack driving to some is 1MOA at 100yds, to others it's sub .5 MOA at 1000yds. There is a major cost difference in the two. If you could get a .5MOA gun for $500, everyone would have one. Not saying you have to drop 3K on a good gun, but you have to have reasonable expectations with that budget.

I would answer this that you will get very acceptable quality out of several guns.
1. Savage
2. Stevens (older Savage versions w/o accu-trigger basically)
3. Remington

I recommend these b/c they are all good out of the box rifles and are easy to upgrade as you go. With a minimal investment in some basic tools, you can even change barrels on the Savages/Stevens at home. I build rifles on these all the time (.223, .243, .308, .260, 300WM).

Don't forget the need for a quality optic/base/rings in your equation as well.

But #1 to small groups is proper fundamentals. Fit, repeat-ability and trigger control.

I'm just getting into shotgun hunting so I'm learning lots here, but I've been shooting precision rifle for lots of years, so this is where I can offer some payback of knowledge.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby hollowpoint » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:25 pm

Depends on purpose but Savage, remmy 700 or tikka would fit the bill.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby clampdaddy » Thu May 23, 2013 2:40 pm

Tikka T3 lite. I bought one in .22-250 to serve as my main coyote rifle and I love it. I can carry it all day and it'll shoot groups right along side of my heavy barreled Savage.
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Re: In the Market for a 243cal.

Postby asmythe32 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:17 pm

I just bought a Ruger american this year and so far it is top notch. has a rotary magazine and they send you a free cheek pad
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