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Posted: December 17 2016 at 6:32pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

I've been shooting this terrific cartridge since the late
60's. It was my first center fire rifle. Mine was a
Winchester Model 70 (push feed).

I hunted groundhogs, foxes, and deer with it for many
years. In those days I didn't reload. I used Factory
loaded ammo, i.e. Remington 80 grains for varmints and
100 grain for deer.

Fast forward 50 years - I currently have four 243's;
shoot them extensively and reload for them.

This cartridge is capable of excellent accuracy, has mild
recoil, and good terminal performance on deer size game
with the correct bullet and shot placement.

My favorite powders are IMR 4064 and Varget for 85 Grain
bullets and under. IMR 4350 for heaiver bullets.

The best all around bullet I've found is the Sierra 85
Grain BTHP. This bullet shoots like a match bullet and
can be used for varmints and eastern deer. However I
prefer the Nosler 90 BT or Sierra 100 Pro Hunter bullet
for strictly deer.

For strictly varmints, the 80 grain Sierra Blitz or 80
Nosler BT are excellent especially for long range
shooting.

I'm not going to claim that the 243 is the ultimate deer
caliber but for the one gun hunter that hunts both
varmints and deer it can work quite well with correct
shot placement on deer at reasonable ranges. I hunt in
the east where most shots are under 200 yards and the 243
work quit well in this range.

There is an abundant of rifles to choose from. In my
opinion the Tikka T3 is a very good value. The trigger is
excellent, the action is smooth as silk and accuracy is
outstanding. With tailor reloads mine is sub 1 moa - not
bad for a sporter weight barrel. This rifle handles very
welll in the field.

I'm very high on the 243 - its fun to shoot and
effective. Are there better vamrint choices, yes. Are
there better big game choices, yes. But the 243 can do
the job quite well on both. It excells as a multi-
purpose choice for the recoil senstive shooters.

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Posted: December 17 2016 at 7:05pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Between this thread and Old Ranger's, it's gotten my interest peaked. I only have one 6mm now, but like the rifle a lot and have quite a few 6mm jacketed bullets sitting on the shelf. I happen to know where there was a beautifully sporterized Mauser by a now dead gunsmith who was out in western Kansas and the asking price was cheap for what it is, everybody wants the bottom rung bolt guns you can buy from Wal Mart now. Might just have to drive over there soon and make a deal.

For about six o seven years now, I have hunted and shot almost exclusively my own cast bullets and have taken the last seven or eight deer with them. I do have the stuff to cast for 6mm/.243, but haven't done it yet. Obviously, deer hunting with cast is a lot easier with a .30 caliber or bigger, and I wouldn't try it with a bore that small, but I may just have to re-look the 6mm bore size.

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Posted: December 18 2016 at 4:04pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Most of my customs are built on Mauser actions. The .243 I owned
while living in Nevada was a Kodiak made by an outfit that use milsurp
Mauser actions and made low grade porters out of them. Stock were
usually made of maple. I got into it cheap ($100) and put a scope on it.
It shot so well that I used it for coyotes and one Mountain Lion which is
a story in itself. Let's just say it worked when needed. That rifle took
numerous coyotes, six deer and the lion mentioned, not to mention a
few stray dogs that were running cattle and deer. I gave it to the son of
a friend for his first deer hunt, something I sometimes regret. That
rather ugly rifle will outshoot the two .243 rifles I have now, a Ruger
#1A and a model 70. Last time I talked with his father, he'd take
several deer and a couple of antelope. Guess it's in good hands.
I also haave a Ruger #1B in 6MM Rem. and that thing is a real tack
driver. I've shot groups as small as .25" with it but about .50" is more
normal.
Too bad in a way that the 6MM didn't take off like the .243. Brass is
hard to find as is ammo but it's a better round for the handloader than
the .243 IMHO. Oh hell, I like 'em both.
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Posted: December 18 2016 at 4:33pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I agree, the 6mm is the superior cartridge. Not sure that the old slow twist that is supposedly the reason for it's slow start may be BS, Jim Carmichael wrote that the old twist stabilizes 100 grain bullets just fine.

Any superiority is really academic though. Looking at ballistics, you'd never be able to tell one iota of difference in performance in the field.



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Posted: December 18 2016 at 6:16pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

Yea, the 6mm is ballistically superior on paper but the
difference is academic.

Like the excellent 257 Roberts, the 6mm Rem unfortunately
is headed for obsolesance.

PS: In my opinion the 257 Roberts is one of the best
cartridges ever developed.
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I like the Hornady 100 gr interloc , won't tear up coyote pelts as long as the
distance isn't close, holds up better in the wind than lighter bullets, and yet will
kill antelope, deer and elk stone cold dead.

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Posted: December 19 2016 at 12:33pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

hoghunter wrote:


Like the excellent 257 Roberts, the 6mm Rem unfortunately
is headed for obsolesance.

PS: In my opinion the 257 Roberts is one of the best
cartridges ever developed.


I quite agree with you. I have two, a Ruger #1 B and a Winchester M70
Featherweight XTR. Neither are for sale.
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hoghunter wrote:
PS: In my opinion the 257 Roberts is one
of the best cartridges ever developed.


We be friends.

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 8:04pm | IP Logged Quote USA Joe

Hi All:) My choice has had more to do with the rifle than Winchester 243 or Remington 244 / going back to the 60's I was lucky to of had Savage 110 in 243 with a Weaver 4X & Remington (have forgotten the model # Bolt action ) with a 6X The ole Savage always seemed to get meat! Found both gone when I came back from "Boot Camp "
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