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Posted: September 15 2017 at 4:17pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

There's a lot of good .243s around, another one will come about.

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I'm in no hurry. Besides, I've got my M92 levergun. Oh, and an '06 that can do anything. Those two got me covered.

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Posted: September 15 2017 at 6:31pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

The '06 truly can do anything. Truth be told, it's foolish to get anything else for a general purpose hunting rifle. Guess I'm foolish, though. Much as I like the .30-06 and own a few, I really want one of everything!

That .357 lever gun will do things just fine in east Texas anyway.

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For me, anything beyond a pistol cartridge levergun and a rifle cartridge boltgun for centerfire rifles is overly ambitious. I'm actually quite happy with the two. My .50cal Hawken I built years ago is extra "fluff". I see the .243Win as "fluff" too. Nice cartridge to goof around with, but not essential...

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Well it's gonna be sombody else's problem now. I sold it this morning. Bye bye!


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Yup. I go for the "Easy Button" now that I'm old!

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You aint old Wade, I've got a few years on you and I'm still young.
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Well if I was a dog, I'd be 490.

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Old Ranger wrote:
I'm in no hurry. Besides, I've got my M92 levergun. Oh, and an '06 that can do anything. Those two got me covered.


Yes, the good ol' 30-06 can handle anything in North America.

But it is fun to mess around with other rifles too. Doggone Ranger, sorry the .243 didn't work out for you. Sweet little cartridge. I like having some kind of a mild-kicking hunting rifle, like our 6mm Rem, or the 25-06 I've been using for a number of years now. Not that the 30-06 has obnoxious recoil, but it's nice to have something that tosses a smaller bullet sometimes.

Perhaps you'll come up with another one in due time.

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Posted: September 17 2017 at 6:42am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Never owned a .243, but have had a couple of 6mms over the years. My 788 is almost spooky accurate with the right loads.

I've kind of gone down the road of shooting almost exclusively cast in everything, and the .30s and up have a real advantage there, so the old 6mm hasn't bee shot in a while. I do have the stuff to cast for it, I need to get off my butt and get after that project.

If you get the itch to get an iron sighted .243 again, the NEF Handi Rifles abound and may surprise you. I'm not sure if they made them with sights in the .243, but a lot of configurations did.

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Yeah, Guy. That's my thoughts as well. I was just getting into loading for that piece and it began to act up. Had been getting more and more difficult to chamber, then extraction got worse as well. But I'm not real good with my hands anymore, so I couldn't fix it and parts don't exist anymore. Was best to sell it...

Now I'm taking my granddaughter camo shopping the end of the month at Academy. They've got a Savage Axis in .243Win with a Weaver 3x-9x mounted for $300. Might just be the deal I'm looking for... Ya never know. If not, like you said the '06 can handle anything we got. Shucks, I've even loaded cast round ball with a dash of Bullseye to hunt rabbits. It'll do it all, but.... That little baby-sized 243Win is cute, and now I do want another. But a new one that Bubba never owned!

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Wade,

The Savage Axis has a pretty loyal following. Lots of folks like this rifle. And, Savage rifles as a whole have had a very good reputation for being accurate.

The Axis is like other Savage bolts in that the barrel and bolt head can be changed to accommodate other cartridges. Pretty nice feature.

The Axis is an entry level bolt and may be one of the rifles responsible for Remington having closed down the H&R company and ceasing production of those single shots.
In addition, lots of the Handi rifles chambered in .243 Winny have been found to not like the longer, heavier bullets generally used for deer hunting. Accuracy has suffered.

The .243 Winny is considered to be a tight grouper and it just makes sense to put it in a scoped rifle capable of bringing out the cartridges precision.

You'll also have a warranty, should something not be quite right.


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Yeah Mike, I'm seriously thinking that the Axis would be just right for me. Looked at one at WallyWorld that was $349.99 with no scope or bases. Academy has the same with a Weaver on it for $299.99... Well duh, Academy's gonna like me at the end of the month. Granddaughter getting new cammies and fresh ammo, and gramps likely getting an Axis. And yes, two year warranty is a nice thing.

The barrel system is like the one on Marlin's XLR7 boltguns. There's no longer an issue with headspace and accuracy is good. I have a real Marlin XLR7 in .30'06Spr and it is so accurate it's unnatural! So the Axis should feel right at home with me. The weapon mounts to the shoulder quickly and aligned with a very sure feel to it. Chances are that if I have enough money to spare on the 30th, it might just happen. We'll see huh?

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Further study of the Savage Axis provided me with more data on its construction and design. What a well engineered piece of equipment! Floating Bolt. The barrel/breech system already mentioned. Hand straightened button rifled barrels. Detachable box magazine. I mean come on, all that for 3 C Notes? Yeah, I'm going to get one the end of the month. Oh yes, it will be mine.... Said thst about my white Fender Stratocaster guitar, a Wayne's World line I ripped off about him in the guitar store drooling over a white Fender Stratocaster. Small world huh?
Oh, and the rifiling pitch is 1 turn in 9.25". Perfect for 100gr plus bullets! Yeah, I'm going to get one soon!

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