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Unread 12-04-2003, 08:41 PM
 
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Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

I am going to rebarrel my 243AI, and I want a good long range deer rifle and a quality ground hog rifle.Is there something better that the 243AI considering that I already have the Wilson Dies for the 243AI. I have been considering the 6.5MM- 284, 260 AI, 6MM AI,or the 6.5x55 swed. I really don't enjoy a lot of recoil and I like a short action rifle. Thanks for your input.null
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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    You have a tough cartridge to beat now. What is long range for deer, what is long range for hogs?
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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    that was going to be my question -how long for deer?w/o your answer i would have to say the 6.5-284,i wouldnt hesitate to take deer with mine at 800 yds providing the conditions were right.for groundhogs i would have to say-how many minutes of elevation do u have?-my 2-dave
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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    I've killed deer at over 500 yards with a standard 243 Win and routinely kill them at over 400 yards with the 243 Win. I'd leave it unless you want to be in the 600 yards and further area for deer. (Groundhogs are in trouble as long as they're visible... no distance limitations.)

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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    If you have the 243 AI now.. the only thing I would change is the twist... make sure you have a fast twist to handle heavy bullets...

    If you just feel like a change in calibers.. 6.5-284!
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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    We just took 2 deer this week with my 6.5x284 shooting 140g AMAX. The first was at 530 yards, the second at 680 yards. Both walked about 20 to 30 feet and fell over dead. I've got enough elevation to shoot chucks to over 1200 yards with std 30mm rings and bases. This gun used to be a 243, wouldn't go back now.
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    Re: Long Range Deer and Groundhog combination Rifle

    Long Range to me is anything over 500 yards for deer and ground hogs.
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