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Old 07-29-2009, 10:12 PM
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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

Most bang for your buck and versatility I would go with a 243. Bolt action would get you by, but as far as fun factor I would get that 243 in a AR!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:32 PM
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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

if your concentrating on p-dogs, go with the .223. but for the most versitile, fun, effective caliber I would say the .243.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:24 AM
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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

Thanks for everyones input so far. Its sounds like I might have to make two rifle buys. From what it sounds like there isnt really anything to go long range for prarie dog hunts, coyote, etc and also not be over kill for the small game like squirrels. Is it legal to use a .243 for squirrel?
If I do end up buying two, right now I am looking at getting probably a .17 HMR and a .243 to take care of business on both ends of what I want.
If anyone had any opinions on what good rifles there are for these calibers let me hear what you think. Also whats a good twist to get for these. Thanks again guys.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:51 AM
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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

A 17hmr and 243win would be a nice way to start, that would cover most varmit needs pretty well. I've shot a couple of the Savage 93 in 17hmr and they were very accurate, they have the Accutrigger and are very reasonably priced.

If you went with the Savage 17hmr, you could get a Savage in 243 with the same trigger.

I'm sure it would be legal to use a 243 for squirrel, but you'd need to really be aware of your backstop with the 243. (of course you need to be aware of your backstop regardless, but a .243 shooting a 100gr bullet is a but different than a 17 shooting a 17gr bullet)

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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

I have a 17 hmr and a 22-250 both are savage with the accu-trigger and they are great shooters. Also if some years down the road the barrel in the 250 goes south ,it is very easy to replace .
I also thankyou for your service to our country..
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Thank you for defending our freedoms! I have to say that good options have been offered, but legality of cartridge for squirrel is limited. I suppose you could do some outlawing, but I know in Pennsylvania it is illegal to use anything bigger than a .23 caliber on squirrels. You can only use a rimfire no bigger than .22 during Fall Turkey and Muzzle Loader season.

My thoughts would be toward the .204, with head shots only on squirrels. I guess this would be a good marksman practice at picking off little targets. If you want to go extreme range on Pdogs, than I am on board with the .243. I also like what Kirby had said about thinking about projectile and what you want to accomplish.

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Old 07-31-2009, 06:28 PM
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Re: Please help me pick the right Caliber

Can anyone tell me what twist rate I should me looking for in a 243 and explain to me why. Thanks guys
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