I'm in the market for a .243 to go after deer and pigs in the forest. So I want something relatively maneuverable to get around trees as well as in and out of the land rover. Max range will be 200 yards, maybe 300. At the moment I'm leaning towards the Browning because it comes glass bedded and hand chambered. Plus, I believe, it comes in a little cheaper.
It looks like you are. Either should be accurate enough at those ranges, how well the rifle
"feels" in your hands would be the deal maker for me. Availability, and price are factors but having a rifle that fits you is worth something.
Both are great rifles. at 200-300 yards on deer with a .243 you dont need the big heavy bullets anyways so no need to worry about twist. I havent shot the Browning in a while so not sure the accuracy they are producing. The Tikka however will probably blow your socks off with accuracy. They use Sako Bbls and the quality is amazing for the dollar spent. My wife hunts with a Tikka T3 25-06 and true story, her aunt works for Browning 80 miles from us.
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Thanks for the help guys! I'll try to get my hands on some asap.
The Tikka they both have a 1 in 10, as do most of the .243s I've been looking at, though some were 1-9 twist. But as Sako7STW said, it won't be necessary to push 115 grains down the pipe. 95-100 gr will suffice. I'm also designing a real fancy custom rig in a big 6.5mm wildcat of some sort so that will take care of all real long range precision stuff.
about 2 months ago I was shopping for a left handed 243 , I passed on the Tikka because of the 1 in 10 twist . I ended up with a lefty 7mm-08 X-bolt , it shoots good . this is my first browning rifle and so far I'm impressed . Jim