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Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:24 PM
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

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Another possible option, that I think will fit your current platform is Remingtons new 30 AR cartridge. Its a 30 cal that is getting dang good ballistics for a ar 15 frame 30 cal, about 80% of full power 308. That would be a much better option than 22 or 24 calibers for deer. Just my lowly opinion of course: 308
80 % of a 308 win. is the 7.62x39 russian or the 30/30 win.
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

Some very helpful onfo can be found here.

Remington Introduces new 30 Remington AR Cartridge « AccurateShooter.com Bulletin
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

Yes, I was talking about .243 WIN. I want a caliber that I can buy off the shelf ammo, no custom stuff. Maybe I will just stick with the trusty ol' Win 94 30-30 or get a Browning X-bolt in 270 WSM.
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

I'll second the 6.8 SPC. It will drop right on your .223 lower. I don't know about smaller towns but ammo can be had at places like Bass Pro Shops or Cabelas. I have a Rock River Arms upper on order for deer hunting right now. Figure on putting a red dot sight on it for still hunting and deer drives. Even out of a 16" barrel it has fairly impressive ballistics on the AR platform. The 6.5 Grendel is a proprietary round and really suffers when used with a short barrel. Unless you are talking long range shooting, it offers nothing that the 6.8 SPC doesn't. (I would like to have one with about a 22" barrel though, but kind of pricy.)
The 7.62x39 is certainly another option. Not quite as flat shooting but would be great on deer at moderate range.
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

6.5 grendel Wolf Gold ammo 120gr sp's are still $12 a box of 20 thru Midway... Cheap enough to buy a bunch. Out of my 22" Grendel they shot 1 1/4" or so. Loads with the 120gr Nosler's and Sierra's went sub 3/4 MOA. I built my Grendel off a worn-out 30" Krieger 6.5-284 barrel. It's amazing how GOOD that last 24 inches of barrel looks like after you trim 6" off the chamber end and one at the muzzle, and all for $50.
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Re: Bushmaster Varminter .223, want .243 upper & barrel for deer any recommendations?

If you need to use the same lower IŽd take 6.5 Grendel but take note what sambo3006 said previously about the barrel lengths.

IMO best solution would be to buy a new gun. DPMS has various models for example in .243 Win, .260 Rem and .308 Win calibers. Armalite makes AR-10 in .308 Win.
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