Re: Is the 243 really that good?
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For me, barrell life is a serious consideration.
[/ QUOTE ]Highpower competitive shooters have used the .243 Win. in matches from 100 to 600 yards. Great cartridge and many winning scores were shot; a few records have been set with the .243 as I remember. Very accurate, too; tests have put 20 shots into about 2 inches at 600 yards.
Barrel life was about 1300 to 1500 rounds before top competitive shooters noticed accuracy falling off. Considering the cartridge is overbore in powder charges used, 1400 rounds ain't too shabby.