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Old 05-15-2007, 10:20 PM
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What is an 22 243

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I was watching The Best of the West T V show an they was shooting an 22 243 Rifle .

Can you give me some details on thse 22 243 ?


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Old 05-15-2007, 10:22 PM
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Re: What is an 22 243

I would assume it would be the 243 necked down to a .224 diameter.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:29 PM
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Re: What is an 22 243

Yep, a 243 necked to 22 cal. And if ya don't put enough 4831 in it it'll come apart on ya. Was standing w/in 10' of one when she when up in smoke. Been skeer'd of 'em ever since.

Something about secondary or reflected pressure wave????

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Old 05-16-2007, 09:24 AM
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Re: What is an 22 243

One of the shooting mag writers made one, (Carmichel from outdoor life??) called it a 22 Cheetah. Actually trhat was a 22-308br. If I remember correctly it was a real screemer but a little finiky. There are a lot of variations of them out there. A little faster than the 220Swift.
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:17 AM
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Re: What is an 22 243

Just drive out to western oklahoma and ask them all about it, they will give you a ear full!! Real popular round out in that neck of the woods. Personnally i would tell you to go with something in 6mm, better bullets

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:04 PM
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Re: What is an 22 243

I have two 22-243 ackleys right now and have nothing bad to say about them except they can be hard on barrels. Take 243 laupa brass neck it down to 224. My 22-243 ackleys are wonderfully accurate at 3600 fps plus with 80 grain a-max's. No problems finding a load to shoot. and not to finicky with 7828 imr and 80 grain pills. I would only go with a 22-243 if you went with a 8 twist to shoots the 80 grain pills. Thanks Reed
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:44 PM
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Re: What is an 22 243

The original 22-243 was developed by Paul Middlested, of San Diego, in 1965. As noted, it's just the .243 case necked down to .224. The .243 case body remains the same but the shoulder angle is increased to 30 degrees.

FWIW, I've had good results with H414 in all my big case varmint cartridges, and using only one powder (and a ball powder, at that) makes reloading a lot easier.
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