Traded an AR upper for a Savage striker in 22-250 a while back. Was not real impressed with the outfit for shootin prairie dogs= it would hit dogs but even with blue-dot loads a guy just cant see the carnage as it unfolds like a rifle.
Here in Wyoming it takes at least 6MM to hunt big game so the 22-250 barrel had to go. Plenty of Savage barrels laying aroud here but they are all 22" or more long. Grabbed a sporter 243 barrel I had for another project. Being the titewad that I is I introduced the 22" 243 barrel to the sawsall and ened up with 2 barrels= One 15" long and another real cute little 7 incher
After a little hand stoneing on the crown and a good cleaning the bare metel got painted with a black magic marker. No I aint gonna show no pics cause it aint worth lookin at.
Now I needed a load for the little beast, there are three other 243s in the safe but all loads are geared tward varmints. Looking through the bullet invintory I found some 85 and 95 grain Partitions to go in front of some IMR4831 that isnt getting used for anything else.
Range day found me loading all the big game candidates into the Tahoe.
Ruger 308 Baer topped with a 16x IOR
Ruger 7Mag topped with a 16x IOR
Savage 708 topped with a 4-14 Leupold
Sporterized 6.5x55 Swede engineers carbine with original military sites
Savage single shot 25-06 with 12x Leuplod
Savage striker with the new custom 243 barrel topped with a bushnell 2-6
Long story made a little shorter the Striker was the hands down winner putting everything I shot through it inside an inch @ 100 yards and the Partitions stayed MOA to 550 yards. Even busted a few coyote sized rocks out past 800 yards... Not on the first shot but it should be a little easier when a rifle scope gets swapped in.
Been a while since I've had a gun that was soo easy to get shooting let alone a pistol. The 243 might be a little on the small side but as good as it shoots I'm in no hurry to intoduce the 6.5-284 or 30-06 barrels to the sawsall. Sure feels good to finaly scratch that pistol ich, October 15 seams way too far off