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What do you think about a 243 WSSM

 
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:18 PM
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What do you think about a 243 WSSM

I am thinking of building a second XP 100 in 243 WSSM.
what do you all ,or People think of this Cartridge.I just aquired my second XP 100 in 221 Fireball.
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:38 PM
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

I'm sure it'll work fine but like several other cartridges in the big flood of new ones, it doesn't fill any gaps.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:52 PM
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

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I think its a brilliant choice, of coarse I just ordered a 17" barrel chambered in 6.5 wssm. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Seriously, I think anything on super short mag is ideal for a specialty pistol, the shorter case leaves more of the barrel rifled than the traditional 308 based rounds, that means MORE SPEED.(I hope)

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Old 02-15-2007, 07:50 PM
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

Winmag, let us know how that 6.5 works out. Sounds like a fun little cartridge. What kind of velocity are you expecting out of it?
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

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I'm sure it'll work fine but like several other cartridges in the big flood of new ones, it doesn't fill any gaps.

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I completely agree with ranger. The .243 AI or 6-284 will likely do the same thing in terms of performance. But regardless, with the .221 bolt face you are going to be spending money to get that opened up. If you go .243WSSM and do not like it then you have to go with another larger case head cartridge as a replacement unless you want to spend more moola to get the bolthead fitted for a smaller casehead. If you do the .308 size case head and do not like something then you have a lot of options from the small BR cases to the .284 Win based rounds.

BUT......the fun factor says "Try it!". My 270-243 WSSM (officially .270 OTTR) shoots 140gr Hornady BTSP's to 2605fps at top end in 50 degree weather. Barrel length is 14"...wish it were 16".
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:41 AM
 
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

I checked case capacity between .243wssm & my .243Ackly the wssm only had a 1.5 gr greater capacity.I think the case is a little big for that action.
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:46 AM
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Re: What do you think about a 243 WSSM

I think it would be a fine caliber in the XP. The efficiency of the shorter cartridges has been around for a while (22,6,6.5 BR). For me the WSM and WSSM cartridges work great. with the shorter barrels,I know I will not get the full velocity of the short mag case but I am getting the velocities of what a standard case would be from a 22" to 26" barreled rifle, ie: my 300 WSM HS velocities are what a "06" improved would be from a 22 " barrel.
long story short is that you will get higher velocities than the 308 based case and less than the short mags advertised velocities
go for it and keep us updated on your new caliber. looking forward to the info on the 6.5 on a WSSM as well.
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