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Old 03-21-2011, 08:17 PM
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Semi-custom Build

I want to get into coyote hunting but a need a rifle first. I am pretty set on the .243 and would like to stay away from the AI's because I don't have the money to buy reloading equipment.

1)What manufacturer would you suggest? and why?

2)Is the .243 a good caliber to shoot under 600?

3)what factory ammo would you use?

Sorry for all the questions, but I don't want to go spend $1000 and be unhappy

-Aaron
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

I think for out of the box accuracy Savage is hard to beat. Their Model 10 Predator is a heck of a rig. You could buy that and fit it with a good scope, sling, bipods, and slip under a K. It's already camo so it saves on the Krylon.

The Vanguard by Weatherby looks great too, but to me it seems a little heavy for walking a lot.

I haven't tried a Tikka yet, but with the rave reviews I am hearing I want to. I just built a Savage 12 with a featherweight Douglas barrel in .204 Ruger and it's working great. Otherwise I would have a new Tikka....
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:42 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

Thanks for the reply, and I made a mistake, I'm not limited to 1000 but probably about 2000 for everything.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:07 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

Well then forget everything I just said. Frankly, as I read my input again it never answered your original question anyways. I forgot about the "semi-custom" in the thread title.

The .243 is a great cartridge and will go to 600 no problem with the proper load. I can not recommend factory ammo of any kind because I haven't purchased or shot factory ammo in 20 years.

Savage is still a great action to build on. Shilen makes great barrels pre-chambered and contoured to match the original contour. It's really easy to swap the barrel on and headspace it yourself too.

I would also recommend taking up reloading. If for no other reason, just so you could have a .243 AI.....
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

I'm eventually going to get into reloading but being only 16 money is tight so I'm going to get into rifle shooting then pick up reloading.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:06 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

So your suggestion would be what Jerry Teo did in his savage tactical project and upgrade to a shilen barrel and that's it?
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:23 PM
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Re: Semi-custom Build

I'd have a hard time passing one of these up if I was just starting out.......

Remington-Arms-Model-Seven-Predator-Centerfire-Rifle

If it shot, you're money ahead, if not, it's a great platform to build on.
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