.243 Varminter

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by petenz, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    I have a .17HMR which has me covered out to around 200 yards, a .223 which is good out to 300 and then some (I know .223 can go further but it's a 'walkabout' varminter with a 3.5-10x scope) and a .204 which is good to 450-500. I am going to get a .243 so I can try for some really long shots, and am leaning towards using the 95gr SMK or Berger VLD.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. chucksniper

    chucksniper Well-Known Member

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    87 hornady v-max 38 grains IMR 4064 If it double groups drop the charge a half a grain
     

  3. trebark

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  4. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    Damn, that's a nice rifle. I'm gonna have to get a .243 built now, instead of buying a remington VLS



    This place sucks, it costs me too much money:D:eek::(
     
  5. landcbeitner

    landcbeitner Well-Known Member

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    The 243 is an excellent cartridge in my opinion, but doing a custom build will give you a much better rifle for longrange. Not just for better accuracy, but because you need a faster twist than commonly available in factory 243's to stablize the high BC bullets that give you favorable longrange ballistics. It seems to be very popular among the varmint crowd to use light bullets at very hgih speeds to give the best trajectory for under 500yds (also best for gut splattering impacts). Since you are talking about going beyond 500yds the faster twist will likely be your best bet. I use a 1:8 twist but I know guys going 1:7.5 for the 115gr DTAC and others. I use the 108gr Berger BT (.546 BC) my rifle really seems to like them and I can mag feed in a short action while still touching the lands.
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    I know how you feel when it comes to spending dough on a custom rifle. If you want to save a few bucks you could go with a Savage and build it your self. I've built several rifle this way with excellent results. I just finished a 7wsm pictured here...
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    I haven't got a load worked up that it likes yet but I've only shot it once. I built this 308 and it is a 1/2 MOA out to 500yds, not increadable, but excellent for what I spent.
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    I'm partial to the Remington action (it's what I grew up with and just feels nicer IMO). If you feel the same, have a smith build you something you'll love for years to come.
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Lucas:
    what brand and model is the stock on your .308?

    I'm evaluating stocks for a .223 I will be building after deer season.
     
  7. landcbeitner

    landcbeitner Well-Known Member

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    It's a Stockade "prarie dog special". It's excellent for shooting prone, I really like it.

    You can check them out here...

    www.stockadegunstocks.com