ar15 in 243wssm or ar10 in 243?

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Ring, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Ring

    Ring Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    looking for a 800y+ varmiter...
    both are the same price, 1k

    the ar10 is 1in10, the ar15 i can get in 1-8 or 1-9

    ar10 mags would be cheaper and easy to find, the wssm would be custom and 35$ each.
  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Seems like an either/or type of choice. So it would depend on what you want. Here are my initial thoughts.

    AR10 in 243win - with a 10 twist barrel the heaviest bullet you can shoot is about 90 grains. That's a larger enough bullet to kill deer if you decide to go dual purpose. Also, the 243win is not a barrel burner.

    AR15 in 243wssm - with an 8 or 9 twist, you can shoot the 105grain bullets. The wssm though is a bit of a barrel burner.

    If it was mine, I would choose the AR10.

  3. distantfoe

    distantfoe Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2005
    I had the same problem. I went with the 243 wssm in the ar15 frame for the significant price and weight difference. (Went with a dtech upper with select shillen barrel for ~$900 and a rock river complete lower ~$300. The rifle's primary use will be coyotes, so the weight was definately a priority. One thing about the wssm is the magazine will limit you c.o.l. with longer bullets.

    Not sure why everyone thinks the wssm will be any more of a barrel burner than the winchester. Shoots virtually the same amount of powder.
  4. Orddy

    Orddy Active Member

    Nov 24, 2009

    Those that believe it is.......never have owned on and like too talk smack......