What make and model to buy ???

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by dstegjas, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. dstegjas

    dstegjas Active Member

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    I have been having this urge to have a .243 in a varmint rig. I already have a T/C Contender in a 17HMR (Bullberry) and .223 (MGM) carbine. I also have a Remington VS in .308 too. I think the .243 would complete the whole varmint package. So what I am looking for here is recommendations on what make and model to look at. I have listed a few other guidelines and questions below.

    1.) I am left handed, so I will need a left handed bolt.

    2.) Price not to exceed $750 for the gun.

    3.) Buy new or used.

    4.) Buy used and rebarrel.


    Tell me what you guys think I need.

    Jim
     
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  2. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Well-Known Member

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    Savage Model: 16 FLHSS. No heavy barrels, that caliber, in their lineup with a bolt on the wrong side. Out of the box accuracy is difficult to beat.
     

  3. dstegjas

    dstegjas Active Member

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    Thanks for the reply MrMasjestic. I like the stainless and I agree about their accuracy out of the box. I am curious about you comment about no heavy barrel. What's your reason for that ?

    Jim
     
  4. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Well-Known Member

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    I was just stating that they don't make a heavy barrel with your requirements.
     
  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    You might be able to call the factory and have a Mod16 fitted with a heavy barrel. They do take custom orders for stuff like that. From what I understand it doesn't cost that much more.

    Tank
     
  6. dstegjas

    dstegjas Active Member

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    Thanks liltank.

    I think I have decided on the Remington 700 SPS Varmint in .243. It's not a special order from the factory. So the delivery time shouldn't be to long. I have not heard a lot of good things about the stock on them. So I will probably replace it with a HS Precision stock if I don't like it. I was able to find a dealer that would sell me one for $565. Not a bad price for a varmint rifle.

    Jim
     
  7. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Well-Known Member

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    Good for you. Only heard good things about them.
     
  8. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Good choice. Also, good move to replace the stock. The factory stock is cheap tupperware. When you get the stock, have your smith bed the stock, tune the trigger to ~2lbs, lap the lugs and recrown the barrel (~$200). Put a good scope on it and it will be good to go.

    I had a Rem700SPS Varmint 308 that started life the same way....

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-308-1k-rifle-evolution-continues-43510/

    This rifle was eventually transformed into a custom 260...

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-260-mcr-59628/
     
  9. tt35

    tt35 Well-Known Member

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    Good choice. It should make you a great longer range varmint rifle and double as coyote hammer if you get the chance. The BDL bottom metal is handier for unloading than a blind magazine also. Good luck! Let us know how she shoots.
     
  10. burhead

    burhead Active Member

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    [I would buy a Savage if you want to go with a stock rifle. I you want to put together a good long range varmit rifle I would build a 6 by 47 lapua. Less powder more speed than 243.
     
  11. billm67

    billm67 Well-Known Member

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    Good choice on the SPS varmint. I have used them for several "semi" custom rifles in the last few years. Swap out the stock and tune up the trigger and you will usually have a pretty good shooting rifle. Have the crown recut and it will get even better. I have used b&C stocks on the last several and have been very happy with them. I would like to try one of the new m24 stock from them....if you could find one.

    And a 243 is a great caliber choice. Very versatile and easy to load. You're going to have a great rifle!