If you have read my last 2 posts about either buying or making a rifle for long range hunting and shooting. I was strongly leaning towards the 243. win or 243. ackley improved. My neighbor and his best friend are huge into reloading, and told me they would be more then happy to reload for me as long as i supplied. My neighbor is a huge fan of the 243. win, and his buddy is a huge fan of the 243. ackley improved. I love the 243. win myself and im very interested in the Ackley Improved cartridges. Where i hunt around my house shots can be well past 1000 yards, but the majority of long shots around between 400-700 yards. When i go down south my buddy's place, he lives in Montana so shots can be extremely long. I would like to be capable of shooting and hunting out to 500-600 yards for varmints. Now i know loaded right, with the right equipment, the 243. win and AI are more then capable of doing it. Everyone keeps telling me to leave the 243. win and AI behind and go for a 6mm or 6.5 cartridge of some sort. Does the 6.5 really have that much advantage over the 243. Im not entering long range competitions, im not looking to break records, im interested in long range hunting and shooting and want to set my own records.