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A bunch of questions....? which .243 rifle for antelope ?

Old 03-14-2008, 07:07 AM
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On the other hand, I've had rifles that would easily shoot sub MOA and they never accomplished anything spectacular at all hunting.
While it is certainly possible to have great results hunting with a rifle that is only capable of "2.25 MOA", anything less than that is an advantage in that it eliminates a little more of one of the variables that go into having a bullet strike closer to where you want it to land, AT ANY RANGE.

I would venture that any time a very accurate rifle fails to accomplish anything "at all spectacular while hunting", it is NOT due to the use of a highly accurate rifle.

However, I do agree that to keep things reasonable, the .243 Win. may be the best choice. Personally, I would use the 6mm Remington, as I consider it a slightly better cartridge design, and since I handload all my ammunition, lack of awide variety of factory loads is of no concern to me at all.

I would avoid things like the .240 Weatherby, as it hasone of those damned (and worthless eye candy) belts on it. If I were to go for a .30/'06-capacity case for the 6mm, I'd choose the 6mm/284. However, as noted above, you do not want a cartridge of such a great powder capacith that it willeat upyour barrel before you find a good load for it!
What I was seeking to convey here with my tale of the "inaccurate 257 Roberts" was the view that there is or should be a certain "marriage" between man and machine (true in all machines) and if there is this "connection" between the shooter and the gun...it can be a beautiful thing.

Whether or not such a connection occurs very likely has little to do with the sacred sub MOA capability.


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Old 03-14-2008, 08:13 AM
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Why not also check into Cooper Rifles of Montana? Their synthetic stocked offerings are the Phoenix (single shot I believe) or the Jackson Hunter in the 52M series I believe. Various calibes available. Great rifles.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:22 AM
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Cartridge wise go with the 243 if you reload then the 6mm... When someone says light weight I think a Handy rifle.. Which to means short.. I like the ruger compact or the Remington Model 7..
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:29 AM
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Heavy rifle for the plains ..light rifle for the mountains
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:18 PM
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I would but a T/C ICON in 243 Winchester. Get yourself a nice set of rings with a Leupold scope. I wouldn’t but a 240 Weatherby Magnum, ammo &/or brass too expensive. The 243 Winchester using 95 or 100 grain Nosler Partitions is all you need for deer/antelope. Also like the Hornady 75 or 87 grain V-max for varmints.
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