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sako 75 .280 or steyr .243?

Old 05-18-2011, 12:06 AM
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Hello all newbie here,
I'm looking for my first bolt action rifle so I'm a little green here. It will mostly be used for just fun plinking but I plan on some hunting trips with family members for deer or boar. I've been looking around at the big box places however I stumbled into a local store of mine that was selling these 2 new guns at reduced prices obviously to move inventory at what seem like low prices. The Sako 75 in .280 was originally $1350 but is on sale for $800 and the Steyr Pro Hunter .243 was originally $990 but selling for $600. The Sako is traditional Walnut while the Steyr was spaceage like but felt nice shouldered.

Can anyone give any input on these two and if there are just better options for the same budget?
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:02 AM
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It sounds like the Steyr has a composite stock.

If all you are doing is going after deer and boar the .243 should od the job just fine.

The guy I work for has gone after some bigger feral pigs in the southern states, and for the biggest of those he shot, I would prefer the .280 for that even though the .243 could kill them. Sometimes that extra oomph is nice to have just to be certain.

Also look into ammo availability unless you do your own reloading. Some calibers are harder to get ammo for than others. The .243 caliber is so widely used that you can almost always get ammo for that caliber. The .280 up here isn't all that popular so getting ammo can be tough.

I suggest getting the .280 if you can.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:52 AM
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I am not familiar with either rifle you listed but I do have a 243 and a 280. I personally perfer the 280, I dont even shoot the 243 anymore, but as stated above it is a fine cartridge that will do what you want and ammo is a lot easier to find and cheaper. I would go with the 280 though, a lot more versatile round that is capable of killing anything you may plan to hunt in the future. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:51 AM
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I have a Sako 75 (in 30-06 not .280 though). It's a dandy, well built, has a great trigger and shoots very well. I have no experience (other than just holding) the Steyr Pro Hunters. That said, there are many other choices for you to consider that would do the job. Check out Ruger Hawkeyes, Tikkas, Wby Vanguards, Browning X Bolts, Rem 700, Win 70, etc. Pick the one that feels best in a regular caliber with easily located ammo.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:59 AM
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Take a look at these;

Recommend a .270 win for your use.

http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=117270

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:21 PM
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Default sako 75 .280 or steyr .243

Thanks for the feedback so far. Yes I looked at ammo today and it was not easy to find .280 and it was almost double the cost of .243. Has anyone had any experiance with the Steyr Pro Hunter as I'm still considering it?

I was looking at a few .270's today and they were all pretty nice Winchester 70, Browning A Bolt, Savage Classic. They all seemed fairly similar but thats only from looking and shouldering them. The worker mentioned practicing with reduced recoil ammo. Has anyone tried it and does it really work?

Thanks again
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:42 PM
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I suggest getting 2 rifles - the centerfire and a .22 Long Rifle that has the same action as the centerfire. You will save the cost of the .22 LR with your ammo savings. Savage has some good bolt action rifles in .22LR. Work on your form and accuracy starting with the .22LR. Form is very important as is proper fit of the firearm. Look at taking the NRA Basic Rifle course.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:43 PM
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It seems you have your mind made up..........so here you go.


http://www.chuckhawks.com/steyr_pro-hunter.htm
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:53 PM
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Thanks........yes I have a Ruger 10/22 and I know it's not a bolt action but it's a fun little gun. I shoot just never really a bolt action very often. We use to shoot my father in laws 06 at the range and I just remember thinking why not go with less recoil if I'm at the range 90% of the time. Who know's maybe I'll just suck it up sure it's not much worse than my 12g.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:58 PM
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I am very familiar with the Styer Pro-Hunter. Mine is in 308 Win., and is what they refer to as the Mountain rifle. Has a 20" barrel. Note that the length of pull is easily adjusted by adding or removing the spacers. My Pro Hunter shoots lights out. I hunt with 4 guys that also use Pro Hunters ... 30.06 Spr., anther 308 Win., and 2 - 7mm/08's. I have heard zero complaints from these guys. In my opinion the factory trigger on mine is great but not superb. As for cartridge? Though I obviously prefer 30 cal., the 243 Win. is a fine deer hunting round, and in my opinion the higher quality 100 gr. controlled expansion bullets are the way to go for deer or hogs. I load for my daughter's 243 Win. I use 100 gr. Partitions. I am not familiar with the Sako 75, or any other Sako rifle. But the 280 Rem. I know well ! It is a superb round for medium game (about equivalent to the 270 Win. in performance) and would be my choice of the two as far as cartridge. Bottom line .... either will do the job well. If "plinking" is also in the picture, then I am of the opinion the 243 is the way to go.
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