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Old 12-14-2004, 06:15 PM
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I am about to buy my first .243 . I will use it for varmints, target shooting and deer hunting. I have narrowed it down to the Remington 700 CDL and the Winchester 70 Featherweight. Both of these are comparably priced and i want to know which is better, more accurate. I am also open to suggestions for other models.
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:25 PM
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i personally like the winchester
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:43 PM
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i own the winchest featherweight classic and love it. however both are great guns
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:45 PM
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I love browings but whichesters are their sister company so i guess second best in my books.
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:55 PM
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Go with the chester
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:59 PM
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Ive always liked Ruger Model 77's.
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:01 PM
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I have a Rem 700 BDL .243 matte barrel w/ custom grey& black laminated stock.

I love it more than Strawberry Cheesecake !!
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:44 PM
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I would go with the Remington but I would pick the 25-06 rather than the 243. Much better deer rifle.
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:52 PM
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I have a push feed Featherweight .243 that is a delightful little rifle. It did not shoot well out of the box, however; I had to free float the barrel and adjust the trigger pull. Fortunately these were both easy tasks and now it groups under an inch with handloads, but I need to let the barrel cool between shots to do so. The Winchester trigger is the easiest around to adjust yourself.

I am now also very fond of Remington 700s, having bought two this year. I love them both. I must say that it is hard to beat Big Green for out-of-box accuracy, but the Winchester Featherweight has a better trigger, a better safety, and best of all, a Mauser claw extractor with controlled feed.

I suspect that you'd be happy with either choice; shoulder them both and go with the one that fits you best.
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:35 AM
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As previously suggested,
I suspect that you'd be happy with either choice; shoulder them both and go with the one that fits you best.
The Remingotn and the Winchester are both excellent rifles. I tend to like the looks of the Winchester Featherweight a little more than the Remington, but both are fine.
The Winchester trigger is easier to adjust, and the bolt strips down for cleaning easier.
I guess I'd go for the Winchester.
Or, maybe a Ruger, or a Sako [:-]
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