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#844524 - 07/30/08 05:49 AM 243 suggestions for son
TNRAMBLINGMAN
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I am considering getting my son a 243 before hunting season. I was thinking a 700 or a Tikka T3. Any other ideas?

I would also consider a used version - 243 or maybe a 25/06, if anyone here has one for sale.

I want a 22" or longer fairly heavy gun, not a youth model.

My son is 11 and has decided that his youth model 308 model 700 kicks too much.

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#844578 - 07/30/08 06:21 AM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: TNRAMBLINGMAN]
Kimberman
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A Browning Micro would fit the bill well. The Tikka is always a good choice. I would look at a .260 if recoil is a concern. Another option is to download the .308 until he gets bigger and can handle the recoil. A 125 gr Ballistic Tip around 2600 FPS would work well. If you dont handload Remington and Federal make reduced recoil loads.
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#844596 - 07/30/08 06:31 AM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: Kimberman]
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Stick with the Tikka,IMHO and he'll have a rifle to be proud of,my boys are.In hind sight after rasing 3 boys that all hunt and this is their opinion as well,the 7mm-08 is what I should have started them with and they swear they will use that caliber for their youngin's when they start hunting.
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#844598 - 07/30/08 06:32 AM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: Kimberman]
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Tikka....
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#844913 - 07/30/08 09:10 AM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: TNRAMBLINGMAN]
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I wholeheartedly agree with Kimberman. If you have a youth .308 you have a great rifle already. My 12 yo son has killed 6 deer over the last 2 seasons with his youth .308 Model 7. I do load the rounds just like Kimberman said-125g NBT at about 26-2700 fps. They are great fast killers and my son is not afraid of recoil at all-cause it is very mild. Thus he shoots it well.

If I were buying a new rifle for him(always a good thing) I would get a .260 over a .243 too. Good luck. Plateau Hunter
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#845431 - 07/30/08 02:23 PM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: Plateau Hunter]
Hogbear
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I have a Ruger 77 with a 24" heavy barrel and it basically has no recoil when compared to my .30-06 A-bolt and is very quiet for a centerfire rifle too. It's a workout totin' it through the hills though.
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#845515 - 07/30/08 03:16 PM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: TNRAMBLINGMAN]
Cull Buck Hunter
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Have you tried an aftermarket recoil pad, they work wonders, Simms makes a quality product. That might save you some money and solve the recoil problem.





 Originally Posted By: TNRAMBLINGMAN
I am considering getting my son a 243 before hunting season. I was thinking a 700 or a Tikka T3. Any other ideas?

I would also consider a used version - 243 or maybe a 25/06, if anyone here has one for sale.

I want a 22" or longer fairly heavy gun, not a youth model.

My son is 11 and has decided that his youth model 308 model 700 kicks too much.
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#845948 - 07/30/08 08:00 PM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: Kimberman]
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
A Browning Micro would fit the bill well. The Tikka is always a good choice. I would look at a .260 if recoil is a concern. Another option is to download the .308 until he gets bigger and can handle the recoil. A 125 gr Ballistic Tip around 2600 FPS would work well. If you dont handload Remington and Federal make reduced recoil loads.


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#846405 - 07/31/08 06:48 AM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: TNRAMBLINGMAN]
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I love my Encore .243. Very little kick and it's small size fits me perfect. Another option is to try the reduced recoil .308 loads and keep what you've got.
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#847128 - 07/31/08 01:26 PM Re: 243 suggestions for son [Re: Gravey]
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Dittios to Kimbermans,Plateau Hunter & CBH
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