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Thinking of buying a .243 WSSM but heard they might stop making shells for it anybody else hear that or what can i check to find out for sure

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Seems to be a trend with the short magnums...the price of the ammo is outrageous so people don't bother buying the guns because there are tried and true guns out there that are much cheaper to shoot. My advice would be to save your money unless you want to buy it as a collector's item.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I am not a .243 caliber fan, but the .243 Winchester (based on the .308 case) is one of the top ten sellers every year. The .243 WSSM, 223 WSSM, 7mm SAUM, and probably others will fade into obscurity. The .243 Win pushes those light bullets fast enough already. Any enhanced performance will be at the expense of ruined meat. Buy hula hoops instead. They will come back somme day....

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

you can always reload but if you want the rifle get it but ammo price will always be a factor with the wssm because it didnt become popular also 2 members of my hunting party has the 243 wssm thier are problems with these rifles one is the loading spring they are week or thats what they tell me i dont no for sure but its thier guns so i take it as truth
but the do shoot very well i have to say . my self the old regular 243 is the best choice for that cailber as well as for price of ammo

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I would just buy a regular .243 and never look back. The .243 WSSM is interesting, but it's an answer to a question that wasn't a question in my book. Better yet, buy a .257 Roberts, or a 25-06, or maybe a .260 Remington, and have something that has more usable punch and capability.

The WSSM ammo is royally expensive and there isn't a true performance gain for the extra $$$ spent. If you reload maybe you could justify it, but you would still be better off with something else IMHO.

I'm guilty of owning a .270WSM, but I reload, and I have enough brass & components set aside to last the life of the barrel of my gun. It's not quite as much a bastard child as any of the WSSM's, and seems to be sort of hanging on as a viable cartridge. I would bet a large amount of money the WSSM's will go the way of the dodo.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

It's just speculation that the WSSM's and WSM's will soon be obsolete, but it seems likely. Stick with a conventional cartridge like the .243win or .25-06 or .270 instead.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Its a good possibility. I have a 32 special. They dont mass produce bullets for it any more as well. I can get the hornady leverloution for like 35 a box. Far cry from the 10 I paid 3 years ago. This is happening more and more with alot of the calibers. Ammo is getting more and more expensive as the years pass. Go with a popular caliber, 270 or 243 are great shells and will take down near anything needed. Dont see either of those going away anytime soon.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I'm with most of these guys and would even agree with possibly looking at a different caliber. I had a .243 win for a number of years and it worked fairly well for what I hunted. but it lacks the versatility of the .270 range cartridges. The .25-06 would be a fun one to look into with just a bit more versatility than the .243. Same goes for the .260 Rem.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Jestr1, i get Leverevolutions and Core-lokts for my .32spl for about $21 to 24 a box by ordering from Midwayusa.com, natchezss.com and the like. Because of shipping, it pays to order at least 5 or so boxes, but it's way cheaper than you're paying, FYI. I also find some still on the shelves of the Mom and pop shops, though it's likely a couple years old, often prices reflect.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Just get a regular .243 Win..more rifle choices, ammo is cheap, and lots of variety in bullet weights and loads...kills everything from squirrels to deer with ease...my favorite caliber for all around gun...light recoil makes it easy on the senses....

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from rezavoirdog wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Stay with the .243 Winchester or .25-06. Those 2 have plenty of velocity and kinetic energy to put down most big game from Antelope to Elk (Shot placement is key). If I were to get any type of magnum rifle, it would be a 257 Weatherby Magnum or a 300 Weatherby Magnum...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Crystal Ball really fuzzy!

I see an Old Man with 06 with Big Buck, Big Smile and Pretty Girl!

HEY! That's Me and my Grand Daughter!

Look out Guys, Whitley will be 8 is hitting the woods next year!

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from Josh Dutt wrote 26 weeks 2 days ago

i own a 243wssm, yes there hard to find because now they are no longer in production how ever, the wssm sends a 55g bullet screaming at over 4000 fps. the 95 g and 100 g are also still in the mid to high 3s. its an accuate gun too i shot my first deer out of the box at 200yds. all i had done was clean and bore sight the gun. the gun will put bullets in the same hole all day long. i love mine but i could be a lil bias it was the gun iused to take my first deer and my dad gave me that rifle. i own a 308 and a 30 06 and a slug gun as far as deer rifles go. you lible to buger more meat with a 308 than the 243wssm trust me. but dont get me wrong that little thing will clean out a deers power house. ill get off my little soap box now, just wanted to say i love mine

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

you can always reload but if you want the rifle get it but ammo price will always be a factor with the wssm because it didnt become popular also 2 members of my hunting party has the 243 wssm thier are problems with these rifles one is the loading spring they are week or thats what they tell me i dont no for sure but its thier guns so i take it as truth
but the do shoot very well i have to say . my self the old regular 243 is the best choice for that cailber as well as for price of ammo

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Seems to be a trend with the short magnums...the price of the ammo is outrageous so people don't bother buying the guns because there are tried and true guns out there that are much cheaper to shoot. My advice would be to save your money unless you want to buy it as a collector's item.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I would just buy a regular .243 and never look back. The .243 WSSM is interesting, but it's an answer to a question that wasn't a question in my book. Better yet, buy a .257 Roberts, or a 25-06, or maybe a .260 Remington, and have something that has more usable punch and capability.

The WSSM ammo is royally expensive and there isn't a true performance gain for the extra $$$ spent. If you reload maybe you could justify it, but you would still be better off with something else IMHO.

I'm guilty of owning a .270WSM, but I reload, and I have enough brass & components set aside to last the life of the barrel of my gun. It's not quite as much a bastard child as any of the WSSM's, and seems to be sort of hanging on as a viable cartridge. I would bet a large amount of money the WSSM's will go the way of the dodo.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I am not a .243 caliber fan, but the .243 Winchester (based on the .308 case) is one of the top ten sellers every year. The .243 WSSM, 223 WSSM, 7mm SAUM, and probably others will fade into obscurity. The .243 Win pushes those light bullets fast enough already. Any enhanced performance will be at the expense of ruined meat. Buy hula hoops instead. They will come back somme day....

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

It's just speculation that the WSSM's and WSM's will soon be obsolete, but it seems likely. Stick with a conventional cartridge like the .243win or .25-06 or .270 instead.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Its a good possibility. I have a 32 special. They dont mass produce bullets for it any more as well. I can get the hornady leverloution for like 35 a box. Far cry from the 10 I paid 3 years ago. This is happening more and more with alot of the calibers. Ammo is getting more and more expensive as the years pass. Go with a popular caliber, 270 or 243 are great shells and will take down near anything needed. Dont see either of those going away anytime soon.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I'm with most of these guys and would even agree with possibly looking at a different caliber. I had a .243 win for a number of years and it worked fairly well for what I hunted. but it lacks the versatility of the .270 range cartridges. The .25-06 would be a fun one to look into with just a bit more versatility than the .243. Same goes for the .260 Rem.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Jestr1, i get Leverevolutions and Core-lokts for my .32spl for about $21 to 24 a box by ordering from Midwayusa.com, natchezss.com and the like. Because of shipping, it pays to order at least 5 or so boxes, but it's way cheaper than you're paying, FYI. I also find some still on the shelves of the Mom and pop shops, though it's likely a couple years old, often prices reflect.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Just get a regular .243 Win..more rifle choices, ammo is cheap, and lots of variety in bullet weights and loads...kills everything from squirrels to deer with ease...my favorite caliber for all around gun...light recoil makes it easy on the senses....

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from rezavoirdog wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Stay with the .243 Winchester or .25-06. Those 2 have plenty of velocity and kinetic energy to put down most big game from Antelope to Elk (Shot placement is key). If I were to get any type of magnum rifle, it would be a 257 Weatherby Magnum or a 300 Weatherby Magnum...

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from Josh Dutt wrote 26 weeks 2 days ago

i own a 243wssm, yes there hard to find because now they are no longer in production how ever, the wssm sends a 55g bullet screaming at over 4000 fps. the 95 g and 100 g are also still in the mid to high 3s. its an accuate gun too i shot my first deer out of the box at 200yds. all i had done was clean and bore sight the gun. the gun will put bullets in the same hole all day long. i love mine but i could be a lil bias it was the gun iused to take my first deer and my dad gave me that rifle. i own a 308 and a 30 06 and a slug gun as far as deer rifles go. you lible to buger more meat with a 308 than the 243wssm trust me. but dont get me wrong that little thing will clean out a deers power house. ill get off my little soap box now, just wanted to say i love mine

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Crystal Ball really fuzzy!

I see an Old Man with 06 with Big Buck, Big Smile and Pretty Girl!

HEY! That's Me and my Grand Daughter!

Look out Guys, Whitley will be 8 is hitting the woods next year!

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