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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on June 29, 2009
I love all three of those rifle calibers but the one that I love to shoot is the 223. What bbl. twist would you order if the .223 was your choice?
I'd go with a .243, basically because that's the caliber I'm most familiar/confident with. Whichever you choose, congrats, I'm sure it's gonna be a sweet rifle.
I'd get the .243 because they don't kick your arm off.
If I hunted prarie dogs I'd go with the .223, as it is the .243 makes more sense for me.
When you have a custom rifle, you wish you could use it for everything. Get the .243. You can still slam whistlepigs and pasture pooches with it as well as predators, and you're good to go on goats and deer too. If you burn out the barrel you can rebarrel to .308, .260, 7-08, .358, or .338 Federal if you like.
243 is a good caliber
I'm with most here Del. .243 will cover "alot of ground".
the hunter- none of the calibers he said would kick your arm off. DEL- i believe it's you that owns the Kimber 25-06, correct me if i'm wrong. that might be Jim in Mo. so what's the point of buying a .243 when you have such a similar rifle caliber? you can match the grain weight bullets for a .25-06 with a .243. i say go for the 223 because ammo is cheap as hell and reloading supplies are very popular for the 223. just my opinion
I would go with the .223 because that caliber is good with coyotes, turkeys (in the fall if your state allows) and other small varmint like 'coons or porcupines.
Definetly .243...not a lot of kick and really fun to shoot
If you are going to use the gun strictly for varmint hunting, then I would get the .22-250; it is ballistically superior over the .223. I know that you reload, so the prices of factory ammunition will not play a factor in this decision. However, if there is a chance that you may want to use this gun for something other than varmints, you will have to side with the .243. It's just my opinion (and in many places it is legally stated) that the .24 caliber is the minimum caliber for deer sized game.
22-250 is the choice and if not, 25-06!
.22-250 definitely #1.
The .243 is a ladies, kids, and old man's punk gun!
Just my opinion, humble as always....
.223 it seems like a more versatile cartridge for larger game and small game alike.
None are exactly men's crtridges! Just kidding! I would get the .243
I agree with streack, If you are only going to use it for varmints I would go with the 22-250, but for an all around rilfe I would go with the .243.
It depends what your going to do with your rifle. If your going to shoot varmints, either of them will do. Targets: There are better choices than those but I would go with the .223 just choosing from your list.
From my experiance with the .223 and .22-250, I would get the .223. I can shoot double the rounds before my barrel gets too hot and I really can't tell a big difference in trajectory to be honest.
If your going to shoot past 500 yards I would get the .243, better ballistics and higher BC bullets, also you can use it for an all around rifle, as others have stated.
So personally I would either get it in .223 or .243
A .243 can do all the things the .22 cals can and a whole lot more when you get into larger game hunting...
Large game and .243 are somewhat mutually exclusive terms. Sort of like Congressional oversight, jumbo shrimp, government budget management, garden burger,.....
yeah seems like the .223 is a pretty versitle cartridge but then again ive never shot any of the guns you listed
Not sure what uses you have in mind for your new toy but if strictly varmints, I'd leave out the .243 and lean toward the .223 due to ammo availablity, componenets, etc. Never was much on a .243. Saw your tent review in the magazine, nice to put a face with the name. Good shooting to ya.
Go for the 243, lots of different bullet weights to reload and good for everything from deer down to june bugs. Warren Page would roll over in his grave if he knew some of the people on here are calling it a ladies caliber.
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