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#3245858 - 06/01/20 09:30 PM Compact rifle options in 243
Burnsome... Offline
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Registered: 11/24/18
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Loc: GA
I'm looking at the T/C Compass II Compact and the Ruger American in 243. Both have threaded 16" barrels which I want. Night hunting rig for coyotes primarily is the goal. Any user feedback on which one might be better than the other? TIA!



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#3245859 - 06/01/20 09:38 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
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Registered: 02/04/19
Posts: 296
Loc: ND
I have friends with both (not in 243) but they are both very happy with them. Both moa or less. I'd say whichever felt better to you. Personally, I have owned 2 Ruger centerfires and they were the least accurate guns I've ever owned and not cheap so it'd be the TC for me! Good luck

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#3245899 - 06/02/20 12:12 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
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Thanks P&Y. I'm leaning towards the TC. Most Rugers I've owned havent excelled in the accuracy department, but that's going back quite a few years. I've read they are improving in that category though.
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#3245913 - 06/02/20 03:10 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
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Loc: ND
That's what I hear as well.

After purchasing two late model M77 all weathers that shot horribly even after bedding ect I personally avoid Ruger like COVID!

Good luck

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#3245922 - 06/02/20 07:33 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
Terry Lightle Offline
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Registered: 01/13/19
Posts: 139
Loc: Sand Springs,Okla
I am looking at the Tikka T 3X compact in 243,serious enough that I bought a barrel last week for when it will be needed in the future,I know how buying the barrel sounds silly but it was so cheap I had to buy it.It will fit my 22-250 anyway.

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#3245932 - 06/02/20 10:18 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
Jason50cal Offline
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Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 41
Loc: Ohio
I would go with the Compass. I have both and the T/C is more accurate

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#3245937 - 06/02/20 10:39 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Jason50cal]
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: WA
A couple locals have the Ruger in .243 and continue to have repeat magazine problems.
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#3245964 - 06/03/20 12:51 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
Frankm Offline
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Registered: 10/25/19
Posts: 115
Loc: Idaho
I believe Rem has a threaded 18 or 20" rifle as well as Weatherby in the Vanguard. Might be a couple other options to check out.

Friend got a 243 youth in the Marlin, believe it was a X7 model, and it was a nice gun. Helped him set it up for his grandson and it shot submoa right off the bat. His did NOT have a threaded barrel so might throw it out of contention for you.

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#3245974 - 06/03/20 09:50 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
redhaven Offline
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Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 149
Loc: MO
I'm not a huge fan of either of the rifles mentioned,but I think I would go TC. Winchester made a run of 16" threaded XPRs this year, I think that would be a better option without too much additional cost.

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#3245979 - 06/03/20 10:51 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Frankm]
Winny Fan Offline
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Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2154
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Frankm
I believe Rem has a threaded 18 or 20" rifle as well as Weatherby in the Vanguard. Might be a couple other options to check out.

Friend got a 243 youth in the Marlin, believe it was a X7 model, and it was a nice gun. Helped him set it up for his grandson and it shot submoa right off the bat. His did NOT have a threaded barrel so might throw it out of contention for you.


Originally Posted By: Terry Lightle
I am looking at the Tikka T 3X compact in 243,serious enough that I bought a barrel last week for when it will be needed in the future,I know how buying the barrel sounds silly but it was so cheap I had to buy it.It will fit my 22-250 anyway.


Its refreshing to see a couple of posters looking at quality over just getting something that goes bang every time that the operator pulls the trigger. There is a reason that both of the OP's suggestions are being sold cheaply. If you buy cheap you typically get cheap with almost zilch resale value if you decide to peddle it (read as poor sustainable quality - much like a BIC lighter).

I'll toss in a totally unreasonable option. Look for a used Kimber Montana in 243 or buy a current model one which, IIRC, is threaded. I know that some like to complain loudly on the internet about "literally spending a fortune" and its not accurate out of the box. After over a dozen purchases, that has not been my experience at all with rifles with the name "Kimber" on them. I have tweeked a couple of them to get them to shoot well (much better and to my satisfaction), but none have required any major surgery of any kind. A screw driver and a bit of judicious light sanding on a few high spots and 30-60 minutes of my time and all of them have become very accurate dependable rifles. And for the record, they too are factory rifles, but they are built with far better overall quality parts and hence they retain their value much better. Being a factory rifle does not guarantee instant success or miracles with any of them just because someone got out a credit card and then opened the box.

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#3246010 - 06/03/20 04:36 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
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Loc: GA
GREAT points Winny. I've been down that road before, and it seems....familiar.
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#3246025 - 06/03/20 10:02 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
outwest Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 190
Loc: San Angelo, Tx.
I just bought a browning micro midas in 22-250, they have 20 inch barrels and have a 1 in 8 twist so you can shoot heavier bullets.
This might be another option to consider, very accurate and has an adjustable butt stock spacers for lop.

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#3246027 - 06/03/20 10:09 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: outwest]
outwest Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 190
Loc: San Angelo, Tx.
Sorry, I forgot to mention it's available in 243 and other calibers.

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#3246031 - 06/03/20 10:24 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: outwest]
Incahoots Offline
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Registered: 03/03/20
Posts: 38
Loc: PA
I have a Barrett Fieldcraft in 243. One of my favorite rifles. I'd highly recommend it.

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#3246345 - 06/09/20 10:34 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
BrienM Offline
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Registered: 03/13/18
Posts: 213
Loc: WV
I have 3 Ruger American centerfires. They are low dollar rifles but work well. One .243 for each of my daughters and my wife took my 308.
Brien

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