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#3246346 - 06/09/20 10:47 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
AWS Offline

Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 5247
Loc: NM
Pretty much most of the rifles I own that I use regularly would be considered youth/compact rifles. I just cut the stocks to length or replace them with youth length stocks. Whether the rifle is worth thousands or hundreds it isn't worth a thing if I can't shoot it.
After the first shot the rest are just noise.

Make mine a Minaska.

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#3246352 - 06/09/20 01:07 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
George Foster Offline
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Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 107
Loc: NY
I have never owned a compact rifle but I do have a pair of Ruger MKII's, one in 243 and the other in 6mm Rem. I can honestly say they both will shoot five shot groups of 1/2", the best I have done is 3/8" with a Sierra 75gr HP and 50.5gr RL19 in the 6mm Rem. I also have shot a five shot group of 7/16" with the 100gr Sierra Sptz. with 45.5gr of RL19 in the 6mm Rem. Day in day out both rifles will average about 3/4" groups for five shots. I have went as small as 1/8" three shot groups in both rifles.

Edited by George Foster (06/09/20 01:09 PM)

#3246594 - 06/13/20 11:04 AM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
Three 44s Offline
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Registered: 02/03/05
Posts: 2664
Loc: Washington St.
Anyone that thinks they can pay under $400 out the door for a new centerfire rifle needs to back to a friend willing to kick them in the rear if they truly believe it should be the quality of an expensive rifle!

That said, I own a good number of “cheap” guns! I just have no allusions of grandeur about them!

I ranch so the idea of a compact inexpensive rifle with a detachable magazine is very very appealing to me. I found satisfaction to that interest in a Ruger American Compact in .223. Ruger does not catalog that chambering in the Compact now and that is too bad.

I finally did find a honey hole load for it but it was not easy. I think it was a combination of firing enough rounds and some cleaning. Read, I likely lapped the barrel myself!

We had a wicked late winter storm here a year and a half ago and we were already calving, the Compact racked up 8 coyotes in 7 consecutive days. One kill stands out in particular.

A coyote was walking away in a cow trail carved out in deep snow, I got it to pause, its back just visible above the snow. At the shot it folded but I took my attention of off it looking for any remaining coyotes and in that brief time it crawled on down the trail. We tracked via a huge blood trail for about 160 yds but we counted it finished.

Back home I used Google Earth and to my surprise I found that the coyote was standing at 305 yds at the shot. From my sight in, the distance and my hold I likely sent the bullet through some snow before it struck the predator!

As shooters many of us bemoan the passing of the Remington 788. I own a few of them myself. My 22-250 until the barrel gave out was a death ray to coyotes (it’s canjar single set trigger deserves honorable mention however) so I get the allure!

However, we may have “lost” the 788 but in its place are a whole plethora of inexpensive gun choices that have sprung up.


#3246736 - 06/15/20 07:33 PM Re: Compact rifle options in 243 [Re: Burnsome...]
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Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 448
Loc: KY
A fella generally buys what he likes best.. IMO the Tikka is a very good suggestion and another often overlooked light & very accurate out of the box rifle is the Howa..

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