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Old 10-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default Want to get an all purpose rifle. Suggestions?

I'm thinking of picking up a .243 Win for multi purpose hunting. A little background... I live in Colorado now. I want to be able to Hunt Deer, Antelope, Coyote and other predators. I'm leaning toward the .243 do to the fact that some varmint weight rounds are available as well as excellent offerings for medium size game.

I can only afford 1 rifle for now. What would you recommend including brand? If you have another caliber you recommend, let's hear it. Keep in mind that I don't reload currently so I'll be using factory ammo.

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:47 PM   #2
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:48 PM   #3
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.243 would be a good round for what you are wanting to do.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:48 PM   #4
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270, itís a classic and will do what you mentioned


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Old 10-23-2017, 07:49 PM   #5
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6.5 creed, 270, or 7mm
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:49 PM   #6
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:52 PM   #7
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.270 without a doubt
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:54 PM   #8
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30.06..... multiple bullet weights from 125 to over 200 grains will get you varmits up to elk. Factory ammo is readily available. Remington 700 is a classic.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:55 PM   #9
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6.5 creed or .308
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:55 PM   #10
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For the animals your looking at I would be in the 25-06
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:56 PM   #11
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.270? You guys are overkill. .243 is way plentyfor what he wants to do, with more options in bullet weights. I know a Colorado rancher that hunts elk with a .243 and always has.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:56 PM   #12
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All good choices mentioned above but take a look at the 25.06. If I hunted in Colorado and only had 1 rifle this would probably be it. You can get loads suitable for everything from varments to elk.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:57 PM   #13
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For the animals your looking at I would be in the 25-06
Now that's a reasonable recommendation.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:00 PM   #14
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Get you a Savage. I have one in .270 and am wanting to get one in .243. Accurate out of the box and can do whatever you want. Pretty sure the majority of rifles I buy from now on will be Savage. I've had mine for 6 years.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:01 PM   #15
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6.5 Creedmoor, same case as a 308 but has superior ballistics, and not a barrel burner like the 243.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:03 PM   #16
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243, 260, 7mm-08, 25-06, 6.5x55, 6.5 creedmoor, 6.5 grendel, 257 roberts

....will all do what you want

All have less recoil than 270 or 308

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Old 10-23-2017, 08:05 PM   #17
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Hard to beat my weatherby vanguard 6.5 creedmoor

I think our thre door with a leupold mark IV a couple years ago I paid $600 retail
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:05 PM   #18
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Savage .270 or .308 both accurate out of the box. I shoot Hornady brand ammo, but that's personal preference.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:09 PM   #19
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I'm a fan of the 7mm-08, but ammo can be a bit pricey. 25-06 is a great one also.

I absolutely love 30-06, but probably a bit much for what I'm wanting to do. Knock the predators off, and there might not be a better caliber.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:10 PM   #20
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Rem 700 is 25-06 would be hard to beat for that.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:12 PM   #21
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270. I have had mine since I was 16 and now I'm 46. I have killed about everything with it and now my son hints with it

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Old 10-23-2017, 08:15 PM   #22
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What’s your budget?
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:16 PM   #23
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:17 PM   #24
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30.06..... multiple bullet weights from 125 to over 200 grains will get you varmits up to elk. Factory ammo is readily available. Remington 700 is a classic.
Agree

Most bullet options off the shelf make it very versatile
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:18 PM   #25
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I would go with a little larger of a round just in case you later decide you want to hunt an elk or something large, since you live in Colorado. Look into a .308, 25.06 or 7mm 08. I speak from experience after purchasing a .243 for my first rifle and then having an opportunity to shoot an elk.


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Old 10-23-2017, 08:18 PM   #26
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:18 PM   #27
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The 6.5 family is great middle ground. 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, etc. More knock down power than the 243 yet still astounding ballistic performance. The recoil is far more moderate than any of the others mentioned. The 260 Rem is my go-to for everything I hunt with a rifle and could not recommend it more highly.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:19 PM   #28
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AR10 in .308.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:35 PM   #29
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:39 PM   #30
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The 6.5 family is great middle ground. 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, etc. More knock down power than the 243 yet still astounding ballistic performance. The recoil is far more moderate than any of the others mentioned. The 260 Rem is my go-to for everything I hunt with a rifle and could not recommend it more highly.
You sir know what your talking about! Another vote for 6.5mm .260 gets my vote unless in a gasser.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:40 PM   #31
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:41 PM   #32
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Budget would be $600 max including scope

Ammo availability and cost needs to be a consideration.

Always liked the 260, but ammo is pretty scare from what I've seen.

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Old 10-23-2017, 08:56 PM   #33
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For deer, antelope, and predators and sticking with factory ammo I think your spot on with the 243.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:01 PM   #34
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.243 would be a great option but if I had to only buy one and lived in Colorado where elk could be on the menu I would get a .25-06. Tame enough to be pleasant to shoot and can find ammo easily enough and at decent prices. With a decent enough bullet selection to be able to hunt everything in Colorado


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Old 10-23-2017, 09:16 PM   #35
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I currently shoot a 25-06 & I bought my son a 7mm-08. I really like the performance of the 7mm-08. It is a very versatile round.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:17 PM   #36
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30.06..... multiple bullet weights from 125 to over 200 grains will get you varmits up to elk. Factory ammo is readily available. Remington 700 is a classic.
3006 if you are a bandleader. That way you can take advantage of all the available bullet choices. Personally I'd probably choose the Thompson Center compass in a 6.5 Creedmore. It would do everything I need...With a $ 100 scope ,you would be looking at under $400 for the set up. T/C has a$75 rebate going on right now.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:37 PM   #37
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I've always recommended the .308. So many different rounds for it and shoots flat at long distance. Can kill most anything with it. Go varmint hunting with light loads or go heavy loads and kill deer/elk or bigger. Great round. Also love my .280. Awesome round

But I'll say my interest is very peaked with the 6.5 Creedmoor. Sounds like an awesome option

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Old 10-23-2017, 09:40 PM   #38
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:46 PM   #39
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Man if I had to choose just one rifle it would have to be a 25-06 with out a doubt!
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:48 PM   #40
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:49 PM   #41
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:52 PM   #42
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I agree with the 308.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:54 PM   #43
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:55 PM   #44
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I love the .243! Great round, I've killed several deer and a handful of other varmits with explosive results, but for an all purpose, I think the .25-06 gets the nod. 85 grain at 3350 fps to demolish some varmits to 120 grain at 3000 fps for bigger critters. And nice selection of factory ammo.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:58 PM   #45
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Get a TC Encore. You can start with 243/25-06 and add a 30-06/308 barrel later for much less than another gun. I never felt handicapped with a single shot. Put the first one where it counts.
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T/C Encore with multiple barrels as you can afford them is an option.
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:05 PM   #47
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My dad has a Weatherby .243 and is a great shooter. I would want something a little bigger in case I got a chance at elk. I'm really wanting a 7mm-08 to shoot.
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:09 PM   #48
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I have a 30-06, 300 Win Mag, 30-30 and a 7mm-08. The 7mm-08 is my go to gun. Very accurate, low recoil and versatile gun.


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Old 10-23-2017, 10:14 PM   #49
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Ruger American or Remington 700 ADL in .270. Then stick some good glass on top.


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