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freestylest22 11-20-2020 08:36 PM

QUESTION Ruger American compact 243
I bought my son a Ruger American compact 243. It has an 18" barrel. Anyone else have this gun or recommend a good factory round or place to start for handloads? He's a small framed 50lb kid so I don't want a hot load. Thanks in advance.

MLank 11-20-2020 08:55 PM

Could/would you add weight to stock? My brother added some type of compound to the forend and butt of the plastic stock. Added weight and made it more solid.

I still ended up going with a Boyd’s stock and that helped as well. Very little kick.

The 95gr fusions worked “most-best” for me.

texasforever 11-22-2020 01:01 AM

Honestly depends what and how far youíre shooting. I have a couple youth 243ís that love 65gr Winchester ballistic silver tips.(I believe thatís what the weight is) killed more deer than I could count with it.

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hully1029 11-22-2020 01:49 AM

Reduced recoil rounds, add weight to stock, if its threaded add a can or brake..

I've seen some folks snag a Caldwell field pod and duct tape bags of sand to the frame, just under the gun, to make it a semi portable lead sled..

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cva34 11-22-2020 08:05 AM

H or IMR 4895( one of the better powders for reduced loads ) and bullet in 80g +-

999 11-22-2020 08:20 AM

Plugs and Muffs. With the short barrel the sound will get him more than the kick.

Walker 11-22-2020 08:33 AM

No bench shooting. If he needs just shooting practice go with a scoped 22 rimfire on even a pellet gun.

TenRing 11-22-2020 10:27 AM

If you decide to handload...Nosler has free load data at their web site with published velocities for bullets ranging from 50 to 95 grains. With the shorter barrel you won't see the same speeds but I'm sure you can find something that will work like you want. The Hornady "American Whitetail" is a decent choice for factory ammo.

IAFFHunter18 11-22-2020 10:35 AM

Another vote for the ballistic silver tips. Shoot them in the same rifle and it does great.

freestylest22 11-26-2020 04:14 PM

Thanks men. I picked it up last Friday and got it cleaned and shot in with some 100gr factory. Shoots about 1.5" group now and still needs a little barrel break-in

BLACKFINTURKEY 11-26-2020 04:21 PM

75gr vmax with varget works great for my wife(different rifle)

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