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Old 12-17-2019, 10:58 AM   #1
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I've got a Featherweight .243 that Dad has given to my son. Awesome gun as it sits but I'd love to get it threaded and make it into a varmint gun with 55-60gr bullets. My son and I both shoot Creedmoors with YHM's on the front end, so larger game is covered.

Why am I feeling conflicted on having the .243 threaded?????
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:02 AM   #2
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......grandpa did not give it to you. It is for your son and his decision .

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Old 12-17-2019, 11:04 AM   #3
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make sure you have enough meat when threading a fwt bbl...
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:06 AM   #4
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Ask your son what he wants to do with it.
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:06 AM   #5
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:08 AM   #6
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Would your grandson or great grandson want a can on it or just like it was when their great great grandpa used it? Leave it alone is my vote
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:14 AM   #7
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I've got a Featherweight .243 that Dad has given to my son. Awesome gun as it sits but I'd love to get it threaded and make it into a varmint gun with 55-60gr bullets. My son and I both shoot Creedmoors with YHM's on the front end, so larger game is covered.

Why am I feeling conflicted on having the .243 threaded?????
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Ask your son what he wants to do with it.
This is my vote. Also, 223 would be better varmint gun.
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:16 AM   #8
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My grandpa gave me his 30.06. I've had multiple people tell me I should upgrade the optics and get rid of the original post sight that came with it, but I cant bring myself around to doing it. If it wasn't how Papa had it, it wont do. I was beyond p*ssed when I had to replace the scope rings because one of them broke. Some things are better off just left alone.
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:26 AM   #9
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sounds like you need a therapist?
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:31 AM   #10
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My grandpa gave me his 30.06. I've had multiple people tell me I should upgrade the optics and get rid of the original post sight that came with it, but I cant bring myself around to doing it. If it wasn't how Papa had it, it wont do. I was beyond p*ssed when I had to replace the scope rings because one of them broke. Some things are better off just left alone.
This, leave it how it is. I have several of my grandpas guns that will never get anything changed on them
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:31 AM   #11
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If my grandfather gave me a brand new gun, then I might consider altering it. If he owned it and handed it down I don't think I'd touch it. I haven't altered any of my hand me down guns except for replacing a broken scope. Even that pained me greatly.
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Old 12-17-2019, 01:46 PM   #12
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Leave it.
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Old 12-17-2019, 03:19 PM   #13
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Your father gave your son a rifle, leave it be.

It'd be akin to your grandfather giving you a '67 Ford Mustang GT350, bone stock, then you taking it and having 22" Rims and low-pro tires
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Old 12-17-2019, 03:35 PM   #14
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Thread it and shoot it !!! 243 65 or 75s dont mess with the 55 0r 60s.
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Old 12-17-2019, 03:38 PM   #15
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This is my vote. Also, 223 would be better varmint gun.
I vote for leaving it as is and let your son have son say-so with it.

Side note: 87 grain VMax in a 243 is an outstanding varmint round.
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Old 12-17-2019, 03:54 PM   #16
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I vote for leaving it as is and let your son have son say-so with it.

Side note: 87 grain VMax in a 243 is an outstanding varmint round.
No doubt. I'm just saying less muzzle blast, cheaper bullets etc. Don't need much to kill a yote or coon.
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Old 12-17-2019, 04:21 PM   #17
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Another vote for leave it.
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Old 12-17-2019, 04:27 PM   #18
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Old 12-17-2019, 04:36 PM   #19
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:06 PM   #20
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Your father gave your son a rifle, leave it be.



It'd be akin to your grandfather giving you a '67 Ford Mustang GT350, bone stock, then you taking it and having 22" Rims and low-pro tires
Bingeaux....close the thread!!!

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Old 12-17-2019, 05:54 PM   #21
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I’m in the leave it alone crowd. Plenty other guns to be tinkered with.
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:58 PM   #22
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Leave it alone.
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Old 12-17-2019, 06:25 PM   #23
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Old 12-17-2019, 06:35 PM   #24
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Have my grand dad 7mm weatherby magnum with an old red field scope. Cant bring myself to change the scope. It served him well for years....that gun is more a memory of him than a rifle now.
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:39 PM   #25
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Handed down guns are something to appreciate as they were given to you. Leave as is and your son will have a neat rifle to hand down whens hes older.


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Old 12-17-2019, 08:58 PM   #26
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Handed down guns are one thing. Like someone else mentioned if it was purchased new for you I feel like there is some leeway there. My first rifle that was given to me by my dad doesn’t shoot quite the way that I would like it to so it gets a beefier better quality barrel and will remain as close to stock as possible.


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Old 12-18-2019, 09:33 AM   #27
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Why thread it at all?
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:04 PM   #28
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I’d do whatever the kid wants ... if somebody gives you something it is yours to do whatever you want with.

I’d rather give someone an item and them change whatever they wanted and then actually USE said item, rather than the item sitting in a corner because it wasn’t what they wanted. Clutter is stupid.
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:34 AM   #29
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I think it depends on the circumstances. If your dad went to Academy and bought it for him as a gift, upgrading it wouldn't be that big of a deal IMO. If your dad gave one of his personal guns to your son, I'd keep it as is.
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Old 12-19-2019, 07:28 AM   #30
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Updating a scope to something more useful, to keep a family gun in use is something I would do (unless it was mint).

Not sure I’d do any gunsmithing unless it was to fix something broken.

I have a 243 both of my sons have shot their first deer with. To me it’s a tool. I went to look at having the barrel threaded and because it didn’t have enough barrel it would have required having an adapter welded on in order to have enough shoulder to cut the threads.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:32 AM   #31
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Leave it as is.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:37 AM   #32
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leave it as it is,,, because it becomes an heirloom...

leave it alone, it was a gift from him to your son,,,

leave it alone , i would be ticked of royally if i give one of my grand kids a gun and their dad screws it up from what it was to what he wants it to be,,,

you are talking about making changes to something that is not yours to mess with and it might not even handle the lighter weight bullets your suggesting because of the rifling twist,

if you want your son to have a varmint gun, go get him one, set it up how you want him to have it , but do not screw up a gift from his grand dad

i speak this as a dad and grand dad,,, my dad gave a shotgun to my son several years ago, he has not even shot it, i wanted that gun ( Ithaca model 37 in 16 ga) i grew up shooting it, but it belongs to my son and i will not mess with it in any way.. my dad died from alzheimers and that was one of the last things he did with a clear mind,,,

my father in law gave my son a remington pump .308, a rifle i had bought for him,,, when he gave it to my son he asked if i would mind not getting the gun back as he wanted to give it to my son,,, ( father and law and son are both left hnaded so it was a good choice ) it now belongs to my son and he has not shot it to my knowledge but it is his gun now, not mine, i will not change it because it is now an heirloom just as my dads shotgun is,,,

someday i hope to pass some of my guns on to my grand kids , but for now they are all too young

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Old 12-19-2019, 12:32 PM   #33
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I say leave it alone......
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:38 PM   #34
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Old 12-20-2019, 10:08 PM   #35
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:20 PM   #36
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Flip the scenario and see how upset you'd be. "Dad I took the gun popo gave you and cut and threaded the barrel, cut a couple inches off the stock, then painted it. Looks cool now"
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