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Old 11-20-2020, 08:36 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:55 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:01 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-22-2020, 01:49 AM   #4
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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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Old 11-22-2020, 08:05 AM   #5
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H or IMR 4895( one of the better powders for reduced loads ) and bullet in 80g +-
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:20 AM   #6
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Plugs and Muffs. With the short barrel the sound will get him more than the kick.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:33 AM   #7
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No bench shooting. If he needs just shooting practice go with a scoped 22 rimfire on even a pellet gun.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:27 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:35 AM   #9
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Another vote for the ballistic silver tips. Shoot them in the same rifle and it does great.
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