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#6480943 - 10/04/16 05:36 PM AR in 243... thoughts or opinions?
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I really like the .243 cartridge and had an AR in .308 before and felt like it was a little more than I needed for any of the hunting that I do. I've been thinking of getting one in .243...any thoughts or opinions? How would this compare to a 6.8?

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#6480988 - 10/04/16 06:10 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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I've thought about it but the ability of the round doesn't justify the size of the rifle. I've got a SBR 7mm08 and a 16" 308 AR. For intermediate I went with a 6.8.
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#6481105 - 10/04/16 07:31 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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Just load a 308 with 125 grain bullets if you want a wimpy gun.
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#6481120 - 10/04/16 07:42 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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I have one and couldn't live without it now . It's my feed truck and varmint hunting rifle. I use 87 grain v-max for varmints and 85 grain Sierra game kings and 100 grain soft points for deer and hogs. It's a good utility rifle.

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#6481133 - 10/04/16 07:49 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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I'd prefer the 6.5 Grendel instead. But that's just me. It's a very individual choice. If the 243 intrigues you by all means do it.
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#6481190 - 10/04/16 08:28 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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As others have said, I'd skip it, and it does not justify the size of the rifle. One of the best combos I have is an LR-308, 16" and suppressed, loaded with 155 gr Sierra Tipped Match Kings. Coyotes, and hogs are all its seen, but I have no doubt it would do a fine job on whitetail.

To run a 243 to full potential, you need the twist to stabilize 105-115 gr bullets, and be a hand-loader. If you have all that, the .243 is salty!


Edited by FiremanJG (10/04/16 08:30 PM)
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#6481497 - 10/05/16 06:24 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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I have one and love the thing. Great shooter and fun. 243 is a great round. It was kinda hard to find. I think I found mine on Gunbroker
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#6481673 - 10/05/16 08:43 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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There was a thread on here last year, a guy specifically built one in .243 to be pretty light, as AR10s go. I think it was right at 10-10.5lbs fully dressed. I think my 6.8 with a can, full mag, and kill light weighs that much.
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#6481713 - 10/05/16 09:02 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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I think you have nv and I know you have suppressors. So again I will say stick with a ar15 platform and keep the weight down. The 6.8 is awesome unless you go with the 2016 Thf koolaid 6.5 Grendel.
I would keep it handi as possible imo.

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#6481877 - 10/05/16 10:29 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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for a truck gun ect., an ar10 platform is to frigging heavy for my tastes
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#6481936 - 10/05/16 11:00 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
I think you have nv and I know you have suppressors. So again I will say stick with a ar15 platform and keep the weight down. The 6.8 is awesome unless you go with the 2016 Thf koolaid 6.5 Grendel.
I would keep it handi as possible imo.


Very true. Weight is a factor...my AR10 was a heavy mother to be carrying around. I have most of the above listed calibers (243, 7-08, 308) in bolt guns, but only .223 and 300 BO in AR's. Thanks for the opinions, I'll probably look harder at the 6.8 since it is still in the AR15 platform. It doesn't seem like there is much to be gained by going 243 over the 6.8.

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#6482628 - 10/05/16 05:45 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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#6483103 - 10/05/16 10:40 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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FWIW, I would buy one. Loaded with 80 grain mono-metal bullets, it should give you a rifle that hunts very will with almost no recoil. Maybe not for everyone, but they seem to sell pretty well on GunBroker.
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#6483139 - 10/05/16 11:37 PM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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Not to derail the topic too much, but is anyone considering the .277 Wolverine? It seems like a competent round, but my never get SAAMI support.

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#6483333 - 10/06/16 07:59 AM Re: AR in 243... thoughts or opinions? [Re: DocHorton]
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My buddy built up a nice 243 last year.. Very nice and lightweight too.
Great rifle..

he's got a Larure OBR 18" 308 that is heavier and a 6.8 16", 6.5 Creedmoor, etc..
It's a very nice rig

http://tacticalgunreview.com/south-texas-arms-sta-lr-in-243-win/#more-22774


Edited by ccoker (10/06/16 08:01 AM)
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