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stevenorlando
05-05-2011, 02:58 PM
Hello All!

I have a .243 customized mauser with a very heavy and long target barrel. It was obviously built for BR. Does anyone shoot .243 at BR matches?

MColeman
05-05-2011, 03:21 PM
No. I fear you are assuming the fact that your rifle has a heavy barrel makes it a benchrest rifle. Many people confuse shooting a rifle from a bench and benchrest shooting. It's not even in the same world.

virg
05-05-2011, 06:30 PM
Hello All!

I have a .243 customized mauser with a very heavy and long target barrel. It was obviously built for BR. Does anyone shoot .243 at BR matches?

Not that I know of....virg

Cheechako
05-05-2011, 07:07 PM
The 243 has been used, and has won, at Long Range Benchrest (600 and 1000 yards).

Ray

alinwa
05-06-2011, 12:55 AM
Yeahh, check the twist rate. If it's a tight twist (1 turn in 8 inches) it could well be a competitive 600-1000yd rifle. I've been severely trounced by the .243 Winchester in 600yd NBRSA competition.

al

Slowshot
05-07-2011, 02:11 PM
Not a Benchrest Target Rifle?? I am not sure why people offer answers, without doing the research first.

Here is an extensive discussion of the 243 as a target rifle fron the site Accurate Shooter

http://www.6mmbr.com/243Win.html

Here is an excerpt from the article:

With enough powder capacity to drive the 0.585 BC 115gr DTACs at 3150+ fps, the .243 Win is an outstanding long-range cartridge. George Gardner of GA Precision recently won the long-range Shumway Cup segment of the 2006 Snipers' Hide Cup shooting a straight .243 Win. In so doing, George bested Terry Cross (.260 Rem) and David Tubb (6XC), so you can see the .243 is a top performer at long distances. In fact, in terms of Wind Drift, a .243 running 115s at 3150 fps beats both the .260 Rem (2850 fps) and the 6.5-284 (2950 fps) running 142 MatchKings.

Larry Elliott
05-08-2011, 12:38 AM
Just judging from the looks of the stock I'd say that the rifle in the OP was likely made for live varmint shooting. At long range with the equipment and shooter a .243 can no doubt be a winner. Out to probably 300 yards a PPC or BR will likely outdo it.

JMHO though.

MColeman
05-08-2011, 03:20 AM
Not a Benchrest Target Rifle?? I am not sure why people offer answers, without doing the research first.

Here is an extensive discussion of the 243 as a target rifle fron the site Accurate Shooter

http://www.6mmbr.com/243Win.html

Here is an excerpt from the article:

With enough powder capacity to drive the 0.585 BC 115gr DTACs at 3150+ fps, the .243 Win is an outstanding long-range cartridge. George Gardner of GA Precision recently won the long-range Shumway Cup segment of the 2006 Snipers' Hide Cup shooting a straight .243 Win. In so doing, George bested Terry Cross (.260 Rem) and David Tubb (6XC), so you can see the .243 is a top performer at long distances. In fact, in terms of Wind Drift, a .243 running 115s at 3150 fps beats both the .260 Rem (2850 fps) and the 6.5-284 (2950 fps) running 142 MatchKings.
We're speaking of two different games here. On this forum we speak mainly of 100-200 yard benchrest with some 300 yard thrown in once in a while. You are speaking of longer range. At point blank benchrest the 6 PPC is king and no .243 has been shot effectively, if at all, in the past 40 years to my knowledge.

Slowshot
05-10-2011, 04:26 AM
We're speaking of two different games here. On this forum we speak mainly of 100-200 yard benchrest with some 300 yard thrown in once in a while. You are speaking of longer range. At point blank benchrest the 6 PPC is king and no .243 has been shot effectively, if at all, in the past 40 years to my knowledge.

My apologies. I assumed all centerfire benchrest competition was being discussed on this forum. When I eventually get bored with my 222, I will be looking for a longer range rifle. I once owned a 243 Winchester Model 100 semi-auto. It was so inaccurate I never considered the cartridge as a target cartridge at any range until I read the Accurate Shooter article.

SGJennings
05-10-2011, 12:44 PM
My apologies. I assumed all centerfire benchrest competition was being discussed on this forum..

For long-range, you might try this sub forum - http://benchrest.com/forumdisplay.php?12-600-1000-Yard-Benchrest

stevenorlando
05-10-2011, 06:56 PM
Hello All,

Well I sold that rifle this past weekend.

I made the right decision, because with all these responses I learned alot about BR, both RF and CF.

That rifle didn't have a BR stock, and I think it was built for stationary varmint hunting. However, with some mods, I think it can do well in long range BR.

I'm definitely not ready for long range BR, and plus there are not many ranges that have it near where I live on Long Island.

Steve

Goatlips
05-20-2011, 11:07 AM
I think the one thing the 243 has against it for long range competition is that it tends to eat barrels a lot quicker than some of the other 6mms that are used for the various long range events.

jackie schmidt
05-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Goatlips, with todays powders, I wonder if that is true. For instance, is it harder on barrels than a 6mm, (244), Remington, which has more capacity.

Granted, it will be harder on barrels than a 6BR or any of it's derivities, but then, it should be.........jackie

alinwa
05-20-2011, 12:20 PM
I'm wit' Jackie.

I furthermore believe that "Turbulence Point Theory" or any of the other theories that proclaim that barrel life is dependent on case shape is flawed.

Barrel life is affected by the capacity of the case above all other items.

opinionsby

al

Slowshot
05-22-2011, 01:32 AM
And here I thought the greatest threat to barrel life was muzzle velocity. That's what everyone who trashes my 220 Swift always says. "You' got yourself a real barrel burner there," is the constant refrain. I have only fired a bit under 1,000 rounds with it so far, so I cannot say for sure. As of yet, it keeps getting more accurate (or I am).

One reason I chose the 222 as my next centerfire is the extended barrel life, I expect to get from it, due to it's slower speeds.