Ruger American .243

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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by AusC » 30 Jan 2015, 2:28 pm

jas0n wrote:Dad has had his .243 for about 18 years and loves it. has killed at 650 yards.


:thumbsup:

.243 would be more popular here if not for the minimum calibre laws for deer hunting in many states requiring people shooting a .270 or higher calibre rifle.

Put a few figures through the calculator...

.243 95gr velocities with 3000 fps MV
100m - 2762 fps
200m - 2528 fps
300m - 2307 fps

vs

.270 130gr velocities with 2600 MV
100m - 2372 fps
200m - 2148 fps
300m - 1937 fps

and

.243 95gr energy
100m - 1609 ft lbs
200m - 1348 ft lbs
300m - 1122 ft lbs

vs

.270 130gr energy
100m - 1624 ft lbs
200m - 1332 ft lbs
300m - 1083 ft lbs

.243 shoots faster and flatter for easier shot placement, it's a hairs breadth behind the .270 in terms of energy at close range and potentially has a fraction more at mid-range distances but is illegal because the calibre is "too small" :roll:
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by jas0n » 30 Jan 2015, 2:40 pm

Well there you go, thanks for the Information AusC, quite a good read.
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by Juganort » 30 Jan 2015, 7:03 pm

I bought a RAR in .308 a few weeks back and was also wondering about barrel break in, some people say yes, some people say no. I figured that I hedge my bets and break it in while I was sighting it in. Took maybe 6 shots until I was happy, cleaning between each round then after the 6th the patches were clean enough and that was the end of it, sighted and "broken" in, if there is such as thing ;)

Took it out on a hunt last week and was extremely happy with it :D Glad I bought the synthetic stainless as it got knocked around allot getting in and out of cars and dropping it of car bonnets :thumbsdown:
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by AusC » 01 Feb 2015, 8:02 am

jas0n wrote:Well there you go, thanks for the Information AusC, quite a good read.


No problem mate.

Hopefully the powers that be read it and rethink how they set limits on these things... But I doubt it :lol:
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by harris » 03 Feb 2015, 12:14 pm

AusC wrote:.243 would be more popular here if not for the minimum calibre laws for deer hunting in many states requiring people shooting a .270 or higher calibre rifle.

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.243 shoots faster and flatter for easier shot placement, it's a hairs breadth behind the .270 in terms of energy at close range and potentially has a fraction more at mid-range distances but is illegal because the calibre is "too small" :roll:


I was recently thinking the same thing for the new .26 Nosler cartridge.

Looks like Nosler will be doing 100gr, 120gr and 140gr factory ammo for it. That thing's a canon, with any bullet weight, but as it stands would not be legal here :huh
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by ChicagoTed » 07 Feb 2015, 12:04 am

It's a Ruger, you probably cant hurt the dam thing even if you tried.

I've never broken in any of my guns.

Just oil it and go nuts.

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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by squirrelhunter » 08 Feb 2015, 12:13 pm

They're a real little workhorse :thumbsup:

My Scout gets knocked around heaps and has never missed a beat.
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by jas0n » 11 Feb 2015, 8:39 am

Thanks guys, going to range this weekend, make sure its sighted in properly and just have a shot, then home to do some reloads ready for easter.
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by Harper » 11 Feb 2015, 1:26 pm

ChicagoTed wrote:It's a Ruger, you probably cant hurt the dam thing even if you tried.


If you run out of ammo hunting you've always got a club left over with the Ruger :lol:
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by jas0n » 16 Feb 2015, 2:41 pm

Couple photos from Saturday at the range, im happy with how the Ruger goes, i only have a bipod, this rifle will be used for hunting purposes so im happy with the groups.

i use a 85gr boat tail with about 41-43 grain of powder. as you can see in one of the photos the federals shot alittle different to the reloads i use.
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by Sam45 » 16 Feb 2015, 5:54 pm

Nice, looks like you are having fun :)
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Re: Ruger American .243

Post by Aussier » 16 Feb 2015, 8:16 pm

Good enough to hit the broad side of a feral ;)
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