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SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 04:47 PM
If you were going to buy it today, would you get a 260 Rem, a 243, or a 22-250? You only have those 3 choices...which one and why?

PawPaw
November 4, 2011, 05:04 PM
What are we shooting?

Wyoredman
November 4, 2011, 05:38 PM
I'd buy the .260, because I don't have one yet.;)

Legionnaire
November 4, 2011, 06:37 PM
.260 Rem. In fact, I plan to have a .243 Model 7 rebarreled in .260. I think the .260 better splits the difference between .223 and .308.

upstate81
November 4, 2011, 06:39 PM
260 because my pops already reloads for it. I love free ammo.

Kreyzhorse
November 4, 2011, 06:51 PM
Without knowing what I'm going to use it for, I can't pick one or the other. I don't really impluse buy and ususally have a gun picked out for a particular function before I buy it.

Brian Pfleuger
November 4, 2011, 06:51 PM
Yep.... gotta ask what I'm shooting at...

jmr40
November 4, 2011, 06:57 PM
Really depends on what I already have. I already have several 223's so I don't need a 22-250. I have several 308's. Both the 260 and 243 are tempting, but I'd probably go 260 if I had to buy one since the 243 is so close to the 223 in performace. Personally, with what I already own, I'd just pass and save my money. Not that there is a thing wrong with any, I just don't need any of them.

SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 07:03 PM
I guess I would say varmints mostly.

Brian Pfleuger
November 4, 2011, 07:10 PM
If it's like coyote size and smaller, 22-250 without a shadow of a doubt. A 35gr Nosler BT at 4,435fps is a wonder to behold. It's almost unfair.
If I'm including deer, 260 for sure. Partly because I like to be different, partly because it picks up pretty much where the 243 leaves off, which is at the low end for big game and still low enough for varmints.
I don't care much for 243. Don't know why. I guess it just seems like an intermediate, niche cartridge that's realistically too big for my woodchuck hunting and smaller than I would pick for deer. It's entirely adequate for deer, absolutely without a doubt, but it's not the best choice IMO.
260 is perfect for deer, acceptable for woodchucks and coyote. 22-250 is absolutely awesome for anything up to coyote size.

MLeake
November 4, 2011, 07:14 PM
If I could only have one, period, then the .260 would allow me to load down for varmints; the .22-250 would not really let me load up for large, thin-skinned game; the .243 is a nice round, but would still have an upper limit.

Not that the .260 is a powerhouse, but of the three, I'd go with it, as it would offer the most versatility.

Now, of those you've listed, if I were going to add to my current collection it would be the .243, as I have nothing in that category. I already have rifles in .30-06 and 7mmRM, so I don't really need a .260 for larger game.

And if you asked what I actually think I'll get next, that would be a 6.8SPC upper for my AR.

warbirdlover
November 4, 2011, 07:27 PM
I'd buy the .243 because I miss the one I had.

SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 07:32 PM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm

Brian Pfleuger
November 4, 2011, 07:38 PM
I'd say you're missing nothing except extreme low end and something in 30 cal (ish) if you're interested in something more than 7-08.

A 17HMR and a 338 Lapua, for example.

If that were my safe, I'd be missing nothing and I'd have a few extras. ;)

SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 07:43 PM
forgot about the m94 30/30 top ejector and the 12ga slug gun

603Country
November 4, 2011, 08:05 PM
The question about what you're going to shoot with it is important. If the list of shootables included deer, then go with the 260 - but only if you reload. My 260 was bought from a buddy only because it was such a good deal I couldn't say no. I didn't even use it for a couple of years. But...now I use it plenty. It's too much for Coyotes (not that too much is bad), but great for medium to big pigs and it's great on deer. And how much do I like it...I thought you'd never ask. Tomorrow is opening day of deer season and I'm taking the 260 instead of my Sako 270. That'll be the first opening day without the 270 in maybe 25 years. Trust me...that's big. So get the 260.

38superhero
November 4, 2011, 08:26 PM
dot two four three...

RevGeo
November 4, 2011, 08:47 PM
The .243 because it's easy to reload, has lots of good bullets available for it, it's light and handy and because I have killed deer, elk, antelope, turkey and myriad varmints with it. Whether it's considered marginal by some makes no never mind to me. It works for me and that's good enough.

SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 08:48 PM
I am intigued by the 260, it's different. I am a reloader, so I could shoot it for much less that $35 a box.

Brian Pfleuger
November 4, 2011, 09:07 PM
There's absolutely no doubt that I'd pick the 260 under the conditions that you indicate.

You reload, therefore ammo price is irrelevant.

You already have a 22-250 and 243, you do not have a 260.

There seems no sense in adding another firearm in a cartridge you already have.

SDShooter79
November 4, 2011, 09:29 PM
I'm leaning heavily toward the 260. For some reason, I just want one.

A_Gamehog
November 4, 2011, 09:57 PM
Let me get this right, you Live in S.D. Not San Diego but South Dakota?

But you don't own a decent P-Dog gun? .204 Ruger. It will change the way you
shoot Varmints from day 1....

Just my 2 cents..

chewie146
November 4, 2011, 10:15 PM
Hands down, .243. It's the most common and most versatile of the 3.

warbirdlover
November 4, 2011, 11:14 PM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm

The .300 Win Mag. :D

huntinaz
November 5, 2011, 01:54 AM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm

You need a levergun.

briandg
November 5, 2011, 03:12 AM
Okay. South dakota, and you said varmints.

first off, I don't like the 22-250. It's actually not good as a multi use cartridge, although many people disagree. Yes, it will kill prairie dogs, coyotes, hogs, and deer, but it's not optimal for deer or hogs, and it really requires a heavy barrel to wring out all of its accuracy. A sport weight 22-250, in my thoughts, is just a waste of FPS and powder. go 223, or heavy barrel specialty rifle.

South dakota? I'm thinking you mean prairie dogs, coyotes, jackrabbit, maybe bobcat, or other small critters. Maybe you intend to go for an antelope or deer someday.

Leave out the .260. Not right for prairie dogs, and even more than you need for other varmints, when a .243 will do in anything coyote or smaller very successfully. .243 with .75 grain match HP or polymer bullets in an accurate sport barrel will do 1" easily with the right loads, and that is prairie dog accuracy out to 200+ yards with a deer capable gun.

You can use the .243 on deer and antelope, although I advise against it.

So, I'd suggest a .243, as it fulfills all of your 50 pounds or smaller animal targets perfectly, and could do larger game as well, but I still suggest that you get a larger rifle to perform larger game hunting separately. If you go two rifles, well, a .260 would be adequate for smaller deer and pronghorn, and could be used for rodents as well, if you choose. a .223 would do for dogs and rabbits, and either one will knock coyotes over like a truck. you have plenty of usage overlap with those two, and better specialized usage as well.

Gunplummer
November 5, 2011, 04:45 AM
I had several 6.5's over the years and they are great. I still have a .260 and it is really hard on deer. I don't bother to reload for it, so I have only used 140 grain bullets. The Remington's work great. I never bothered to reload because the magazine well is not long enough for 160 grain bullets. I use 160 grain bullets in my 6.5x55 and it knocks them sideways on a broadside shot. I would think a .260 loaded with 160 grain bullets would be more than enough for even the biggest animal in the deer family.

Art Eatman
November 5, 2011, 08:40 AM
Mostly varmints? Probably the .22-250. With proper bullets, the .22-250 will work on deer (within my usual self-imposed limits). Nothing wrong with a .243, but for prairie dogs and such, the .22-250 seems preferable.

I certainly wouldn't bother with a .260 for little critters.

dahermit
November 5, 2011, 10:19 AM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm
You are missing an accurate count.

603Country
November 5, 2011, 10:31 AM
If that list of rifles is what he has inventoried in his gun safe, it appears that the OP doesn't have a need for much of anything gunwise, and particularly not a 243 (two of them) or a 22 centerfire (4 of them). He has a 270, so he really doesn't need a 260. But, being a reloader, he might have a good bit of fun and interest in working with a 260. I enjoy mine.

ripnbst
November 5, 2011, 11:18 AM
22-250. Easy choice.

TX Hunter
November 5, 2011, 12:05 PM
I would get the .243 Winchester. I figure that when the other two are obsolite the .243 Winchester will still be on the shelves.

Archer 9505
November 5, 2011, 12:15 PM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm

30-06 "The All American"

Daryl
November 5, 2011, 06:07 PM
The .243 makes a great varming/deer cartridge. Good range, accurate, and easy to shoot.

The same could be said for the .260.

If deer are in the proposed species to hunt with this gun, I'd have to choose one of the above. Either one would do me just fine, but I already own a .243 so I'd probably choose the .260.

If it's for varmints only, then the 22-250 is the obvious choice for me. I once owned one, 'bout 25 years ago, and it was one very fine varmint/coyote rifle. Had a lot of good times with it, too. One day I'll have another, just because, but right now I get by very well with a .17 Remington.

I even still have the dies to load the '250, and I'll definitely have another one of these days.

Daryl

mrbro
November 5, 2011, 10:02 PM
Varmints? 22-250.

Brian Pfleuger
November 5, 2011, 10:12 PM
I'm a little confused why 243 and 22-250 would even be on the list, since you already have both.

tahunua001
November 5, 2011, 10:14 PM
I would get the 243. that's the cartridge I grew up with. I know the best ammunition for the job(for me anyways). I know it's limitations(which are pretty slim besides bullet weight) and I know exactly how comfortable I would be in taking an animal that is either smaller or larger than my targeted demographic.

all of this is based on personal experience mind you. I'm sure a 22-250 and a 260 are all very well suited to pretty much the same tasks but I'm just more familiar with the 243

Buzzcook
November 5, 2011, 10:58 PM
.260 if you won't let me have a 6.5x55

Elkins45
November 6, 2011, 09:59 AM
If you already have a 223 and 220 Swift then you don't really need another varmint round. You have a 270 so you're covered for deer. If that was my collection I would add a 300 magnum of some description for elk/moose just in case I ever got the chance to shoot one. After than I would add something I could shoot cast bullets in like a 358 win or 45/70.

Of the three rounds you mention I would pick the 243 for varmints.

BIG P
November 6, 2011, 11:53 AM
My 2 cents 260 or 25-06:D

SDShooter79
November 6, 2011, 06:24 PM
Ok, here's the dirt

This is going to a a coyote rifle...only. So, I have settled on the 243 and here's why. Yes, I have two other 243's; however, my heavy barrel 243 is a beutiful Savage put together by me strictly for prairie dogs and I don't really want it to get messed up hunting coyotes. My other 243 is a m700 ADL that's about 20 years old. Wood stock, sporter barrel, also a pretty gun that I don't want to get messed, but hunt deer with from time to time. All my other 22's are pretty near and dear to my heart as well accept the 22-250 that I've decided to give to my Dad. The 220 Swift is a number one and again, to beutiful to get beat up. The 223 WSSM is kinda the freak of the safe. Hardly ever gets shot. It's a m70 coyote with a medium barrel and laminate stock. Great performer, just don't know how much barrel life it will have. My 223 is a cheap little savage with composite stock that does a good job but just doesnt have the range a 243 will. So, there it is, it's going to be another 243!

What the platform will be is open for suggestion:cool:

jimbob86
November 6, 2011, 06:33 PM
here's the safe contents, what am I missing?

1. 270
2. 243/heavy barrel
3. 243 sporter
3.7mm-08
4. 22-250
5. 220 swift
6. 223
7 223 wssm

You are missing milsurps, Commie guns, hell, you don't even have a 30-06.......

I'd have gone with the .260, myself.

You already have the coyote caliber covered with the Poodle Shooter (.223).

SDShooter79
November 6, 2011, 06:47 PM
Sorry jimbob, milsurps aren't really my thing. Also, IMHO, a 270 will get the job done on anything I want to hunt in North America. While the 223 is good, I have found that, here on the prairie the 243 rides the wind a little better.