We live in a golden age of rifle manufacture. It's amazing to me that some of the gun-makers budget rifles shoot so well, as evidenced by the Ruger American. I also see the same level of performance in the Savage Axis. I bought two of them at Christmas for teenage grandkids and the little $300.00 rifles are hovering right around MOA straight out of the box.
And yes, the guys I know who shoot .243 swear by the Federal Fusion 95 grain load. Some won't shoot anything else.