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Old October 8, 2005, 02:22 PM   #1
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.243 vs .260

looking for a lightweight rifle maybe (model 7)have a .308 and 30-06.
thinking of the .243 due to bullet select and versatility.maybe the .260 but i dont know have a .308??
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Old October 8, 2005, 03:33 PM   #2
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for deer hunting? either would work, their is more factory ammo in 243 but if you handload the 260 has a little better bullet weight selection. for varmit the 243 would have the edge, better varmit bullets, both factory and handloads.
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Old October 8, 2005, 08:29 PM   #3
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That's a tough one. I like and have had both.

Between the two, I'd probably vote 260 due to its wider range of non-varminting bullets. The 243 is fine on the low end but maxes out at around 100gr, whereas the 260 lets you get into 140gr and 160gr territory if you're so inclined.
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Old October 8, 2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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Try a .25-06 or a .7mm-08.
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Old October 8, 2005, 11:45 PM   #5
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I prefer the 6mm Remington myself over the .243. The 6.5x55mm is a close facsimile of the .260. I'm having a 7mm Mauser built for a trade on my 8mm RC Mauser K-98K though.
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Old October 9, 2005, 01:53 AM   #6
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what rbernie said, depends if you're gonna varmint shoot or hund deer. .260 will be the better choice just because I'm thinking deer. The .260 will have better results if you handload since it hasn't reached popularity like the .243 has. josh
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.270 Win is also a good idea... wide variety of bullet sizes from 100 to 180 (never seen 180, but heard it's been done...), widely available affordable ammo, easy to find in just about any make and model. The only problem is that it sort of, but not really, overlaps with the .30-06 you already have. They have more in common than not.

I like the .243 a lot as well, mostly because of the very manageable recoil and good power. I've never shot a .260 or 6mm, but liked all the .25-06s and 7mms I've fired.

All are good choices for one reason or another. Which brings up - what will the rifle be used for? Targets only? Hunting? Little of both? Small game/Large game? Collection purposes? Might help narrow things down.
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.300 Remington Ultra Mag.

There. I had to do it, somebody already waltzed in here and threw the .270 Winchester into the mix, and we know that isn't a .243/.260/.308 case length. Never mind the guy asked about just two chamberings, the .243 and the .260. Hell, there's also the .25 Souper, and it splits the difference between the .243 and .260 quite nicely.

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Something between .22 and .308 = .223

Unless you're buying a backup deer gun, I'd go with the most affordable plinker in the feather-weight category (i.e. .223). Otherwise, I'd have to pick the more traditional .243 for ammo availability. If rifle/action size is your priority and ammo availability is not, you should look into winchester's new .243 WSSMs. Those little rounds really burn! Trade-off is ammo cost and mag capacity.
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Yeah the WSSM's really burn.... barrels.
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Old October 10, 2005, 07:21 AM   #12
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Seems to me the .260 is very close in performance to the .308/'06 that you already have.

The .243 is a great varmint gun, and I've done in some 20+ smaller whittail deer with mine. I don't see it as righteous for larger deer when you consider the Bad Things that could happen on a quartering body shot, insofar as a clean, ethical kill.

The .223 is also a great varmint cartridge, and there's a lot of cheap ammo available for plinking.

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Old October 10, 2005, 07:29 AM   #13
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243 time proven accuracy with a good rifle, wide selection of both varmint and deer bullets with premiums available. Also factory ammo can be found almost anywhere, try finding 260 ammo in most stores. I have a 243 for deer and my grandson uses it quite a bit. Deer ammo availability is, Federal offers a wide range including the 100gr partition and 100gr Grandslam, Rem offers the 100gr core-lokt ultra, Hornady 100gr light magnum, win. 95gr Ballistic Silvertip. I can find all of these locally, the only hard one is the Hornady. I have to go to a full master dealer gunshop to get 260 ammo. When the 260 first came out I could get ammo in more places but it seems around here it has died out to some extent.

As a reloader I use a 257 Roberts that I prefer as it kicks less than the 260, yet bullet selection for large game is superior to the 243. I see the 257 Roberts as an often overlooked round that seems to be making somewhat of a comeback.
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I have had a 6 mm/.244 Remington for almost 40 years and it has been very effective on deer. My advice would be go with the .243
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Old October 10, 2005, 11:57 AM   #15
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As others have said, it kind of depends on where your priorities are. The .243 can do deer and antelope but as the range and the size of your quarry iincreases, its efficacy decreases. The .260 is a solid performer on deer and antelope and its ballistic cousin, the 6.5x55, has been used to great effect on much larger game. Since you have the medium to large game capability covered with your thirty caliber guns, maybe the .243 would fill the niche better?
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