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Old February 1, 2013, 08:09 PM   #26
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For me it would come down to what I planned to do with the rifle.

Target rifle, I would probably take the marlin for the heavy barrel. Would also choose the heavier barrel if I planned to hunt prairie dogs.

For a varmint/hunting setup, I would want the lighter barreled savage.
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Old February 4, 2013, 08:22 AM   #27
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I think you will be happy with the 243. It is an accurate cartridge overall, and with handload recipes it really likes, it is a very accurate cartridge. One of the neat things you might do if you don't presently handload is to try it for yourself. For a de minimis price you can buy a Lee Loader and put together a handful of cartridges for your recreational shooting.
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Old February 4, 2013, 02:56 PM   #28
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I bought my 243 T3 lite a few weeks ago, and man can that thing shoot. It's not quite sighted in yet so it hits about 2 feet off the target.....but it hits 2 feet off the target with incredible consistency
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Old February 9, 2013, 01:04 PM   #29
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Just thought id say i went with the ruger american in 243. It looks to be a good little rifle. I'll let yall know after my scope and mounts come in and get it out to the range
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