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Author Topic: 243 AI vs 243 WSSM  (Read 1143 times)

Offline SeabeeKen

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243 AI vs 243 WSSM
« on: 03:09 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • I'm going to rebarrel my Savage 243 AI this fall and have it narrowed down to either the 243 AI or the 243 WSSM. I have no experience with the wssm. Is there anyone out there that has worked with both and can recommend one over the other? The rifle will be used mainly for varmint shooting with an occasional deer. Is the wssm more accurate? I've read a number of loading manuals on the wssm but that isn't the same as actual shooting experience when it comes to accuracy.

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    Offline 223Rem

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    « Reply #1 on: 03:27 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • The ROI with the .243 WSSM is not worth it IMO.  New brass, bolthead and powder (for LD) is another upfront cost.  The magazine and follower maybe have to be tweaked or even replaced as well. 

    The .243 Win is all ready as slightly overbored cartridge, so the .243 WSSM will take it a few steps further.

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    « Reply #2 on: 06:46 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • 243 ACKLEY ANYDAY BETTER BRASS LIFE MORE CONSITIOUS. I TRIED THE 243WSSM WAS NOT PLEASED AT ALL.


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    243 AI vs 243 WSSM
    « Reply #3 on: 07:14 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • That's a no brainer, .243 A.I. all the way!  Better brass, you already have all the loading dies, no rifle component changes, and it's just plain a better cartridge!

    Mike
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    « Reply #4 on: 07:14 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • 243AI and don't look Back.

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    « Reply #5 on: 08:46 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • AI it is. Thanks


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    « Reply #6 on: 10:18 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • I have owned a factory original 243 wssm and a 223 wssm converted to 243 wssm using a 30" Krieger 8 twist barrel.  Both were tack drivers - but load development is not for the impatient.  Both were Winchester model 70s. 

    I sold the Krieger barreled 243 wssm last summer.  Since then I have seen it kill a groundhog at 1017 yards and place in the top ten at a long range steel shooting competition.  The new owner that has accomplished this with my old rifle just turned 17.

    That being said - my next Savage barrel is on order and it is a 243 AI.
    Bill, Retired, AZ/OH
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    « Reply #7 on: 10:21 PM, 03/25/13 »
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  • Just build a 6mm Dasher

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    « Reply #8 on: 02:45 PM, 03/26/13 »
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  • Just build a 6mm Dasher

    A Dasher is next on my list!

    Mike
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    « Reply #9 on: 04:09 PM, 04/02/13 »
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  • I agree with Nomad, super accuracy potential in the WSSM's. Had a 223 WSSM that is still the most accurate factory rifle that I've ever seen. They are a little fussy about their loads but when you have it, it's lights out. Brass life has been good & I can't fault the quality of the win brass. Someone else owns it now but they are in love with it. A bunch of coyotes and deer wish that I hadn't sold it to him.


     

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