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#1 243junkie

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 04:55 PM

I introduced a friend to pig, varmint and deer hunting awhile ago. He finally scround enough cash for his parents to buy him a rifle. The Limit is 200, with scope. I was thinking the Rossi .243 Single shot. I recommended a single shot so that he would learn marksmanship early. I was just wondering, are these rifles accurate, reliable, safe, and easy to use? Thanks guys.

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:33 PM

What kind of action does the Rossi have? And, why a Rossi?

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 09:13 PM

Talking single shot, break action right? If so the .243 is a great multi-purpose caliber 55gr-120gr. Plenty of factory loads also in different bullet configurations. As for the Rossi, I have a friend with a NEF in 223 which should be comparable. It has a heavy crunchy trigger but shoots fairly accurate with factory ammo. If you have a budget UNDER $200 your about of choices. Savage makes a package centerfire but they start around $229 and end at $299. If you can get the rifle, scope, and rings for under $200 that's hard to beat! As for safety there is no easy way to uncock the hammer after you cock the rifle. The only option is to lower the hammer after pulling the trigger. Just be aware of your muzzle direction and you'll be fine. Just something to be aware of!
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 03:35 AM

Yeah, my granddad has a .410 single shot, so I know how to decock it and everything. Also, the reason he wants a Rossi is that he doesn't wanna spend $400 on a rifle just to not like hunting.

Yeah, my granddad has a .410 single shot, so I know how to decock it and everything. Also, the reason he wants a Rossi is that he doesn't wanna spend $400 on a rifle just to not like hunting.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 04:43 AM

Check out Stevens before you buy.

http://www.savagearm...st_200short.htm

http://www.gunbroker...archResults.asp

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 02:18 PM

He doesn't wanna go over $210 for gun, scope and a box of ammo. Not including tax. He has tax money. He aslo doesn't mind having a single shot. I think it's a good deal for an aspiring hunter.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:44 PM

I have a rossi 243 heavy barrel.It is a good little shooter.I like the rossi rifles for beginers.I bought my son a 410,22lr combo last winter for christmas.I gave 189.00 for my 243 new.It will shoot MOA with 80 grain factory winchester.I havent got around to working up a load for it yeat.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 04:10 AM

Thanks fuzz. I'll keep that in mind.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 07:40 AM

A little bit of lookin around will find someone who has to let a good rifle go for $200 in a private sale. That or the big discount stores often discount Savage to near your price range. Jmho but if $30 bucks breaks the deal for him, he doesn't really wamnna hunt or shoot.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 08:26 AM

Well, he wants the Remington 710 in .30-06. I told him you don't need that much gun for anything here in the Panhandle. So he opted for a .243.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 05:39 PM

I would prefer the nef over the rossi for one thing the NEF is made in the USA and Im pretty sure the rossi is being made south of the border. THe NEF/H&R lines have a lot more caliber choices and you can send the stock and reciever in for custom matching. Stevens does make a few cheap options, right now Dunhams (a chain sporting goods store in my area) is offering a savage with rings and scope for $239 in 270, .30-06 and 7mm, although a little on the large size a .270 is not too bad for varmints if you go with the smaller grain bullet's. But the .270 is great for deer and hogs, and many coyote hunters opt to use the caliber unless they have something smaller