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Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:06 am

I found out yesterday that I may be able to pick up a custom .243 from someone in my family. I am told is has a fixed 10 power scope, a Douglas barrel and Mauser action. The stock has cherry and ivory inlay. The owner advised me that the gun was built for him in the 1950's and that he hand loaded 87 grain bullets for it with 42 grains of powder. He stated that this is a tack driver and he used it for strickly woodchuck hunting.

Anyone out there using a .243 for yote and if so, what grain bullet are you shooting. I am going to grab this gun because it is free, and a family gun. But not sure I want to hunt with it, I already own a .223 , a 22-250 , 243, .17 HMR , .22 and a couple of 12 ga.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby Fitter » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:26 pm

Don't know about coyote hunting. But really, why not unless you're hunting thick swampy stuff.

I've owned a 243 which was passed down from my dad. It was an absolute tack driver as mentioned.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby Alaska Dave » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:06 pm

In the 6mm's I like the 70gr from Nosler or Sierra and the 75's from Hornady.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Picked up the gun today, I was slightly wrong on the gun. The inlay is ivory and rosewood. The custom loads are 85 grain bullets. Gun looks good, shows signs that it has been used, but for a custom gun who cares. Can't wait to put some rounds down range. Going to have to find some good ammo for this one. Have 8 boxes of reloads from the 1950's, not sure it will go bang.....lol
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Re: Custom .243

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:16 pm

I have a Winchester model 70. I shoot Sierra varminter 85 gr with 35 gr IMR4895 for coyote. I shoot hornady 100 gr soft point with 35 gr IMR 4895 for deer.
THis gun shoots very well also.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:03 am

Been doing some research on this gun. Gun maker was a Ray Overbaugh of Amsterdam NY. He was very well known for custom making rifles out of mauser actions. Saw one on line that was very similar in stock design. Want to print off these articles to keep with the rifle.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:44 pm

Took my .243 Win to the range today. Dad gave me this gun a couple years ago. He had it custom made in the late 50's and used it for woodchucks out east. I was planning on leaving it in the gun cabinet and handing it down someday, but Dad shamed me into using it. He told me that it was made to hunt varmint and that I should use it. Well after buying a new scope and thinking about it for a bit, I broke down and said okay. Hornady Superformance Varmint 75 gr V-Max.......needed some serious adjustment on the scope to get it dialed in, but the final 3 rounds were touching dead center. Coyotes are in trouble this year....lol

Putting my Rem 700 up for sale after shooting this thing today. Love it, just need to get it checked out, want to find out exactly what twist the barrel is and see what it runs on a chronograph with these loads. Barrel is 26 inch. Dad thought it was a 1/12 twist, but I think it is probably a 1/9 or 1/10. Need to find out.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby Fitter » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:50 am

Nice! Three years later! 8)

If you get a chance to post a pic I'm sure most of our readers would enjoy taking a gander at the gun.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:44 pm

Yeah, I was going to just lock it up and not use it. Pass it down to my son, but Dad shamed me last spring when I told him I was not happy with the .223 rem I was shooting and I was gonna look for a .243 win for coyote. He said, I had that gun made to kill varmint, use it for what it was built for.

So here we go. Lets see what this year brings. I will try to download photos, but this site does not work with me well in that area.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:48 pm

Let me know if this actually shows up.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:55 pm

Couple more from before the new scope.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby practice-more » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:31 am

Very Nice!

What 700 are you selling?

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Re: Custom .243

Postby Fitter » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:01 pm

I agree. Very nice! Well cared for throughout the years.
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Re: Custom .243

Postby lawdog616 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:40 pm

practice-more wrote:Very Nice!

What 700 are you selling?

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I have a Rem. 700 that I picked up last year from a friend, he claims it shot 58 grain bullets very well. I tried the 75 gr, it didn't like them. I put a new scope on it........Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x40. I might just take that scope off and put it on my .223 rem Ruger American for Fox. We'll see.
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