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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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.243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

this should be a decent matchup of one very popular round and one up and comer!!

243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

The .243 is based on a necked down .308 cartridge case and is known for its accuracy, flat trajectory, and relatively mild recoil. This cartridge was first introduced in 1955 for Winchester's Model 70 bolt-action sporting rifle and quickly gained popularity among sportsmen worldwide. The .243 has gained substantial worldwide popularity, and commercially loaded ammunition is easy to find on every continent. Along with the .270 Winchester, the .308 Winchester, .223 Remington, and .30-'06, it is among the most popular and widely available of all centrefire cartridges. at home in the beanfield or the deer woods the .243 is an excellent choice od calibers.

The 6.5-284 is a wildcat cartridge based on the .284 Winchester cartridge necked down to 6.5 mm. The .284 Winchester was created around 1963, but never really caught on, except as a parent case for the wildcat 6.5mm-284. The 6.5 caliber allowed for the use of long, aerodynamic bullets. In 1999, Norma submitted it to CIP. It has since been standardized as the 6.5mm-284 Norma. It has been used extensively in benchrest competitions and is known as an extremely accurate long range round. Using an improved version of the 6.5/284, Rich DeSimone set a 1,000-yard world record at 1.564". I have yet to tinker with a 6.5x.284 but have not heard anyhting but good reviews from those who have!!

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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

The .243 is a great little whitetail cartridge I've learned through the years. It would not have been my pick years ago as when I was younger I had seen several deer wounded and lost by guys using this caliber where I hunted. I had a stigma for years with this cartridge but as they say live and learn. I learned it's not always the cartridges fault.
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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

Just another great cartridge. There are a few that fall into everyone's list and this happens to be one of mine. Killed lots of game without getting punched in the face, it was nice....
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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

243 for me too. Like mike said, I started out too with a bit of a stigma with it. I used it because it was all I had, and it has proved deadly on every deer I've shot with it. I never had a problem with mine, but in my earlier years I had family members that tried to instill magnumitis into my head. Not required. The magnums rairly see the light of day.

I'm sure the 6.5x.284 is a fine round. Probably better in many ways than the 243, but I could tell you where every deer was hit at the time of the shot with my 243 as the recoil is all but nill.

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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

I just wouldn't feel right picking very many rounds over the .243. There's just too much right with it.
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I would have really liked to have had Remington or Savage chamber the 6.5x284 in one of their bolt actions....Might have been more successful than the 260 Rem..........Ken
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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

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The .243 is a great little whitetail cartridge I've learned through the years. It would not have been my pick years ago as when I was younger I had seen several deer wounded and lost by guys using this caliber where I hunted. I had a stigma for years with this cartridge but as they say live and learn. I learned it's not always the cartridges fault.
I used to think the same way for the same reasons. However, I have seen a lot of deer get wounded by a 300 mag too.
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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

243 great round

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Re: .243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma

For my style of hunting, a 243 would (and has) work great.

I've always liked it, it was one of my first centerfires, and I still shoot one every now and then.

I will admit that when I was competing in long range matches, I came close to building a 6.5x284, solely for the purpose of competition shooting. It is an excellent round for that. But, once I started to wind down from that game, the urge went away.

My vote went to the 243 here for a few reasons... fine PA deer round, can double up as a groundhog rifle, easy to load for or find factory ammo, lots of quality 6mm bullets for practically any purpose you'd use the 243 for, and it just has a certain classicness to it that I've always loved.
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243 all the way!
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