got my new outfit today! went with the remington 700 bdl enhanced in a .243 caliber and a nikon buckmaster 4x12x50 to put on it! can't wait to sight this baby in <img src="/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle">
If this gun has a wood stock, you may find it will group better with the pressure pad in the barrel channel sanded out and the barrel free floated. All the Remingtons I have shot have shot better with a free floated barrel than with the pressure pad in the foreend pushing up on the barrel.
If, with a couple of different brands of good ammo, your gun does not group well, and strings shots vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, the pressure pad is likely the cause and it's removal, the solution. However, pillar bedding or glass bedding of the stock where the action fits will provide a more stable platform for your action and usually help the accuracy. With good factory varmint ammo, you should get 3 shot groups under 1 1/2" at 100 yards. With the action properly bedded, with fireformed cases and good handloads, you should get 3 shot groups under 3/4". The .243 Win. is not normally a tack driver like a 22-250 or a 223 can be, but is adequate for most varmint hunting distances.
hey tripleb...well i am going to have to wait till next week to find this out! heading to columbus today and tomorrow for high school state basketball<img src="/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle"> ,and have to work sunday and monday<img src="/images/boards/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle"> ! if it holds true, i would think that i'll have to take it to a good gunsmith to get it right! both the 25-06 and 243 are identical guns (enhanced 700's with wood finish) got talked into the 243 because not sure what i plan to kill with it! can still change my mind on which one i get! bought two boxes of 243's at wheeling cabela's and the scope also! love the scope, can't wait to see thru that!
will let you know how it does! thanks, phil
phil if i had to chose between the two cartriges i would go with the 25.06, my dad has shot alot of big game animals in africa with his and it has done a fine job. the 243 is a little lite for any big game but the 25.06 is great. makes a nice deer gun clear up to elk.dad took a blue wildebeast with his, that is a tuff critter too.good luck let me know when you want to take her out for sighting i have a 30/06 that i need to do too.
andy...can't go till the middle of next week or so! i really don't know how much "big" game i will be doing with it if any! so i might stick with the 243! still a little confused on this matter!
sighted it in yesterday morning! had a box of 70gr. federals and a box of 75gr. remingtons! remingtons held a better group at 100 yards (about an 1 1/2") need to go back with more targets and a cleaning kit and no coffee before (shake like a heroin addict) and it will get better i hope! 40 rounds and no cleaning is not good! love the scope i had put on it<img src="/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle"> just don't know if i want it zeroed at 100yds or 150yds <img src="/images/boards/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle">