Author Topic: Savage Youth Rifle - .243  (Read 1931 times)

albertadave

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Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« on: July 24, 2011, 10:41:05 AM »
Any of you guys bought one of these for your kids?  Any thoughts?  I know a lot of guys hate Savage, not even sure what I think of them.  They're lower end guns, I know that going in, just wondering if anyone has any experience with them, good or bad.  They make one model with an internal magazine and AccuTrigger,  the other model has a detachable mag, and no AccuTrigger.  Is the Accutrigger worth the extra $180?  Any input you guys have to share would be appreciated.  Thanks
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Re: Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 03:21:23 AM »
Any of you guys bought one of these for your kids?  Any thoughts?  I know a lot of guys hate Savage, not even sure what I think of them.  They're lower end guns, I know that going in, just wondering if anyone has any experience with them, good or bad.  They make one model with an internal magazine and AccuTrigger,  the other model has a detachable mag, and no AccuTrigger.  Is the Accutrigger worth the extra $180?  Any input you guys have to share would be appreciated.  Thanks
Dave

I have no personal experience with this rifle but I have heard good things about the AccuTriggers.

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Dick284

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Re: Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 08:17:51 AM »
I'm not the worlds biggest supporter of the 243. I owned one a while back shoot two deer with it and lost 2 deer with it. Now at that point in my hunting I was more wet behind the ears than anything. The rifle was very capable but IMO it was me who was not as capable as I am or was some years later.

Using this as logic I have shyed away from the 243 as a big game cartridge, When my children came to the hunting ranks i simple went 7mm-08 and soft loaded some 130 gr Speer bullets (2500-2600fps) Both my children have had some spectacular kills with this loading.


I've sort of equated the 243 to the 410 bore shotgun...In the hands of a sage and experienced hunter they do indeed get the job done, in the hands od someone with a lesser degree of experience and knowledge it is not necessarily the optimum choice.
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Re: Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 09:02:41 PM »
As a rule, Savage rifles are earning a respect for accuracy. In addition, the 243 is a very capable deer slayer out to 300 yds., maybe a bit more maybe a bit less. At present, there are alot of bullets available for the 243 which will cleanly kill deer as far as you can hit them. A few years back, I killed about a dozen or so deer with the 70 grain Ballistic Point out of a hot 6mm (243) which killed deer faster than the 150 Ballistic Tip out of my 7RM. Some state the 25/06 as a capable moose and elk round yet discount the 243 as a deer round. Go Figure?

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Re: Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2011, 09:48:51 AM »
Go figure?

If you do take a trip down internet lane and research this very subject you will see it is mired in probably the most controversy and pro vs. con type discussions.

When I see this sort of swinging adolations towards a given caliber or chambering, I become leary at best.

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Re: Savage Youth Rifle - .243
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011, 04:59:23 PM »
Bought a little Savage, Stevens in .243 a year or so back. Just something for me and the boys to pack around for dogs ( coyotes ) and for the youngest boy to take some deer with. I really wanted to keep it cheap as I can't justify spending thousands of dollars on a rifle to plug mangy dogs with. I also put on a Tasco 3 x 9 x 40mm scope. Cheapo with rings it was around $100.00 if I recall. I don't recall the total price of the package exactly but if memory serves me right it was around $400.00 complete with sling. I have to tell you I am impressed with the gun. We have taken a few dogs with it so far and the youngest took his first big game animal with it last fall, a nice little mulie buck. Personally the .243 is not a favorite big game gun of mine but for deer size game they work fine but deer would be the limit on it for us. Personally they fit the varmint calibre just fine. If I would change anything on the gun we have it would be the scope. I am sure in a while it may move,,, who knows. But like I said its just a kick around gun for all of us to share.



A couple shot groupings at 150yrds once I had it dialed in. Not bad for a $400.00 gun.





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