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Rossie .243

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:50 pm
by gtk
I looked at a youth model Rossi .243, single shot, with 20" barrel. It fits my 8 year-old pretty well. With scope, it was $299.00 He is a very small statured boy, and I dont want anything that will kick too hard.

Doesn't remmington make a low-recoil ammo ? What about backing down to a 100 grain bullet? Do you think thats too light a load ? I know if its not too light, its borderline. Thing is, I'd be there with a backup shot.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:44 pm
by ufgators68
I don't think you're boy will need the low recoil ammo with the .243, they're not bad at all. Well, I'm assuming they have about the same recoil as a .243 WSSM, if that's true then he shouldn't. And I've always been that a 100 grain bullet is the minimum recommended bullet weight for use on whitetail.

I use 115 grain bullets in my 25-06 and every deer I've shot has either dropped in it's tracks or gone less than 50 yards. I recommend the federal vital shok trophy bonded bear claws. They're expensive but very effective. I've gotten exit wounds I could put my fist in and not touch anything.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:48 pm
by jbullard1
Remington doesnt make a managed recoil load for the 243 they do have two 80 grain loads that will do the job especially on a broadside lung shot. The recoil shouldnt be bad but you will have a loud muzzle blast from a 20 inch barrel.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:50 pm
by gtk
I can put a pair of ear-muffs on him for the muzzle blast, but if the gun kicks to hard when practice shooting, he wouldn't want to shoot it again, even at a deer. I don't want to make him "gun-shy".

Right now, he says he wants to use his 22 magnum :P At the gun store, he wanted me to buy the old military rifle, because it had a bayonete on it :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:34 pm
by jbullard1
gtk if you have access to reloading equipment you can load a hornady 80 gr with 27.5 grains H4895 This is a Hodgdon powder youth load It should be mild But you sure dont want to get him gun shy

PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:52 am
by gtk
i think bwm's dad has some .243 reloading dies... i'll have to check... I wonder how expensive hulls are for .243? i've never had to buy hulls for our .270.

bwm's dad has the reloading equipment. I don't think we have ever bought any .270 hulls, always picked up reused what we had.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:20 am
by jbullard1
I dont have any 243 yet :idea: but looks like someone should have some The only brass I've had to buy is 45 70 about 37 bucks for 100 shipping included

PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:41 pm
by jbullard1
GTK
What did you decide on the 243 :?:
I bought a 243 barrel off ebay to fit my NEF 45 70. Ill know in a few days how my 8yo grandson likes it :D

PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:58 pm
by gtk
honestly i have been so busy I havent had too much time to think about it.. I've askes several people, and all say the same thing... a .243 would be fine for my kids...


lemme know how your grandson like it, & what loads you shot..

PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:00 pm
by bt58
I know quite a few people shooting a .243, recoil is very mild and Federal loads an 85 gr. hollow point that is some bad medicine on deer.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:16 am
by PCI
I bought the Rossi combo set with .243, .22, & 20ga for my daughter last year. The .243 shoots a 1 1/4" group at 100 yrds with Fed Prem noslier 100gr. It's got a little kick because she will give that look :shock: I will never let her shoot the 20 ga because it KICKS like a mule.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:40 am
by gtk
Welcome back PCI.

how old is your daughter, or i guess the better question would be, how big is she ? my son is about 50 llbs and medium height i guess (for an 8 year old).

he still says he is taking his 22 mag with him :P

I know what you mean about the 20 gauge. those single shot shotguns stick out in my mind as some of the first guns I ever shot & got the snot kicked out of me :)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:38 pm
by ufgators68
You could always have a recoil reducer installed in the stock. I have one in my turkey gun and it is a whole lot nicer with those 3 1/2" magnums. But it's a Benelli Nova and designed for their reducer to fit in there.

My dad bought me a H&R 20 ga 3" magnum single shot as my first hunting gun and something installed in the stock of it. Made it heavy but you could shoot a 3" shell with one hand. Recoil wasn't bad at all.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:31 pm
by gtk
Even though he wants to go hunting and carry a gun with me, i've about decided as hard-headed as he's acting that he's not ready !!

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:32 pm
by PCI
gtk, My daughter will be 8 next month but she is TALL. She is a good head taller than her class mates (2nd grade).

I bought my son a Ruger M77 youth model 5 yrs ago & the Rossi will shot a tighter 3 shot group. I will get my daughter the Ruger in a couple of years if she really wants to hunt. I LOVE the safety on a Ruger for a kid, being able to open the bolt with the safety still on.

I don't think they make a recoil pad that would help the kick for the Rossi. My son has the H&R 20ga & it not as bad as the Rossi. My son shot the Rossi & he did not want any more.

Buy the Rossi .243 you will not be sorry.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:35 pm
by gtk
well, I ended up and got him the NewEngland Handi-Rifle in the .243. For $299 it came with a decent bushnell 3x9x40 scope..

Now to do some serious practicing with 65 grain bullets, then move up to the 90 grain maybe..

PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:50 pm
by ufgators68
gtk wrote:well, I ended up and got him the NewEngland Handi-Rifle in the .243. For $299 it came with a decent bushnell 3x9x40 scope..

Now to do some serious practicing with 65 grain bullets, then move up to the 90 grain maybe..


Cool, hope he enjoys it. 8) 8)

I just bought a NEF 45-70 this afternoon. I'm scared of it...the bore on that sucker is huge. :shock: :shock: I can see bruises in my future but it's got to beat having to clean that dang muzzleloader every time.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:56 pm
by gtk
i took him & the gun out this afternoon..

After 4 shots I had it zeroed at 75 yards.. I don't plan on letting him shoot any farther.

The gun has a HAIR trigger. It cant be more than 2 or 2.5 llbs of pull. He shot it and was nailing the target pretty close (3") every time except once.

I actually like shooting it too :)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:06 pm
by ufgators68
gtk wrote:i took him & the gun out this afternoon..

After 4 shots I had it zeroed at 75 yards.. I don't plan on letting him shoot any farther.

The gun has a HAIR trigger. It cant be more than 2 or 2.5 llbs of pull. He shot it and was nailing the target pretty close (3") every time except once.

I actually like shooting it too :)


A .243 is very shoulder friendly. :lol: :lol: My 25-06s aren't bad but they're a little heavier than most rifles.

Steyr --> 8.5 lbs
Savage --> 13 lbs even. :shock: