Shootability .243 will do a better job with the heavier bullets and the .223 will be better with lighter bullets. The .223 ammo should be more available in normal times however. Correct. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Don't know that it means anything but interesting. 223/5.56 varments of almost any type , if you want to save the pelts , do NOT use the BT bullets, 243 is ok for varments , also the smallest cal , I will recomend for game , the 80 + grain for game, Big Sage, you are a bigger man than I am. But getting back to the two calibers in question, in all honesty they are pretty similar except for bullet diameter, and that ain't much. That gun’s modern military counterpart, the 5.56 NATO, has been in continuous use by militaries around the world since the early 1960s. Kinda small for my taste (I'm a .30 cal man too) but it seems to do OK even on our biggest bucks. As if that’s such a painstaking decision. If you’re looking for a semi-auto, you’ll likely have better luck finding a .223 Rem., but lots of companies chamber semi-auto guns in .243 Win. Added powder increases velocity and energy, which translates to what the Internet calls “knock-down power” (more on that later). 4 g nur ausnahmsweise präzise verschießen. If you need bigger then get a .45-70. They will share and not exactly sure if it should be a .223 or .243. They will share and not exactly sure if it should be a .223 or .243. Have used both, now my go to rifle for varmint calling is a 22-250. Unlock additional features, and fewer ads while browsing. But this is not a normal year. Skinny little 16, mebbe 18 inch barrel. by contrast achieves only about 1,400 foot-pounds of energy by throwing a 75-grain projectile 2,900 fps. I have used both extensively on prairie dogs and rock chucks and both work just fine. Introduced only two years apart, the .223 Remington and the .243 Winchester couldn’t have come from more different neighborhoods of the firearms world. To put this into perspective, a Boeing 737 commercial airliner travels at a cruising speed of 600 mph, or 880 fps. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. It's very possible that you'll get the bug to go hunting in the future,and if you do-the .243 will be your best bet then. The ammunition is more expensive, but it’s just as common (especially these days), and I can find rifles in lots of different actions and from many different manufacturers. I feel the good old 30-06 is big enough for me, and if that can't. With 55 grain bullets you can easily push 4000fps, and with 100 grain bullets 3000fps is achievable with the right powder. Federal’s 55-grain Trophy Cooper, for example, has a minimum velocity for full expansion of only 1,800 fps. With dozens of countries relying on the .223/5.56 to arm their infantry, there’s usually plenty of it to go around. 25 Aug 2007 #5. bullets seated out. The .243 Win. Thanks, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. was developed by Winchester in 1955 for use in its Model 70 bolt-action and Model 88 lever-action rifles. The 6MM Remington is my .243 rifle round of choice. Built my first one about 1960. Great gun with some limitations. .243 or 6 CM are good choices. Federal’s 85-grain Trophy Copper also has a minimum velocity of 1,800 fps, and it’s still cooking along at that speed well past 500 yards. I have never hunted antelope nor have I ever hunted with a .243. ya gotta go down and get ya one , LOTS of good cartages listed, BUT , for being versitle , the 243 and the 30/06 , are about as good as they come IMO, several differant bullets for eather , to taylor to the need at hand. compare those energies to a .223 52 grain HP at about 2900 fps - roughly 970 ft lbs at the muzzle or a 63 grain SP (if your gun will shoot it properly) at about 2850 fps - about 1136 ft lbs at the muzzle. Still, when comparing cartridges, foot-pounds of energy is a helpful way of describing the weight of a projectile and how fast it’s moving. I also have a .220 Ackley Improved Swift I use on Prairie Dogs, now that one zips out at around 4100 fps! Shootin' old stuff, hunting, good stories, and especially raisin' the kids the right way! The 223 is definitely more than capable for deer. rifling, and the chamber is long-throated for 100 gr. I guess I’ll just have to own both. is a necked-down .308 Win., so it holds nearly twice as much powder as the .223 Rem. YMMV. I also picked the 222 Remington over the .223 Remington. Federal lists only two .223 Rem. I was surprised to read that some of the reloading dope, had the .243 at faster than the .223 in a 90 grain bullet. I think this has something more to do more with my personality rather than ballistics. One way to think about this is as such: a foot-pound is a unit of energy equal to the amount of energy required to raise a weight of one pound a distance of one foot. SUDDS #2 can push a 75-grain projectile about 3,300 feet per second at the muzzle and achieves about 1,800 foot-pounds of energy. I like that .223 is not as overbore as .243. You can load a bit heavier for hunting predators or varminting and since most .223 rifles have that slower twist rate, shorter leade and tighter freebore, the .223 will likely be more accurate. is the most popular rifle in America, and Weatherby offers tack-driving bolt guns in both calibers in a wide variety of configurations. In a normal year, the .223 Rem. Die .222 wird wegen Dralllänge und Vo Geschosse über ca. has slightly less range in terms of bullet weights (40 grain to 75 grain), but it covers basically the same ground. Although the original question was for varmints. I like having the extra power and range for medium-sized animals, and I don’t see much downside for varmint hunting. Your IP: Because of heavier bullets (read better ballistic coefficient) the 243 may (or may not) shoot slightly flatter, but until you're shooting past 300 yards not enough to matter. ,shooting, hunting, dogs, horses cartridges are currently listed as available. The majority of the cartridges use bullets ranging from 85 to 105 grain, and Federal’s offerings follow that trend. by contrast achieves only about 1,400 foot-pounds of energy by throwing a 75-grain projectile 2,900 fps. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or jacketing type. Really reaches out beyond 300 yards. If you ever want to shoot something bigger than coyotes I'd get the .243. Copyright © 2020 Outdoor Life. You are pretty good at spending my money, Chickasaw. I am sure that there are a lot of "Charlies" that came to appreciate it's lethal power. 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Every major manufacturer makes a bolt gun in both calibers, so that’s not a distinguishing factor. .22-250 Remington. I must say that I have never compared them on paper or at the range so anything I say can be. Here in Colorado the .223 is not legal for deer hunting, requirements are 6mm (.243) with a 70 grain bullet minimum. Wish I had never sold that little Carbine that I had back. I kinda like the .243 but I dont have one. But your past doesn’t define you, and it doesn’t define these calibers either. It’s better suited for varmint hunting than big game hunting, but a 62-grain Fusion or even a 55-grain Trophy Copper would reliably take down a whitetail given proper shot placement. Again, the above is for comparative information purposes only, and you should consult the exact ballistics for the particular .223 Remington or .243 Winchester cartridge you're looking at purchasing. Which would you prefer for up to 300 yard shooting on varmint or small game? True .223 Remington and .243 Winchester ballistics information can vary widely from the displayed information, and it is important to understand that the particular characteristics of a given round can make a substantive difference in its true performance.