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243 or 308?

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I am going to buy a Mossberg 100atr from bass pro, but I can't decide if I want a 243 or 308 for decently long range shooting, probably max of 600-800 yards. I don't hand load and don't like to spend a lot on high end ammo, but I just want to know which round is best for shooting at least 2" groups beyond 100yards for a budget shooter.
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.243 vs .308

And yes sus scrofa i like where you are coming from, but I'm just in need of an easy shooter at a longer range than my other guns are cape able of for deer and coyote hunting, and I just want a gun that will give me the most accurate shot possible for cheap, and I'm not sure of the factors that each of these rounds have that will effect the accuracy
Clemmer, you've got to crawl before you walk. This involves plenty of shooting and becoming quite proficient at 100 yards. I agree with nab that the lesser recoil of the .243 will help you become a better shooter, and its certainly good coyote medicine. When you can center a paper plate regularly at 300 yards, you can then move to 500 yards. If a gust of wind blows shortly after pulling the trigger, a miss is inevitable at these ranges. With proper bullets, the .243 is an adequate deer cartridge provided the bullet is properly placed. I, for one, am darn sick and tired of tracking poorly shot deer by users of too small a caliber who don't place their bullet appropriately.

I don't want to discourage you, but, as they say "practice, practice, practice". The .243 will make this easier. Besides, the .308 was originally designed as a 200 yard cartridge to be used in auto rifles. Although an accurate cartridge, and one that has surpassed the intentions of its creators, it hasn't the power for shooting at 600 to 800 yards.

Lastly, research your rifle and scope choices well as shooting at long range requires excellent equipment. You have a challenging goal that will be hard to reach if you use inadequate equipment. Good luck!:)
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