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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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NO DISRESPECT & DON'T TAKE IT THE WRONG WAY, BUT shooting well WAY OUT to 800 yards is not something you can just do well without a good gun, good glass & A LOT of practice. Plan on spending more $ on ammo to learn how to shoot at that distance than that rifle will cost, WAY MORE, especially if you don't reload. The same goes for a scope suited for the task. That kind of equipment doesn't come cheap & I sure wouldn't look to pinch penny's or find a good gun/scope suitable for 800 yards at a big chain store. I'd be looking for a specialty used gun being sold by an exp'd long range shooter that can give you info on loads that work well at that distance, with THAT PARTICULAR gun. That info alone can save you hundred's of $'s in trial & error on ammo My advice, take a step back, slow down, be more realistic on your expectations & speak with someone that you KNOW has ACTUALY DONE IT, for advice on equipment & where to get it, NOT someone that claims they have done it on the net. IMO, think baby steps & LOT'S of practice. Good luck, it aint gonna happen overnight, or on the cheap.
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Just curious, if you don't mind, how much $ otd for gun, tax, background check? I'd bet you could have found a good conditioned 1960-80's Rem mdl 700, or win mdl 70 (A MUCH BETTER GUN) likely for less $ if you hadn't been impulsive. Act in haste repent in leisure. As most of us have or are in the process of learning, buy quality ONCE and enjoy it for life, instead of lesser quality over and over. Wanna know, how WE KNOW? been there, done that. Good luck and let us know when you hit that x ring at 800.
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