Originally Posted by ratshooter
I used to have a Remington 308 with a 20" barrel. With military ammo it had pretty heavy recoil. It seemed like it kicked more than my 30-06. I posted the same thing at THR and was told I didn't know what I was talking about. I shoot 50&54 caliber muzzle loaders and had a 45-70 for awhile. I AM familiar with recoil and do know what I'm talking about.
My buddy has a 270 model 70 featherweight and always shoots 150gr bullets in it. It has the same felt recoil as my 30-06.
I had several boxes of 130gr bullets and shot a couple of groups with his rifle. Wow, what a difference. If I had of known how pleasant that round was to shoot I would have bought myself a 270 instead of a 243.
I have too much in 243 ammo and supplies to bail out of it. But if I ever do you can bet I will get a 270 before the sun goes down.
20" 308s kick more than long barreled ones. Have a Rem 20" SPS Tactical and a Rem 26" PPS and the 20" though handier does kick more and produces more muzzle blast and it IS noticeable.
308 is a great all around round and can be used for everything beside big bear in N. America. Ditto with the 270. The 270 is flatter shooting and is a better hunting round. They recoil about the same. It largely depends on the gun they are in. Put a 308 in a 6 1/2 lb Savage bolt and it will recoil move than a 308 in a 7 1/2 lb Rem 700. Its all physics. I'd go with a 270 as you'll find 270 ammo easier find as it ain't 223 or 308 that are being horded.
So what's wrong with a 243? It'll take anything from chucks to Whitetails. It's accurate. It has a flee bite of recoil. It was the first high power round I ever owned and is still one of my two favorite rounds.
Keep the 243 and add the 270! Another guy mentioned the 280 Rem. It's got better ballistics than the 270 or 30-06 with a 150 grn bullet. But they are a pain in the rear finding ammo for but they are pleasnt to shoot. Had one in a Mountain rifle.
Want the nicest shooting round that has been used for everything including elephant? The 7x57 Mauser. The modern version is the 7mm-08. If you want a round that doesn't kill on both ends find a 7x57. I have this round in a Rem 700 Mountain rifle, a 20" custom built Model 98 sporter and a Ruger model 77. They all shoot well and they are all very tame. Don't fear the 7mms.