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Thinking of buying an H&R single shot in 243 caliber. Should I get one in a heavy barrel or light barrel? I want accuracy, but is the heavy barrel any more accurate? I want it for hunting and dont mind the extra wieght if its worth it in accuracy. Please give me your opinion. Thanks
 

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This is just my opinion....

I would beleive that the lighter barrel would be better for hunting needs. When you shoot for hunting, normally you would be shooting from a cold barrel, if you are target shooting and it becomes hot, naturally it could start 'stringing'. But if you sight it in cold and wait in between shots for the barrel to cool, it should be accurate. If you want it for target shooting with multiple shots, then yes...the heavy barrel might be better....just my opinion. P.S....also....the heavier barrel would help dampen some of the re-coil and muzzle jump. The New England is faily light to carry, even with the heavier barrel, it might still be lighter than a bolt rifle, I am not sure. It would certainly be less bulky. Those little guns are a joy to carry in the woods, and I consider them to be the safest guns on the market, especially around youth. There is never ANY doubt of safety if the barrel is broken, and they are extremely easy and well balanced to carry in the open position.
 

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heavy barrel versu light barrel

The heavy barrel versus light barrel accuracy debate will go on forever, I suppose.

GENERALLY, a quality lightweight barrel will shoot as well as a quality heavyweight barrel with everything else being equal.

The differences in grouping ability between a good heavy barrel and a mediocre light barrel are apparent to most shooters, and it's assumed that the weight of the barrels is the big difference. Not so! the reverse could just as easily be true, that is, a light weight barrel can outshoot a heavy barrel. Many other factors come into play (bedding, handloads, rate of fire, etc.)

Where a heavy barrel really shines is that it tends to REMAIN more accurate with long shot strings, such as in benchrest competition, or in any timed competive shooting event. It would have little bearing in most hunting situations, with the possible exception of target-rich varmit shooting.

Probably none of this would apply to your intended use for a single-shot .243 Winchester. I have a reed-thin octagon barrel on my .243 Win mauser action, and it shoots quite well, but only for SLOW FIRE shooting!

For your purposes, the .243 W is an excellent choice and with moderate recoil. With good handloads, it might really surprise you with it's basic accuracy too!

You might think about the advantages of a lighter weight barrel for ease of carrying, handling, etc. Don't let accuracy be a factor in deciding. Good luck with your new rifle!
 

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Wise words Dub,

Especially the toilet paper, like I have always said, the two most important things on a hunt are a gun and McDonalds napkins. (they are the best, they dont fall apart in damp weather and dont make dingle-berries)
 

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Thanks All for your advice on getting the lighter barrel On the 243. Every thing you told me made sense. Even about the Napkins from Mc donalds. Now tell me if there is any differnce between an H&R and a NEF. Is one any better than the other, or are they the same? Thanks for your replies.
 

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same guns/ I got a 243 light barrel New England brand/ shoots 1 inch at 100 yards with cheap winchester 100 grain ammo/ i cant wait to put some reloads through it/ oh yeah $30 bushell scope/(243) buy one you will love it/ just my 2 cents :grin:
 
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