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#3059300 - 12/02/12 09:45 AM 243 whitetail load
Zulu
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I was given a 243 last year and finally got around to getting some dies the other day. Was wondering if anyone has a pet load that they prefer for deer. I'm a fan of Nosler ballistic tips for hunting, but don't know how well they hold together in smaller calibers -- would accubonds or partitions be worth the money?
Would appreciate any advice to keep me from chasing my tail.
Thanks,
Z


Edited by Zulu (12/02/12 09:55 AM)

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#3059329 - 12/02/12 10:07 AM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Zulu]
jakeway
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I've gotten good accuracy and velocity in my Ruger 243 using IMR4350 powder just under the published max loads. I've had good results on deer with Hornady SSTs (I think 95 grs) but I'm currently using Barnes 85 gr TSX.

My only complaint with the 243 is that the holes in the deer are a bit small and you don't always get a very good blood trail. I'd use a quality bullet to maximize chances of an exit hole. Between the two you mentioned, I'd go Accubond.
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#3059344 - 12/02/12 10:21 AM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: jakeway]
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A 95g Nosler ballistic tip over IMR 3031 works pretty well.

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#3059360 - 12/02/12 10:31 AM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Plateau Hunter]
rdl65
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I shot one last year at just over 300 yds. I used 105gr. Berger Hunting VLD's and Reloader 22 powder. He dropped like a rock and I believe he was dead before his body hit the ground. He never made a move after the shot.
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#3059372 - 12/02/12 10:43 AM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: rdl65]
Hogbear
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Been using 75 gr Barnes X or 85 gr TSX in my .243 since the late 80's. Never had to track one yet. Bang flop.
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#3059459 - 12/02/12 12:10 PM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Hogbear]
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40 gr of H4350 with a 100 gr Nosler Partition
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#3059503 - 12/02/12 12:50 PM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Kimberman]
DaveB
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Here you go. And yeah, its a bit long, may not fit if you have a magazine. Go to Shooters Pro Shop and start checking at least every other day, you can pick up 243 bullets half price, all types.

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#3059553 - 12/02/12 01:27 PM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: DaveB]
Stratosman
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i've used everything from 60 gr hp to 100 gr corelokt. one thing about the 243 its not picky. shot placement is everything.
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#3059631 - 12/02/12 02:23 PM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Stratosman]
mr.big
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I had very good luck with the Hornady 100 gr Interlock flat base bullet at 3150 in a 6mm Rem,,if I had a 243 that is the bullet I would start with,,
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#3059664 - 12/02/12 02:55 PM Re: 243 whitetail load [Re: Zulu]
Mid
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 Originally Posted By: Zulu
I was given a 243 last year and finally got around to getting some dies the other day. Was wondering if anyone has a pet load that they prefer for deer. I'm a fan of Nosler ballistic tips for hunting, but don't know how well they hold together in smaller calibers -- would accubonds or partitions be worth the money?
Would appreciate any advice to keep me from chasing my tail.
Thanks,
Z


What type of rifle...specifically what is the twist?

I have 2 both savages and both 1:9 twist, my wifes will run Hornaday 105AMAX exceptionally well and i know they are considered an Accuracy bullet for puncing hole in paper but they are nasty on deer. Mine is LA Savage with varmint contour barrel and it does not digest them as well....still good to bout 300 but they fall apart after that but it absolutly will fling Nosler 90gr BT Spitzers (purple tip) with 1/4" accuracy if i do my part. lot of folks have had good luck with .243 and were able to work up loads quickly...i found them finicky for the preformance i was seeking...IMR4350 and IMR4985 are my powders of choice.

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