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Old 02-25-2013, 06:57 PM
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243 bullet size

Bought a new gun yesterday. It is a Remington 700 SPS 243. Got it at walmart for $430 and it came with a scope that will be junked or tossed on a old .22 or something. I'll shoot this gun until the barrel goes south then start a build but for now its a simi budget/ long range fun/medium game gun. Anyway after I get a scope put on it I would like to take it out and see what it'll do. My question is what are some good factory ammo that won't be too expensive and shoot simi decent but that I can also use to hunt with. Probably won't go as big as deer with this gun but might pop sone coyotes at long range or if I can find some hogs on a local strip job that would be cool. Anyway I wanna stretch this gun out on some steel and maybe do some light hunting. Whats a good factory load to try? Its a 24 inch barrel with 1-9&1/8 twist. That being said if I did load for this gun what size bullet would be my max to stabilize?
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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Bought a new gun yesterday. It is a Remington 700 SPS 243. Got it at walmart for $430 and it came with a scope that will be junked or tossed on a old .22 or something. I'll shoot this gun until the barrel goes south then start a build but for now its a simi budget/ long range fun/medium game gun. Anyway after I get a scope put on it I would like to take it out and see what it'll do. My question is what are some good factory ammo that won't be too expensive and shoot simi decent but that I can also use to hunt with. Probably won't go as big as deer with this gun but might pop sone coyotes at long range or if I can find some hogs on a local strip job that would be cool. Anyway I wanna stretch this gun out on some steel and maybe do some light hunting. Whats a good factory load to try? Its a 24 inch barrel with 1-9&1/8 twist. That being said if I did load for this gun what size bullet would be my max to stabilize?
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Federal Power Shok are as cheap as comprable Remington or Winchester and will out shoot both of them in my Remington 243, 9 1/8 twist barrel. My VLS will shoot the 100 grainers just over .5" @ 100 yards. I don't know how big your whitetail are up there, but with a good vitals or neck shot you will amazed at what the 243 will do to an animal. I'm talking utter internal devistation with a pass through or most of the frags pile up in the rib cage on the opposite side. I've shot 140# FL wt's at 600 yards and they didn't go more than 50 yrds.

Of course you can buy more expensive bullets in the Federal line that will shoot an even better group and their premium loads are as good as you can buy in my opinion. I've been shooting 243's for 30+ years and have yet to fail a recovered deer.

I reload and shoot a lot of 243's in a 5 Model 700's and a Model 7. If you're going to shoot steel you might be as well or better off to buy you a basic starter set and load your own. Two years of shooting will pay for it.

Good luck with your new toy,
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:17 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

I do plan on reloading in the near future just gotta save up a little money and buy a good starter kit and some accessories. I chose to buy a new gun over buying loading equipment (just couldn't say no) anyway I think I will try some 100 grain bullets to start out just depends on what I can get my hands on considering the current condition of ammo in my area. I know the 243 is capable of killing deer in my area (full grown bucks rarely reach 170+ lbs) but I have plenty of deer guns. 300 win, couple 30-06's and we have a fairly short rifle season anyway. Can't wait to get my scope and try this thing out!
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:21 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

With that twist rate you might try the Hornady Superformance 95gr SST's. That was as heavy as I could go in a high BC type bullet. Those shot nicely out my Savage model 12 with a 9.25 twist 26" length barrel.

If you reload then try the 87gr Match Grade VLD hunting bullet from Berger. See Hunting Bullets | Berger Bullets Its the bullet at the very top of the list. Reloading with the Bergers is cheaper than factory ammo, thats for sure...

Be aware that you will most likely have to relieve the barrel channel in the fore end of that stock to prevent intermittent contact with the barrel which will play havoc with grouping. Then bed the action and recoil lug, which are not too well located in that stock. Unfortunately, that particular stock is too much plastic and too little glass and is pretty rubbery. My 223 SPS the fore end was warped and was putting pressure on one side of the barrel. Because of the flexing, I had to remove nearly 1/8" of material so that it would not touch, even when loaded against the bipod. If you do the $ bill test it will still touch when you actually use it. Using a playing card is closer to the mark with that stock.

Or get one of these


They are currently $140 at Stockys stocks http://www.stockysstocks.com/servlet/the-502/*NEW!*-Bobby-Hart-Long/Detail

Having a Remington is both a blessing and a curse. Great for getting all sorts of aftermarket parts. A curse because many times, you NEED those parts since what you got from the factory was a piece of junk. If you have a good trigger on your gun, be GLAD, because a replacement trigger can run quite a bit of money. The least expensive "decent" trigger I found is the one sold by the barrel maker Shilen Welcome to Shilen Rifles, Inc. Prices here Welcome to Shilen Rifles, Inc.

I had 2 different experiences with Remington. The first a limited edition 700 "classic" in 8x57 which was terrible in every way. It had an over 8lb trigger, bad inletting and a finicky sporter barrel. I paid pretty handsomely for it too, over $700. I tried everything and it took fitting the Shilen trigger and one of the Stockys stocks before it became any good at all. But the sporter barrel was still a limitation.

The second was a 700 SPS in 223 which I bought used with a cheap chinese scope on it with an even cheaper aluminum optics rail. I put on a steel Warne Maxima rail ($125), a Nikon 4-16x50 Monarch in Maxima steel rings. The trigger on that one was fine, it didn't need anything. But it couldn't do better than a 3" group at 100 yards and it did not take me long to find the issue with the fore end. Once I did the "generous" free float job on it, it grouped 1/2" every time out. The barrel quality of that 223 was vastly better than the 8mm also. It had a really nice bore finish and hardly fouled at all. But it was a 12 twist, so I could not shoot heavier than 55gr and the wind was killing me on my coyote hunting. So I sold that and got the Savage 10 which is my current 223. The Savage shoots 75gr match bullets to 1/2 moa very reliably. My SPS had a 26" heavy barrel and in combination with the light plastic stock is was a bit awkward to carry and handle since it was too barrel heavy. A 20" would have been far better balanced, or else it needed a heavier stock. Anyway, as you can see, for me my 223 was a success story except for the barrel twist rate, but for what it was, it was an accurate weapon once I got the stock issues sorted out.

If you do go with the stock from stockys, it will really transform that rifle.

My 8mm is now with McGowan getting a heavy varmint profile stainless barrel, so in truth I paid $700 for a donor action.... Can't wait to see how it will shoot those 200gr bullets when I get back. They have a BC that is close to 0.6....
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:01 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

Thanks thats alot of great info. I guess I got lucky on the trigger cause it is LIGHT AND SMOOTH with no creep at all. As for the stock well it sucks.......really bad. I originally am a savage guy but I guess since I own 3 Remington rifles and only one savage......Maybe I'm a Remington guy haha. Anyway I don't like the stock but for now I'm stuck with it.....Scope comes first. I do like that stock there but I'm not a wood stock kinda guy, don't get me wrong the right ones can be beautiful but the places I hunt/shoot are so hard on a stock that I just can''t bring myself to ruin a good wood stock. I will invest in a stock pretty soon but after a scope. I want to shoot the highest BC bullets I can but I know I'm limited by my barrel twist. For now I have to stick with factory loads because loading my own isn't a option. Can't wait to sretch this gun out a little bit.
Went shooting saturday and had 2 hits at 625 with a Savage Axis 22-250! little to far for that caliber when I backed down to 500 I was hitting every shot!
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

This was what I was getting with the superformance 95gr SST's out of my 9.25 twist barrel. And they kill the coyotes DRT.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:23 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

That's a nice group with factory loads. Have you ever shot those any further say around 600? Just wondering how they carry downrange.
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