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Old 02-26-2013, 12:47 AM
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Re: 243 bullet size

a couple years back i bought a remington 700 sps varmint in a 243. win with a 26" bull barrel. For 599 dollars or so i thought it was pretty good looking and a great platform. I threw a vortex viper on it and picked up the cheapest box of ammo i could find. 80 grain soft point federal premium ammunition. I was amazed with the accuracy! first round (the low one was to see where it was hitting at 104 yards, brought it up 1 moa and fired 3 shot group. [IMG][/IMG]

I also had a chance to shoot a big whitetail doe in Montana 2 years ago and it only went about 40 yards before barreling over.

I haven't had too much experience with it at anything over 300 yards but here are a few groups. I only had limited bullets so i shot a few 2 shot groups and a few 3 shot groups.

2 shot group at 200 [IMG][/IMG]

2 shot group at 300 yards
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3 shot group at 400 yards [IMG][/IMG]

Now i thought these groups were pretty good for factory gun and factory ammunition. I would really like to take this gun and make it better but not sure where to start with the customizing.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:27 AM
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Re: 243 bullet size

I have the same gun, but I hand load for it. The best luck that I have had with mine in factory ammo was the federal premium ammunition loaded with 100 gr. Sierra Gameking's. Those shot well, 3/4 to 1 inch groups at 100 yards, and they put the hammer down on deer. Best of luck to you whatever you try!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:40 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

I suspect that you will find it hard to do better than the 95gr SST's for long range. Most heavier bullets you will be able to shoot will have a much lower BC and will shed energy fast. Data below directly from Hornady. You have to consider how much energy you need to kill a specific species, for example, at 500 yards 802ftlb is more than enough to kill a coyote, perhaps a deer but probably not an Elk...
The 100gr hunting bullets will be better at close range.

0 100 200 300 400 500 Yards
3185 2908 2648 2402 2169 1950 Velocity
2139 1784 1478 1217 992 802 Energy

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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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Old 02-26-2013, 12:57 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

Here's a 3 shot group using Hornady 105 AMAX's. Top left bullet was ranging and low right is 3 shot group at 305 yards. Just for comparisom, my info shows the Berger 95 VLD has a BC of .486 and that Hornady's 105 AMAX has a BC of .500, 105 Match is .530 and Sierra's 107 Match King with BC of .527. Info ws obtained from respective web sites.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:11 PM
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This is the second 5 rounds I ever shot in my VLS. I haven't taken the die out or the turret since 2007.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:57 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

Those are some good groups. I think I will try out some federals and some hornandy's and see how they group in my gun. Does anybody know of any websites that arn't wipped out of ammo? Midway doesn't have much in stock and my local stores arn't looking good either. Hopefully I can get some ammo and get out to the range and soon! That new gun smell is a killer!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:37 PM
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Re: 243 bullet size

You should have no problem with getting 243 ammo. There are few AR type rifles shooting that cartridge....

I don't know at what altitude you will be shooting, but most 9 twist barrels will not stabilize 105gr Amax or 95gr+ VLD bullets (except maybe in summer). If you know the dimension of the bullets, go to the bergerbullets.com website and use their stability calculator to see what the stability looks like in your barrel.

It would help if the posters above would list their barrel twist rate along with the other info. I just recently went to a 1:8 twist Shilen barrel because of the fact that the 1:9.25 twist of my Savage was limiting the weight of the bullets that I could shoot in winter conditions.
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