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.243 Load / Bullet suggestions

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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:30 PM
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.243 Load / Bullet suggestions

I have a savage 243 with a 1 in 9.25 twist barrel headed my way.

I've never loaded for a 243 and just wondering what people have tried that has worked.

I'm thinking a 95 or 105 gr VLD with the bullet touching the rifling is where I'll start with winchester brass (most likely).
I have some Federal 215 magnum primers as well as some CCI bench rest magnum primers.

Any issue using a magnum primer on this round?

Is there a high BC bonded bullet in 243 / 6 mm ?

What is the go to powder for this round?

Suggestion for a starting point and max safe load?


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Craig
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    Well, I would go with Lapua Brass for starters. I currently load the Hornady 95 SST with 37.5grn of IMR 4064 (work up to it). It is a hot load, but works okay in my rifle. The 105, and 107 are going to be your highest BC bullet w/o going to the 115's. I believe the 100grn SBT from Sierra is the highest BC before jumping to target bullets. I want to try some IMR 4350 and H4350 w/ the same bullet at some point. Not sure on velocity. I haven't chronoed the load yet since it is short range hunting in PA woods. My nephew hasn't shot anything with it yet to give a report either.

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    Thanks, I was just thinking Winchester brass b/c I have had such good luck with it for my 270 WSM.

    For some reason Hornady slipped my mind when I was searching 6 mm bullets, go figure...

    I kind of figure that 105 gr is the heaviest I can go to with the 1 in 9.25, what do you think?

    How is the 105 gr AMAX?

    What are the 105 and 107 you are referring to?
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    Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

    Like Tank said... Lapua brass for sure
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    Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

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    Thanks, I was just thinking Winchester brass b/c I have had such good luck with it for my 270 WSM.

    For some reason Hornady slipped my mind when I was searching 6 mm bullets, go figure...

    I kind of figure that 105 gr is the heaviest I can go to with the 1 in 9.25, what do you think?

    How is the 105 gr AMAX?

    What are the 105 and 107 you are referring to?

    105 A-max, 105 JLK, or the 107 Sierra Matchking. The 9.25 twist will handle both these bullets. The 115's require a much tighter twist. You will need a 7 or 8 twist. FYI, I've had good luck with Remington brass too. Winchester has left a sour taste in my mouth after having numerous problems with my WSM brass.

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    Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

    i've had great luck with the 105 a-max. very good accuracy at any range, and very good terminal performance on deer at any range. mine is a 9 twist.
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    Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

    I don't think you need magnum primers.

    I actually use CCI BR2 benchrest primers most of the time in 243win.

    Magpro will give good velocity.

    4350 is good for accuracy. I also use H380 and H414 alot.
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