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Old 01-07-2011, 09:03 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

i just looked in my notes and when i had my .243 which was a savage my best results where with 33.5 grains varget,95 grain vld,winchester brass.fed 210 primers and coal 2.800".it would shoot clover leafs at 100 yards.I shot an antelope at 300 yards last year with that load worked well.hope this helps
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:01 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

my savages all shoot the same. 90gr. nosler b-tip 36.6 varget, 95gr. smk 44.2 h-4831, 87gr. v-max 46.7gr. h-4831, 65gr. v-max 40.7gr varget 22" barrel 1 in 9.25 twist. never could get the 105 a-max to work. just changed the barrel to a mcgowen 1 in 8, 26" . it shoots anything i try under .500" love it. best 270.00 ever spent. MARK25-06
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:25 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

Well, that's not what I wanted to hear Mark.
But it does seem that 105 gr might be pushing it for this fairly slow twist.

Maybe I'll try some 95 gr VLD. I have some RE 19 that my WSM didn't seem to like, maybe I'll see how the 243 likes it before buying more powder. Seems like there is no real go to powder for this cartridge, lots of opinions, which hopefully means they all shoot fairly well.

Are full length sizing dies of much use for this round? Going to order my dies and brass and get started but I'd prefer to only buy what I need.

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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

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Well, that's not what I wanted to hear Mark.
But it does seem that 105 gr might be pushing it for this fairly slow twist.

Maybe I'll try some 95 gr VLD. I have some RE 19 that my WSM didn't seem to like, maybe I'll see how the 243 likes it before buying more powder. Seems like there is no real go to powder for this cartridge, lots of opinions, which hopefully means they all shoot fairly well.

Are full length sizing dies of much use for this round? Going to order my dies and brass and get started but I'd prefer to only buy what I need.

Get the Redding with body die, Neck die, and bullet seater. You will eventually have to size the body of the casing.

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:04 AM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

Kind of what I figured.
After looking at the price of Lapua brass I will probably buy Federal, it gets good reviews and is a lot cheaper.

I think I want to stay at 95 gr or less for 1 in 9.25 twist, Berger recomends a 1 in 8 for their 105, and from the reading I've been doing I've seen other reports of problems stabilizing a 105 + in this relatively slow twist.

Something that I hadn't considered was the Swift Scirocco 90 gr Spitzer BT.
Never used Swift bullets, anyone care to comment on them?

Swift at MidwayUSA
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:17 AM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

I shoot allot of rounds so from midway I bought 500 100 gr. ppbt's and 750 box of 75 & 87gr varminters & TNT's I use Win 243 nickel plated brass I've only been using the RCBS neck sizing die because the nickel and my hot but not case harming rounds don't seem to move the case taper.

Reloader 19 is a good choice for 90 and heavier bullets

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:28 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

Thanks budlight.
Any thoughts on the swift bullets?
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