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Old 01-08-2011, 12:52 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

If you are asking if a $50 dollar per 100 bullets is better than $25 cent bullet. Does the little deer say damn that hurts worse. I also have a 9.25 twist and it shoots these 100 grains fine. I use 100's for antelope and smaller pigs.

The only time I buy premium bullets are for dangerous game. My .458 win mag has got some big stuff with me and on lone.


My buddy like these 85 grain speers. Good BC


also.Speer Bullets 243 Caliber and 6mm (243 Diameter) 85 Grain Spitzer Boat Tail Box of 100 - MidwayUSA



Hornady InterLock Bullets 243 Caliber and 6mm (243 Diameter) 100 Grain Boat Tail Spire Point Box of 100 - MidwayUSA
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:43 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

I havent shot any sirrocco II's in .243, but the are really a top notch bullet in .30 cal.
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:56 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

I have loaded for several .243's ove the years. Most were of the 1-10 twist.

This said the same powder that has worked time and time again for velocity and accuracy has been H-4350. I have loaded mostly with 90-100gr bullets, and it just works. I mostly use Winchester cases, and have never had much of an issue with them as long as I kept the loads sane. Start pushing them and you will get thick necks and other case issue, but within standard loads they are about as good as any.

Mostly as of late I have been shooting the cheaper Remington CL's, Hornady SPBT's and the older Nosler Solid Base which I have a decent rat hole of. THe latest rifle I have been working with is a Sako Forrester, and it has shown remarkable accuracy with the Noslers. My friend who also shoots one of these is working with the Hornady's. For now my load is using the newer Hodgdon Hybrid 100V, and velocity and accuracy have been outstanding. I cannot however say that it will be any better than the H-4350 loads I used in the past as I haven't had the chance to work up with it just yet.

For primers, the hottest you need will be a Winchester LR, and I have found as others that the CCI-BR2 is a good one as well. Not that others won't do good, just these have done better overall than the others.

Good luck and hope you find your magic load.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:22 AM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

Thanks for all the input everyone.

I decided on Federal Brass, Berger 95 gr VLD, and will start with RL 19 since I have some on hand.
I will see how this goes, rifle will be topped with a 4.5-14 x 50 Conquest.

My main concern is how the little VLD's will perform on the hogs, they are pretty tough little critters, I hope the VLD's will penetrate. I'll only shoot a small pig with this rifle though, just the eaters.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:47 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

winchester brass is perfectly fine, yes lapua is better for 3 times the cost and no it doesnt last 3 times as long. If your looking for a good bonded hunting bullet the 90 grain scirocco II has the highest bc and is awesome but they are 48-52 cents a piece, if you use them they do best .035" off the lands starting with about 44.5 gr imr 4350 and working up. you will probably start to see signs of pressure around 46.5-7 depending on your rifle and the amount of neck tension, polish the inside of the case necks. i think you will be happy with that. The biggest bullet that is going to group good from that twist is a 100 gr hrny sp, the vlds need to run slower and twist faster.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:49 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

Bright sunny day here so I went out to test some rounds on our private 200 - 300 - 400 12 inch swinging gongs. I was doing some new powders so i was pressure testing.


I used RP nickel brass CCI 200 primers

100 gr spbt .006 off the lands 41.4 gr of H-4350 I should have taken a picture of the primer for you, but no pressure signs and just round after round into each of the distances.

Because I have a 26 inch bull barrel I wanted to see how a slow powder might work.

105 gr. spbt .009 off the lands 47.6 gr. of IMR 7828 sc again no pressure signs and just a nice shooting round.

Now I need the chrono out with me and I will also try some R-22
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:11 PM
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Re: .243 Load / Bullet suggestions

backwoods, you think the 95 gr vld's need a faster twist? 95 gr is not a very heavy bullet. I will give them a try anyway, just wondering if you have experience with them.
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