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Unread 11-17-2009, 10:34 PM
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243 max range

my son is shooting a Savage 111 .243, what would be the longest shot you'd take on a coues whitetail and with what load?...
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    Unread 11-17-2009, 10:50 PM
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    Re: 243 max range

    As far as the bullet will expand. The higher the BC the better.
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    Unread 11-17-2009, 10:53 PM
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    Re: 243 max range

    Looking at Remington factory ammo data, they have 80, 95 and 100 grain bullet options. All would be appropriate for shooting coues deer. Based on
    Remington's ballistics, it looks like you can shoot all of them out to 300+ yards.

    If you were to reload for your rifle, you could probably develop a load with 400+ capability.
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    Unread 11-18-2009, 05:47 AM
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    Re: 243 max range

    First off you can only shoot as far as he is capable of...practice practice and then when your all done...practice some more. Energy don't mean squat if your not puttin it where it is supposed to be.

    Put your numbers in a ballistic program. I'll run out to where I hit 850-900 lbs of energy (minumim!). Based on your speed and bullet his will vary. Be sure to use the correct bullet for your application also.
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    Re: 243 max range

    105 Amaxes are pretty soft, drive them as fast as possible, maybe 600 yards effectively.
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    Re: 243 max range

    If you can get a Berger 115 VLD up to 3000 fps, you can get to 750 yds or so with that bullet's effective range. RL17 will help you get there and likely more if your rilfe favors it.

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    Unread 11-18-2009, 10:09 PM
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    Re: 243 max range

    From my 243 with a short barrel I can push a 95gr NBT to 3050 with H4350 and keep accuracy. For me, 600 is as far as I'll go. I'm very comfortable to 400 and would start really thinking things through before going into the 400-600 yard range. But that is ability as much as effectiveness.

    I would look at the NBT's, A-max's and Bergers for your best long range performance.
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