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Old 08-01-2008, 02:36 PM
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243 win and 85gr tsx

I am getting ready for a upcoming antelope hunt and have a 243win that shoots barnes 85gr tsx's very well at 3150fps but i am worried about them being to tough and not expanding at all any thoughts on this bullet and antelope?

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Old 08-01-2008, 02:38 PM
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I'd wager they'll do absolutely fine, an 85 grain bullet is probably designed for small game. Put some milk jugs filled with water out and shoot them, and you'll have your answer.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:48 PM
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We took 2 speedgoats last year with 85 gr Sierra Game Kings in our 6/284. They worked great. I think the TSX is a great bullet too and will serve you fine, as long as your rifle likes them. I have had two rifles that copper fouled with TSX's in 10 to 15 shots. I hate scrubbing out copper so went a different route. But like I said if your accuracy stays with ya you should be fine.

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I am getting ready for a upcoming antelope hunt and have a 243win that shoots barnes 85gr tsx's very well at 3150fps but i am worried about them being to tough and not expanding at all any thoughts on this bullet and antelope?

Thanks bobcat trapper
I've had excellent results with the 85gr TSX on blackbuck antelope, guanacos and red deer doe. All animals in the medium game class.

All of them went down with just one-shot at distances ranging from 150 to 600 yards.

On the other hand, out of an out-of-the-box Ruger KM77 it's quite to obtain 1" groups at 164 yards.
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:20 PM
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I talked with Randy Patton at Barnes a while back and he said that the 85 gr TXS's should achieve maximum expansion down to 2000 to 2100 fps. So if I figure right, if you keep your shots below 400 yards you should get maximum expansion. If you are planning on going much farther than that you may want to look at another bullet.

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:41 AM
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Re: 243 win and 85gr tsx

My son shoots 85 grain TSX's in his 243 @ 3000 fps (20" barrel)...they will expand in a pronghorn.

The TSX bullets expand faster than most other bullets...most of the time.
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