Originally Posted by Dave Schenck
IMHO there is no better bullet EVER made than the 85gr Sierra game king! I have taken over 40 medium sized African buck with these over the last three years up to 300m and not one has walked more than 20 steps. The vast majority dropped in their shadow! I was at the range yesterday shooting off the 300m mark at steel plates the size of an A4 page. I was taking dead center about two thirds up the plate and knocked over 7 in a row! They are running at 3300 fps and are extremely accurate. I also experimented with 85gr Rhinos ( a locally made South African premium bullet) and at 300m they punching through 10mm armour plating (military falling plate targets) - I was amazed. Good luck with the hunt - if the Barnes works for you then stay the course - they will certainly do the job every time.
I have good accurate loads for the 85gr SGK (3040) and the 85gr TSX (3200fps). I also have a good load for Hdy 100gr BTSP Interlocks; 3040fps. I'm going on a deer hunt in the fall where there will likely be big bucks; Colorado Rocky mule deer. Which of these 3 bullets would YOU use? Shots from 50 - 400 yards. You read some of these posts in the Deer Hunting forum, and there are deer run off stories even with larger calibers so I'm concerned about the 243 a little.