Originally Posted by toasty
So my son (60lbs) is going to WY for antelope this fall for his first big game animal. He'll be shooting a 243 Win loaded for youth shooter, something around 75-80 grains doing 2700-2800 fps. He is coming along nicely and progressing well with some smaller bullets, but a fully loaded 90g bullet makes him uncomfortable and his accuracy suffers. I've looked at all of the major manufacturers but don't want to be shooting varmint bullets because of too much expansion, but I'm afraid that bullet expansion will suffer on their big game offerings due to the lower velocities of a longer shot.
Question is can anyone recommend a ~80g bullet that will do the job on an antelope out to about 300 yards?
I don't know of a specific load with that weight bullet, but with my grandson, when we moved him up from .22 to .243 we kept him practicing with reduced recoil loads. When hunting day finally arrived, without my grandson knowing it, my son and I substituted full power 95gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertip ammo. When the time came to pull the trigger on his first deer, he took the shot like a pro and with all the excitement of taking his first deer, he never even noticed the difference in recoil.
Since he never knew the round was different than what he was used to shooting he never got anxious or uncomfortable about the upcoming shot.
Just something to think about. Our technique worked for us... your mileage may vary. ;)