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22-243 dies

What set of dies are you 22-243 win guys using? Going ahead with a build, need to get the ball rolling. I have heard of using 243 dies with bushings, also any load info would be great. thanks

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    Re: 22-243 dies

    I am using a standard 22-243 Winchester die set from Redding. They work great for me. I PMed you my load info.
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    Re: 22-243 dies

    I will have my 22-243 win complete by the 5th of august. any chance you would be able to part with some starting data for a 1:9 and 69 gr smk's? Or perhaps know of anyone getting rid of the dies? I was curious as to how to use a .224 bushing in a .243 win die.. does that even sound right or am I making myself look like a complete jack-wagon? Thanks
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    Re: 22-243 dies

    knowing how bad a 243 stretches cases and burns barrels, let me guess the 22/243 is fireform, load your round, fire your round and throw the case away and start again! seriously does it really give much more than a 22-250? by the time you download it to make the barrel last more than a hundred rounds are you getting any advantage out of the extra bucket load of powder you used to make 10 useable rounds?

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    Re: 22-243 dies

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    knowing how bad a 243 stretches cases and burns barrels, let me guess the 22/243 is fireform, load your round, fire your round and throw the case away and start again! seriously does it really give much more than a 22-250? by the time you download it to make the barrel last more than a hundred rounds are you getting any advantage out of the extra bucket load of powder you used to make 10 useable rounds?

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    The .22/243 stretches cases no worse than others do, so cases are not "fire once, and throw away". Load 'um until the primer pockets get loose. All that's needed to make .22-243 brass is to neck down new .243 Win. brass. It's a bit harder on barrels than some, not as bad as others. Load it reasonable and don't try to fire it like a machinegun. Loaded and fired sensibly, it'll run 1000-1400 rounds before she's toast. The .22-.243 is at its' best with 'heavy for caliber' bullets. The 80g SMK may be accurate in a .22/.250, but it doesn't have the needed velocity for LR, it runs out of 'steam' before it gets there. The above is not a bunch of guesses or assumtions.
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    Re: 22-243 dies

    I also use redding 22-243 dies and work great for me. and as for the comparision between a 22-243 and 22-250 there is none. My lapua brass is on its 7th loading with no issues. I am running a lighter load of 41gr. of h4831 with a 90gr. berger vld on top running about 3100fps. My buddie also has on and is running the 75gr. amax just shy of 3500.
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    Re: 22-243 dies

    I use RCBS dies and have no complaints. They are also gauranted for life.

    I shoot the 22 Cheetah Mk II (basiclly a 22-243 improved) and there is a big difference between it and a 22-250. If you are looking for a fast 22 caliber these are hard to beat. As stated above, don't shoot it like a machine gun and over heat the barrel. I have found if you use a good barrel, shoot at a reasonable pace, and clean the barrel, it will last a long time. I don't think there is a better coyote cartridge out there, if you handload.
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