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.243 need help please

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Unread 12-27-2011, 11:38 AM
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.243 need help please

I have a savage in .243 I shoot the 80g ttsx out of it (I have to shoot lead free) 1.5" at 100 yards is as good as it gets . this is not good ! the barrel twist is 1 in 9.5 I'm looking to rebarrel it should I go to 1 in 8 . I have some emails out to a few barrel makers but holidays making it slow . and I would like to see what some of you guys say before I get the wrong twist and this thing gets worse . I have done ladder loads short and fast -short and slow and long and fast - long and slow and every thing in-between I have tried nosler's no luck tame results so after 200 round I went and stayed with Barnes ttsx did a ladder set 200 rounds powder and col nothing better than 1.5 in worst was 3" 3 shoot group
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    Unread 12-27-2011, 12:57 PM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    I would find some of the Hornady GMX and Nosler E-tip ammo and give it a try. Might be surprised to find it might shoot in your rifle. Try some others before you rebarrel.
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    Unread 12-27-2011, 01:09 PM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    I have tried the others same results . 100g lead bullets shoot great but all lead free stuff dont shoot . I'm guessing its the wight to light .
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    Unread 12-27-2011, 01:13 PM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    Noslerís e tip come in a 90 g but they would not group ether. that's why I picked one and tried from there . the barnes shoots out of all my others without a problem even my 7 out to and past 1k
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    Unread 12-27-2011, 09:52 PM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    Simple fact is some barrels just won't shoot mono metal bullets. Your savage should be 1:9.25 and that is fine to stabilize 80grn ttsx's or 90grn e-tips, they may be copper fouling your barrel very quickly.
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    Unread 12-28-2011, 12:15 AM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    it is not hard to replace a savage barrel, Brownells sells a great re-barrel kit with everything you need for about $200. I had the same problem from a 22-250 savage and I got a good copper solvent and ran about 90 soaked patches thru it before it was not blue.......re-shot my test loads and low and behold it grouped!!! Super clean that barrel before you spend the $!!!
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    Unread 12-28-2011, 10:30 AM
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    Re: .243 need help please

    I had similar issues years ago with the original 90gr XBT. I scrubbed the barrel several times even soaking it over night to remove the copper. After that I got .25" groups for 15-20 rounds and then back to cleaning. My rifle is an old Rem 788 carbine w/18" bbl in 243. Clean clean clean & then try again. Good luck.
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