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Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

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Unread 01-13-2013, 10:18 AM
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Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

Don't have the money yet to get a 7mm Rem. Mag. so I am going to try to make my .243 Savage Weather Warrior 116 into a semi all purpose semi long range gun. I am saving to get the Leupold VX-6 when the new 3x-18X comes out this year with the fire dot. I have this scope on my .17 Fireball in 2-12 and love it for night hunting fox.

Here is where I would be grateful for your input.

I would like to use one bullet for the gun since Leupold includes a turret set up to whatever combo you use.

I would like to find the best bullet to fit the below needs. I know it is a compromise and there is no perfect solution.

1.) Kill 150 pound whitetail deer from 20 to 300 yards.
2.) Shoot groundhogs as far as possible
3.) The rare opportunity to shoot a coyote as far as reasonable.

I am not set on any bullet or grain weight. So far, seems lots of guys like the Nosler Partition. Sierra recommended I use their "#1530 85 HPBT, great on deer, so-so on fur, dead varmints."

I reload my bullets.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 10:58 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

IMO i would go with a 90 gr. Nosler Accubond, extremely accurate out of all 4 of the 243 win.'s I own, or the 85 grain Hornady Interbond, also bery accurate. these bullets both offer rapid but controlled expansion to get the job done on whitetails out to 400+ yds as well as expand fast enough to produce ethical kills on varmints.

My dad has used the Sierra 100 gr. SBT gamkings since he was 12 and has had success with accuracy, under 1" groups at 100yds, and killing everything from large whitetails to groundhogs out to 400yds without issues.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 02:06 PM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

I love the 243 the more i shoot it the more i love it. If you told me i could only have one cal, 243 would be it. You will have no problem with deer with most any bullet 70 gr plus. I shot my last muly (south dakota) at 683 yrds with a 95 gr berger. ran 50 yrds and droped.
Now your twist rate is the Q. if you have a 1:9 i would sugest 95's (sierras or berger. sierras are easier to tune) and both have a good bc of 480. put that at 3200 fps with h-100 or h4350 and they are both a great hunter but also competition bullet. In my ruger mk 2, rem 700 and both my buddies savages we are getting 1/4 groups at 100 and hold well to 1000.
if your running a 1:10 a hornady 87 gr vmax is awsome and will tune in almost any 243. (in my experiance) I do shoot deer and have had no problem with them. awsome on coyotes, parrie dogs and ground hogs. the Interlock is a fabulous huntier. Holds together well.
another thought is Fed blue box 80 or 100gr. they just shoot. dont know y but they do. Ive shot a tone of deer with them and most just drop in there tracks.
good luck
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Unread 01-14-2013, 10:07 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

Anybody else out there have some input to help me decide?
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Unread 01-14-2013, 10:51 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

I'd use the Sierra 85HPBT.

I use the Sierra 85gHPBT bullet, the new Berger 95g Classic Hunter, and the 62g Barnes Varmint Grenade.

Sierra for deer antelope out to 350 yards, Berger past that, and the Barnes for varmints and stuff.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 12:55 PM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

I have been using the barnes 85gr tsx in a 6mm rem with awesome results on deer. Shoots well under 1/2 MOA in my gun.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 12:55 PM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

The 95gr sierra HPBT match is a great bullet and I've killed deer with it, if you want a hunting bullet then don't overlook the 90 swift scirocco. But if you can stabilize a 115 DTAC then run with that! We shoot them out to 1200yds, beyond that they generally go trans sonic then at about 1280 they go sub sonic and hits can get really difficult.
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