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Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

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Unread 03-13-2013, 11:36 PM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

Since my 338WM loves the 185GMX I picked up 10 boxes of
Hornady Superformance .243 Win 80GR GMX. the week I purchased the G.D.s .243Win. last year. Give them a try.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 09:37 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

You opened up a can of worms with this post!! All the bullets that have been talked about will do the job provided your rifle likes them. I have used 100gr sierra boattails in a Rem788 with a 1 in 9 twist with great results.I use the
95 Nosler bts now in a Rem 700 and have had .67 groups at 300yd, and one shot kills at that distance. One thing to remember is that a 243 Win likes a slow powder.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 10:12 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

I agree that the 87 gr vmax are awesome. If a 243 will not shoot them it probably will not shoot any thing. Like you said awesome on varmints and I have seen them do pretty awesome on deer too. But I have seen a lot of explosive impacts on deer with no real damage to them also. A buddy of mine was convinced with them for a while. shot a couple deer and an antelope all went well. but than the next 5 deer he shot all were wounded and got away. Watched one deer for a half hr. looked like the bullet just exploded on impact and did not enter the deer. Well after all thats what they are designed for, explosion on impact. Cool that your Noslers have the same impact. What a bonus!
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Unread 03-14-2013, 11:04 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

upon examination and butchering it seemed the bullet broke 2 ribs upon entry then upset and completely destroyed the top of the heart and gelled/shredded the mid section of the entry side lung and came to rest on the upper point of the left shoulder in a big ball of copper jacket and lead chunks. There was kinetic energy damage on the outside of the left ribs as well as on the interior of the left shoulder. But no exit.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 03:35 PM
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To me this is an ABSOLUTE NO BRAINER, i may say this cause i have seen results of BT bullets on deer, sister shot 2 with 95gn Noslers (a much better bullet then VSplashes) IMO. They did the job but nowhere near the job of my current load.
95gn Berger VLD's
42gns H4350
Win cases
WLRM primers
3136 fps (5 shot average)

This load has taken several mule deer, furthest being 404 yards and several coyotes. (If you hit bone on a dog it can be NASTY)

This one was shot from the top of the butte behind him. 367yards on the first shot, slowly walked to 404 where the 2nd shot dropped him like a sack of patatoes. Both shots were less than 2in from eachother (lungs)

225 yards lungs dropped dead on the spot.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 05:48 PM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

Just so as to help avoid the OP making a mistake (Berger makes several 95gr bullets in 6mm) the bullet you would be looking for is the "95 gr Match Grade Classic Hunter" with an overall length of 1.070". It can be fired from a 1:10 barrel so any modern Savage with a 9.25 twist would be fine. It has a BC of 0.427 so not the absolute best BC out there.

Berger has another "95 gr Match VLD Target" which has a 0.48 BC and is 1.15" long, but beware, most of us have found that you need an 8 twist barrel to shoot it out of reliably. Sometimes people enter funky names for the Berger bullets in online stores that don't match the descriptions that Berger puts on their web site so be sure you know what you are getting. Target or hunting ? "True" or "hybrid" VLD ? What twist rate does the box say you need for stability ?

I have just recently started shooting the 95gr target bullets out of my new Shilen barrel (1:8 twist x 26" long) and so far I am getting terrific performance even though I am not using loads configured for my Ackley chamber yet. I think I am going to stock up on 105gr "Match Hybrid Target" bullets for my "proper" Ackley loads, since that one has a BC of 0.547 which is about as high as I can go, weight wise.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: Need advice to pick a .243 bullet.

95 vld are my go to bullet for my 243. 1:9 twist. 1/4 groups all day H4350 is the go to powder 42 gr, cci br primers. fed work well to but cci's have lower Es. average speeds out of most 243's are 3100 to 3200 and 3350 to 3400 out of the
Ackley. H100 is also an excellent powder but it either works or doesn't get a little better speeds.

if you are to use vlds. and never have make sure to start with them touching the lands. they do not like to jump. touching or jammed in a few thou.

Hybrid 105's are awesome. Great bc's not near as picky. lot easier to tune.

I shot deer and antelope on a regular basis out past 600 at regular basis. but keep in mind that it is all about shot placement. they have the energy but with out placing it in the right place you"ll be chasing them FOREVER.... We are shooting at 800 to 1200 at a regular basis in 10 to 20 mph winds. keep this in mind when trying to push the envelope.
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