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Old 03-03-2013, 10:37 PM
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Need a bullet expert

Going to use a .243 as a multi purpose gun:

Whitetail Deer
Eastern Coyote
Groundhogs

Decided to use a bullet around 85-90 grains that will kill a deer humanely, not rip a coyote in half, and shoot accurately for groundhogs. Most shots will be around 250 yards. Will go with some type of hollow point or soft point. Is it just a matter of picking the below bullet with the best ballistic coefficeint. What am I missing? The Speer and Hornady looks like my top choices. Help me with your input to confirm my thoughts or disprove my thinking.

Have not been impressed with Berger VLD bullets on deer so although they seem to have a great ballistic coefficient...kinda biased against them.


Horandy
6mm .243 85 gr InterBond®
Details


Features:
Bonded design for deep penetration and 90%+ weight retention.
Streamlined design delivers ultra-flat trajectories.
Devastating terminal performance across a wide velocity range.
Unequaled accuracy and terminal performance for long-range shots.

Details
Item Number 24539
Weight 1.42 lbs
Ballistic Coefficient (G1) 0.395
Sectional Density 0.206

Price: $60.87


6mm .243 87 gr BTHP
Details

Features:
Streamlined design for ultra flat trajectories.
Match grade jacket design provides maximum accuracy at all ranges.
Explosive expansion, even at low velocities.

Details
Item Number 2442
Weight 1.31 lbs
Ballistic Coefficient (G1) 0.376
Sectional Density 0.210

Price: $28.17

NOSLER

90 Grain Accubond Spitzer Ballistic Coefficient .376

85 Grain Partition .315

90 Grain Ballistic Tip .365

SPEER
85 Grain Spitzer BTSP 0.404

BERGER

87 gr Match Grade VLD Hunting
.243
87
0.412
0.211
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Sierra

Bullet Name
Diameter inches
Weight grains
Sectional Density
Ballistic Coefficients
.243 dia. (6mm) 85 gr. HPBT
.243
85
.206
.311@ 1800 fps and above
.304 between 1500 and 1800 fps
.285 @ 1500 fps and below





Barnes

· 6 mm TSX 85 Grains .333




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Old 03-03-2013, 10:45 PM
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Re: Need a bullet expert

I don't know jack squat, other than what works for me, so I am in no means qualified to comment as a "bullet expert", but I can tell you what has worked for me in the past. My opinion is simply my opinion, but I have always had excellent results with Nosler Accubonds & Barnes TSX Triple-Shocks over the years on whitetail.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:44 AM
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Re: Need a bullet expert

A hunter recently called to say that he killed an eland at just over 300m with his 243 win. He was using a GSC 69gr HV bullet. He has also killed a zebra (under 200m) and several other game in the 200/300lb weight class. He shoots for the venison market so concern for meat destruction would be a consideration.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:04 AM
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Re: Need a bullet expert

I just set up two 243 win. for long distance shooting. Both will shoot under 1/2 in. at 100 yrds. One shoots the nosler 95 grn best the other shoots the berger 95 hunting hollowpoint best. If your gun has the 1 in 9.4 twist it will most likely shoot a 90 to 100 grn bullet best. Nosler is the most accurate bullet I have shot in any caliber on average!!!!!!!! The berger BC with the 243 is .427 and the Nosler is .379. Both will do what you want!I know hornady is cheaper but I only own one gun that shoots them best. I own 12 rifles. I shoot Noslers in all of em except one. Just my experience. Ive only been shooting long distance (600 yrds to 1200 yrds) for 4 yrs. My guns are all factory with minor adjustments on stocks and trigger. Its all trial and error. Bullet depth is most important in my opinion. I also set up guns for other people. Most I have set up shoot better faster than slower!! They have all shot 1/2 or better at 100 yrds. One of these 243s shot 1/2 in at 100. then I went up 1grn on powder and is shot 1/4 at 100.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:14 AM
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Re: Need a bullet expert

I used to load several different bullet and powder combinations for my 243. I have ended up only using 1 bullet and powder in the end. I shoot the 87 gr. Hornady BTHP's and they do a really good job for coyotes and deer. I actually tried them because I was looking for something that wouldn't put a softball sized hole in a coyote. The 87 gr. BTHP's put a 243 sized hole in, and at most a 1"hole coming out. Nearly every deer that I have shot with them had the bullet sitting just under the hide on the far side. I does a great job! Combine that with the fact that it shoots 1/2 MOA out of my gun when pushed by 40.7 grains of Win 760 at 3050 fps, and it is definitely a winner. I would try them out!
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:52 PM
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I used to load several different bullet and powder combinations for my 243. I have ended up only using 1 bullet and powder in the end. I shoot the 87 gr. Hornady BTHP's and they do a really good job for coyotes and deer. I actually tried them because I was looking for something that wouldn't put a softball sized hole in a coyote. The 87 gr. BTHP's put a 243 sized hole in, and at most a 1"hole coming out. Nearly every deer that I have shot with them had the bullet sitting just under the hide on the far side. I does a great job! Combine that with the fact that it shoots 1/2 MOA out of my gun when pushed by 40.7 grains of Win 760 at 3050 fps, and it is definitely a winner. I would try them out!
Actually, that is the bullet I am thinking of based on a friend who uses it for a multipurpose bullet but mostly long range groundhog. Just wish it had a higher ballistic coefficient for those 500 yard shots on varmints.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:04 PM
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Re: Need a bullet expert

pitch a 100 grain hornady sp and forget all the bull; I've seen more deer and prarie rats and 'yotes fall to this pill than any other bullet.
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