Re: .243 loads
screech, I gotta ask this, you used/have used 87g vmax on bears??? Are you serious?? That particular bullet would not be high on my list for bear/elk bullets out of the .243, great coyote bullet yes, but bears, heck no!! If you've killed them though, I cant argue with that.
If it was me and a 243, I'd be using 100g partition, bear claw, or an 85g XLC. Your gonna want all the penetration you can get on those animals with the little 243.
Keep your range around 300 yards max, and be careful with your shot placement, and you shouldn't have any problems...
On the other hand, whats wrong with your STW and 162g AMAX's???