Re: Couple of questions on long range with 243 Winchester
So I am shooting a pretty similar set up as yours. but I am using a berger 105. with 43g of h4831, wlr, lapua brass. It is also an amazing shooter as it sounds like yours is. When I first built the gun I shot 2 times a week for an entire summer. I had no doubt in the accuracy of the rifle. I was ringing 10 inch plates at 1000 yards the first day taking it to distance. anyways over a crono, and the ballistic program and matching them to what im actually shooting, the gun is pushing about 2825. So real close to what you have going. What had me nervous was the talk my buddies gave me with that caliber of 243 win. So numbers speaking the first year hunting with it for mule deer in the high country of Idaho (not small bodied by any means) I set my cut off at 650 yards. That year I shot a buck scoring 172, with pry a low 200lb body at 480 yards. I felt this was a longer shot for the 243 so did not go with the shoulder shot. I went in the crease at the back of the shoulder for penetration. needless to say the buck ran 50 yards and was done. I was amazed how well the bullet performed, (amax should be close). So this year I still had my limit at 650. I killed a old mature mulie with a huge body. Pry over 250lb.I put one in the crease, the buck jumped, stood there, looked around just long enough for me to put another one in the shoulder. And it was a done deal! It crumpled him. It was a 650 yard shot. and skinning the buck I was still amazed at how well both penetrated and caused damage through bone and the vitals. So with my particular setup, what I have seen, and the numbers I have, I will shoot a mule deer to 750yards with this gun. It is very accurate past that, and capable of killing, but feel for myself that's my limit. I did shoot a coyote with it at 780 yards. But that is a much smaller critter obviously. This is very similar to what you should experience with your setup and that amax. However it takes practice!!! I would not have taken any of these shots had I not practiced so much and truthed every distance from 100 yards to 1150 on my chart! As far as your concern with the wind and rain, these are real life conditions, cant always have first light hero conditions while out hunting, I take notes every time I shoot, especially in rain or wind, so when faced with these shots, you have something to look back on, and know how it really effected your shooting. Which is why more practice is good again.