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Old 03-11-2009, 05:10 PM
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243 deer/pig load

Just starting into reloading. Looking for a good load & bullet for deer/pig hunting. I am wanting a bullet somewhere in the 90-100 grain weights, my barrel is a Remington Varmint barrel that I had shortened to 24", the twist is 1:9 1/8. I am looking to push the bullet around 3100fps. What will be a good bullet, and load to work with it.

I was looking at Berger VLD 95 grain, Sierra Game King 100 grn or a Hornady Interlock 100 grn.
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:21 PM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

open up your nosler reloading manual and use the powder that they list as the "most accurate" for the weight of bullet you choose. Start with a midrange load and work up 0.3 or 0.5gr increments until accuracy falls off. Then play with seating depth on the best powder charge for final tuning.

I killed a small pig last summer with The 85gr barnes TSX, inside 100yds, head shot. Never was too impressed with the groups from this bullet but it certainly is lethal.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:04 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

So nobody has worked up a load that will shoot 3100 fps using any of the three bullets I mentioned in a standard 243 win?
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:12 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

Hi ; I've been shooting and reloading 243's since about 1974 and I believe I can put you on a good load for a 100 gr.Sierra game king but first there is a few things to consider, start out with good quality brass,I like Nosler custom brass,it is very uniform in weight and wall thickness, and full legnth resize for the first time , after 1 firing you can then neck size because you now have brass fire-formed to your chamber,I like to seat a bullet way out and try it in the gun(don't force the bolt closed) if the bolt won't close put it back in the seating die and push it in a little and so on and so forth until the bolt closes, that way your bullet is being pushed down the rifling and not jumping into it,next use a good primer I like CCI BR-2, don't forget to chamfer the case mouth also ,now after all that ramblings I have had great success with 38.5 grs. of IMR 4350 and the Sierra 100 gr. game king.I hope this has been a help .

Dave
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:19 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

Thanks Dave, ill give it a shot. What length barrel are you using and do you know approximately what your MV is?
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:05 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

Novaman,it seems that you are all upset if you dont get 3100fps.Dont get all
shook up if you dont get it.Anywhere from 29-31fps is good to go for your perposes.All the bullets you mentioned will kill anything you want.The bullet that you chouse has to go where you want it to.Acc.shot PLACEMENT is the key.A fast miss will get you nowhere.Mabe a LITTLE slower going in the rite place does wonders bringing home the meat,lol.Trust me,speed kills,but,its only a very small part in the final outcome.Now if your goin to go for chucks and PD.i could see the reason for a LOT of speed.Nosler would be my first bullet to try,but if you have the ons you stated than get a good reloading book or better yet as many as you can afford.Nosler lists a number of powders for the 80-90-and100grs.the ones that get 3100fps are all in the specks you want.IMR 3031,IMR 4895 andIMR 4064 are good ones to start out with.Theres a bunch more but you cant go wrong with thouse.Pan. PS,sorry i cant give you any more info,as i gave all my data for the 243 when i sold my gun,but i do know that the powders mentioned shot real good in the guns i had.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:23 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

What size pig are you stalking?

The critical velocity is that at impact with the chosen bullet, and how it reacts to the game at that velocity will determine your level of success. Pigs can be rather belligerent, especially if you're waiting around for one to bleed out. If you shoot a large pig with a cup & core bullet at 3100 fps, it may disintegrate on impact rather than penetrate. If you're serious about that velocity, you'll need a stout bullet. For a big critter, I'd want something heavy enough to break him down.
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