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Old 03-12-2009, 11:25 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

I worked up to max. load in a 22" barrel .243 Win with WW brass, BR2 primers, Hodgdon H4350 powder with 95 gr. Berger VLD. With max load, got around 2975 fps, so you might be able to get over 3000 fps with the 24" barrel.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:38 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

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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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Small Northern Cali pigs. 80-100 lbs....
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:19 AM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

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What size pig are you stalking?
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.
And like the man says, hogs, especially upwards of 200lbs or more, are equipped with a "shield" of gristle, which encircles the heart, shoulder area, and it takes a tough bullet to penetrate and cause enough damage to kill..I've butchered hogs that had old bullets and cavities that had healed and not done the job...the shield deflects like a skull, and you have to put enough damage behind it in the right spot, to kill cleanly.

I use the Nosler partition, in 100 gr., and it does the job, consistently...but don't expect 3100...and you really don't need it, just a good bullet in the right spot! Try the Partition in 90 gn. for deer, it's a good one too!
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:31 PM
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95 grain Bal-Tip

I shoot the 95 Grain Nosler Bal-tip at 3100fps out of my Sako using AA3100 powder. There are a few powders in this range that will give that velocity but accuracy and pressure issues are another thing. AA3100 gave me both w/BR-2 primers but it is at the upper cusp of pressure. Drops the Whitetails and I shoot the hogs behind the ear when I hunt in Tx.

I have not tried the Partition bullet with this load.

I agree about the hogs having that 'body armor' and you would need a stout bullet to pierce that. I have never shot a hog any place but the head.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:52 PM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

nova you have the right idea with weight and have chosen good bullets and want one with a tougher jacket, i dont know where you live but the pigs here in north texas and everywhere that i have hunted are tough and do not take kindly to not being killed with the first shot so i have always popped them in the head. my 243 AI with a 1in9 kreiger like 100gr partitions the federal 100gr as well as the 95gr vld berger, i shoot the 95gr vld over 42.8gr of rl-22 and get a little over 3300fps with a 26''bbl primers are fed 210m and lapua brass. I would wan a tougher accurate bullet even with my beloved head shot.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

sorry it wasnt 3300fps with rl-22 that load gets around 3200fps but an 80grainer will hump out of that tube around 3350
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:31 PM
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Re: 243 deer/pig load

It's not one of the bullets that you listed but you might want to try some Swift Sirocco
90 gr. and IMR 4350. These are some pretty tough bullets with a high BC for their weight. I am getting 3100 fps with no pressure signs out of 22" barreled A Bolt. This is one of "walking" guns and this is my favorite load for this gun.

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