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243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

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Unread 10-24-2012, 08:09 PM
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Re: 243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

When I had a 243 I ran vit 540 or 550 with 100 grain hornady pills. No data anywhere but pm me and I'll tell you what I was doing. I was getting 2850 fps out of a 14" savage pistol with v540; about 1/2 moa and about 45 prarie dogs out of 50 with it.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 09:19 PM
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Re: 243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

I pushed the 95gn NBT ahead of 44.0gn of Viht N560 (book max is 44.5gn) with a BR2 primer and velocity averaged 3088fps out of my 26" Winchester 70 HVB. Accuracy was .2225" for 5 shots @ 100yds. I loaded them .010" off.
I used this load 3 yrs ago when I lived in in norhtern VA. on groundhogs and it was deadly accurate on these vermin to 600yds. I finished off the last of what I had and haven't run acorss any since. Great powder in my rifle.
Currently using the 90gn NBT with 44.0gn of H4350 and the BR2. Veloctiy averages 3180fps and accuracy was .1785" @ 100yds. I shot it Sunday to 650 & 700 yds and did good. Not great though. The mirage was bad and the wind was variable from 5 to 20 MPH and pushed the little 90gn all over the place. I had to study the conditions pretty intently and wait for them to die down a bit before I sent one.
I was also shooting my .25-06 w/115gn Bergers, my 6.5-284 w/120gn NBT's and my .300WinMag w/185gn Bergers. The .25-06 had a slight edge over the 6.5-284 both in trajectory and in the wind. I'm sure it was due to the design and higher BC of the Berger.
Both did fairly well but the overall champ that day was the .300WM and 185gn Berger. It was noticeably less affected by wind and I didn't have to watch the conditions so intently.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 08:55 PM
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Re: 243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

I have been using Imr4831 41gr with very good results. Have tried h4350 poor results.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 11:37 PM
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Re: 243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

42.5gr RL22, and aCCI200, it drives tacks (literally), also listed as most accurate powder most accurate charge in the Nosler manual. Was my go to load for the 243 for years, till tinkeritis set in again almost forgot I seated the bullet 0.020 off the lands
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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Unread 10-29-2012, 12:13 PM
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Re: 243 load suggestions with 95gr BT

Originally Posted by Ridgerunner665 View Post
I use the 90 grain version...but...

H4350 works great...42 grains should be a safe max for your 95 grain BT, start at about 40 grains with a COAL of 2.710"

I use a COAL of 2.735" in my rifle...may or may not work in yours.

Ridgerunner is right,
However, Using 95 grain ballistic tip
I built my own load of 41.8grains however i'm setting at COAL of 2.720"

Currently is the best performing load for the 95's i've been able to work up.
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