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.243 loads

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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:24 AM
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Re: .243 loads

Very accurate youth load ," without any recoil ". I developed this load for my 8 Yr old son, witch will be going deer hunting this fall. His rifle is a youth model Weatherby 243 WIN. a "Very" light rifle. I used 34.0 Hybrid 100, with a CCI large rifle primer and a Nosler 100 grain Partition bullet. Seat bullet at standard COL. This little gun shoots" Just Absolutely Great" I have not had time to checked the velocity yet . Should be around 2500-2600 ft . Witch is fine for hunting in a wooded area. The longest shoot would be no more than 60 Yards.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 07:27 AM
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Re: .243 loads

The 243 win is not marginal by any definition! There are so many great choices out there for her, I would personally consider her build and attitude before anything else. The last thing we want to do is scare her away. I would assume her 243 is a 1-10 twist, as most are these days, pick a bullet in 85g and don't chase speed at all! Keep the bullet light and the powder on the low end. I would suggest a TSX, TTSX, ACCUBOND, SST, NOSLER BT, Sierra SBT, man the list could go on and on for mule deer inside 300m.

Remember this experience is going to be seared into that little girls brain for the rest of her life, girls don't forget like little boys do.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 09:07 AM
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Re: .243 loads

80gr Berger and enough H4895 to get about 2700-2800 fps and you are golden.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 09:59 AM
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Re: .243 loads

One of the guys I hunt with loads a reduced load with the 55g Nosler Ballistic Tip for deer (littler kids). Works fine if they get anywhere in the heart lung area. I think he loads it to 3200fps or so instead of 4000.

If the kid can take a little more recoil the 87g Berger Classic Hunter or 85g Sierra HPBT are the way to go. They work out to 400 yards and more easily on deer so they could also be reduced for shorter range usage.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 01:30 PM
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Re: .243 loads

My best load is win 760 44.8 gr with 105 berger vld
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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:36 PM
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Re: .243 loads

My friend and I have both taken a LOT of whitetail deer with 95 Nosler BT's out to as far as 250 yards. (Most shots here are 100 yards or less, unless you actually go find a spot to shoot further). My friend uses IMR 4064 and I use either Varget or 4831SC. And all of these loads are absolutely devastating on deer. I always shoot for a double lung shot but we take other people hunting with these guns a lot, kids,wives, friends or whoever so I've seen people hit game on nearly every part of a deer and rarely ever lose one.

My marlin xs7 shoots them consistently 1/2"-3/4" @ 100 yards
His Winchester shoots them at 7/8"
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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:42 PM
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Re: .243 loads

My Tikka shoots the 80TTSX over Varget fast and very accurate.
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