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Old 09-29-2013, 11:34 AM
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.243 reload questions

Years back on a midwest hunt with an outfitter my prize Rem 700 .270 didn't make it due to airlines baggage issues. I was handed a Rem Mohawk Model 6 in .243 with which I took 2 mulies with one shot each. The rifle was a pleasure to carry in the hills. So recently I bought a Rem model Seven in .243 and am having a devil of a time working up a viable white tail load. The model 6 had a very short barrel as is the model Seven. The mulie load used 100gr nosler partitions. I stocked up on 500 of those. I have 8 pounds of 3031 that I use for the .270 and 30-06. Given the current cost of components (and scarcity) I'd like to use what I have. I've tried powder weights all around the recommended 35gr of 3031 and have surprisingly poor accuracy at 50 yards.
I put 85gr factory ammo through it and all the rounds shoot through the same hole at 50 yards. My thoughts are that the barrel of the Model Seven is too short to stabilize the longer 100 gr bullets. Valid theory or not? I can't see how the old Mohawk was able to drive the 100gr bullets 200 yards with stellar accuracy and I can't get the same performance out of the Model Seven.

Anyone have any suggestions? I want to keep the rifle. For whitetail I want to stay around 95gr - 100gr for bullet weight.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:51 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

This was from last week. It was my first rounds of Reloading/ load development. I don't remember how much powder but I was using 4350 and 105 grain betters just touching the lands. I'm extremely green and really excited with that group from a 243 that my dad bought me when I was 12 from a pawn shop in grand junction.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:55 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

What is the twist rate of your Model 7? I am thinking that you should have a 1 in 9" twist to stabilize anything over 95 gr.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:39 PM
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Re: .243 reload questions

It looks like 1:9 and the barrel is 18"
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:04 PM
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Re: .243 reload questions

Go to 4350 powder. Either IMR or H with a .010 jump to lands and you should see improvements. The Nosler 95gr Ballistic tips with that should work well...or your 100gr partitions.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:06 PM
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Re: .243 reload questions

You might want to try 80gr partitions maybe your barrel just doesn't like 100grainers. I know I'm probably going to get shunned for saying such things but you may want to try an 87gr. Vmax I've had excellent results with them on both white tail and mule deer. A buddy of mine took his girlfriend out just last night and she shot a big muledeer buck with them. 97yards and the bullet broke the first shoulder and stopped just under the skin on the oposite side. Idk its up to you but I've had great results on everything except one coyote wich I shot it dropped I went over to get it it jumped up ran through 500yards of stubble field leaving about a 1 foot wide blood trail. ?????? Still perplexing to this day
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:57 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

Your model 7 has the same twist a barrel length as the 600 . try 95 partitions. or 95 cbt. i use varget and I -4064 for accuracy and I/H 4350 for a little more velocity. i load for 6 different .243s. lapua brass and 210m primers. where are you hunting Whitetail?
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