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Old 10-01-2013, 02:32 PM
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Re: .243 reload questions

for a deer load my 243 with a 10 twist loves 80g factory blue box federal. at 400 yrs the 80s are still over 2300fps and 940 ft/lbs the 100s are 1980fps and 870 ft lbs. doesnt seem like much but the 80s are 8inch flatter shooting. currently i am only hand loading 75 and 87vmax with H and IMR4350. both shoot great.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:30 PM
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Re: .243 reload questions

I know it's not a 243, but I have a model 7 in 7mm-08. Last year I could barely keep my groups under 3" with that rifle. Just when I thought I had it shooting good, my groups would open up in random directions. I almost brought it to a gunsmith, but decided to tweak it myself first.

I ended up removing the pressure points from the end of the stock where they were touching the barrel. I bedded the last 1" of the receiver, recoil lug and first 1" of the barrel with JB-weld and have had excellent results. Before bedding, I placed a small piece of copper wire under the recoil lug that raised the end of the barrel out of the stock enough to be able to slip a piece of paper under the barrel.

My latest target is attached. I do love the rifle. It is such a great gun to carry.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:37 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

I'd agree with your approach except that the rifle drives tacks with lighter (shorter) bullets.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:01 AM
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EMP- it does not have to do with the length of the barrel or twist rate that the 100 grain partitions are not shooting good. try a different one like a sierra or hornady . the 9 twist remington easily stabilizes those 100 grain bullets. even a 10 twist sako will too. or you could try a different powder too.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:36 AM
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I agree. I love partitions but some guns just dont. A gun that doesnt like a particular bullet like yours and the 100 grain partitions doesnt mean that it doesnt like all 100s. Id give sierras or nos bts a try. there both great whitetail bullets in the 243. If your gun wont shoot either of those well it probably just doesnt like 100s and that can be caused by barrel harmonics as much as twist. Ive also seen groups cut in half with a differnt powder and even a differnt brand of primer. I also agree with the suggestion to bed your stock and float your barrel. It sometimes does wonders and seldom hurts accuracy. One more bit of advice. Never go out and buy a gun and then buy 5 boxes of the same bullet knowing that thats the bullet your going to use. Buy one box and see if its a bullet your gun likes. My shelves are full of boxes of full and partial bullets that never worked out. I usually dont get rid of them because it seems when i do i end up picking up another gun it that chambering but it is alot of money sitting idle.
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EMP- it does not have to do with the length of the barrel or twist rate that the 100 grain partitions are not shooting good. try a different one like a sierra or hornady . the 9 twist remington easily stabilizes those 100 grain bullets. even a 10 twist sako will too. or you could try a different powder too.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:07 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

Understood. I'll be able to get rid of the partitions, and probably make a few bucks on the deal. I would expect a longer barreled rifle to be a victim of harmonics. This 18 inch tube doesn't touch wood til the recoil lug. Paper slides through easily. I've been able to keep my components "generic" thus far. IMR3031 for my .223 30-06 .270 8mm. I was hoping to continue keeping it simple. Partitions in all.

Noslers in my handguns, 2400 in my 44mag (rifle and pistol), unique in everything else.

The old dog needs to learn new tricks.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:17 AM
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Re: .243 reload questions

EMP- not all whitetail are created equal, the ones in alberta/sask cost 7k to hunt and weigh 350 pounds. the ones here push 46 to 90 pounds, i have kilt them with 70 balisitic tips. lots and lots of good deer bullets out there . partitons are one of my favorites but they don't give great accuracy . on game i like them . you might consider changing to varget as your ONE powder when supplies allow. the model sevens i have loaded for shot real good.
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