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.243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

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Unread 08-24-2005, 02:58 PM
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.243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

Anyone got some suggestions for loading this combination. I will be shooting it in a Sako Forester model. Currently I shoot 44.5 gr H414 85 gr NP at 3420 fps getting sub moa groups. I was thinking of trying MagPro, H414 and Varget with the VMAX bullets. Any suggestions?
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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    I will check my records when I get home. In my 243 Ruger VT shooting the 87 vmax best powder has been H4350. I also shot H380 and Varget but H4350 was the clear winner.

    Belive charge was right at Nostler #5 book max but will confirm when I get home. Was using WW brass and CCI 200 primers.

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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    I have some Nosler Brass to try out, I figured I'd play with some new stuff to fire-form it to my gun, and load it back up with the NPs if the vmax didn't work out. I have never used the H4350, and I tried H4831 on 300 Win Mag, 7mm Mag and .25-06 with no success. I guess I should give it another try, but IMR does so well for me, as does RL 19 and 22.

    I'll try out what you developed and see what I get. Why shouldn't I . . . it gives me an excuse to buy more powder! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    I have not used the 87 vmax to date . However I have used the sierra 85 hpbt over both H4350 and Imr 4350 and all the .243's that I have been associated with (30 yrs. worth) one or two exceptions would shoot that bullet with 42 grs. of either powder.

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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    I bet that would be a great bullet. If you have 1-9 twist you might try the 105 a-max. We have used it for plus 1000yd shooting with good results. Been using H4350 at about 3140fps.

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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    Out of my Rem 700 VS I've had good luck with 45grs of RL-19, WLR primer and Lapua brass. 1/2" groups at 100yds are common.
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    Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

    Has anyone used h414 in their .243? I have been getting sub 1/2 MOA with the Sierra 85 gr HPBT and 85 gr NP. I still have not received my new brass from Nosler to try out the 87 gr VMAX. I have been using 44.5 gr H414 with both loads. Do you think I should back off a little when using the VMAX as it is a longer bullet? I get 3280 fps with the Sierra and 3420 fps with the NP.
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