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.243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

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Unread 08-29-2005, 10:21 PM
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Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

I have used 48 gr of RL 22 in my 243 ack with decent groups but to be honest I was only getting like 3200fps out of that load and it just didn't make sense to shoot them when I could get 3300 fps from the 105 gr AMAX. I'm sure its from the slow powder but why waste the time. I'm now strongly considering the nosler 70 ballistic tip with maybe varget?. I haven't run the numbers yet but 3200 fps with the 87 vmax vs. 3600+ with the 70 gr ballistic tips would be pretty interesting to see who's the winner. Now I think I know why so many varmint hunters use the 70 gr BT.

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Unread 08-30-2005, 01:34 AM
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Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

Out to 700 the Nosler takes it in drop by about 15"+, but of course, the Hornady beats it in wind from at least 400 on out.
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Unread 08-30-2005, 06:22 AM
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Re: .243 Win & 87 gr VMAX

I'm shooting 47.5 grains of H-4831sc. Velocity is averaging 3225 fps.

This has been a very accurate load for me, however I'm shooting a model 70 heavy barrel with a rather long throat (seating bullets to lans).
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