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Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

 
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:58 PM
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Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

I would like to develop a light load in .243 capable of effectively putting down whitetail. I am going to be loading these for my son (9 years old), and was thinking of using the lightest bullet that would still get the job done and with reduced powder charge so the recoil wouldn't be too much for him. It's a Rem model 700, and with the factory 100gr. bullets it does have a decent kick (for 9 year old standards). Any load recommendations on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:27 PM
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

The 85-90 grain load will kick noticable less in a light .243.

My son shoots Federal ammo with the 85 Barnes TSX in his. I loaded up some 100 grn hornadys and he noticed the increased kick right away (wasn't even a max load). He said he'd rather shoot the 85's, and he's 19 now.

The 85 Barnes will fly about 3200'/sec and shoot moa pretty easily. He's taken alot of big mule deer and a couple of whitetail and a doe antelope with his Browning Lever Rifle and that load......Distances have been about 150 yds to 250 yds.

Here's a pic of him with a whietail and muley doe from 2 seasons ago. Guess I should've had him get his rifle in the photo too.




You can see, these are pretty good sized deer. Boy is about 5' 9" and we're guessing the buck weighed every bit of 250 lbs.

Last edited by SBruce; 01-01-2011 at 04:59 PM. Reason: little more info.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:32 PM
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

You might not want to "down load" with the 85 Barnes, it may not expand if you do.

But, there are other 85 or 90 grain bullets that would probably do just fine with less velocity.
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

When my son was younger I loaded up 87gr V-Max. They sure put the smack down on everything. When he turned around 12 I started loading 95gr Bergers and 105gr A-Max. They all shoot great and have not had any problems dropping deer at 500 yards with any of them.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:17 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

It is not loaded down as far as the velocity is but recoil is lighter than 100 gr.
85 gr Sierra HPBT 37.3 grs IMR 4064, WW case, Fed. 210M Primers will do around 3000 fps out of a 22" barrel. It hammers deer. This is the accuracy and hunting load given in the 50th Anniversary edition Sierra manual except for the case. They used Fed cases.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:38 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

I made light loads for my friends young son last year . he is about 8 or 9 years old and recoil shy , but he thought these bullets were great . the load is from my speer # 13 manual . I used a sierra 85 grain HPBT bullet . IMR4198 powder , 17.0 grain @ 1796 fps - 19.0 grain @ 2005 fps . I used 17.0 . he did not get a shot at a deer so I can't give you on game performance . Jim
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:47 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a whitetail load in .243

So are the Sierra bullets that you guys are using Matchkings or Gamekings? Thanks to everyone for all of the great advice.
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