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Old 12-16-2008, 08:19 PM
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243 coyote/cat loads

The lovely Santa bought me a new Savage 243 for Christmas to replace my old 222 the bag guys stole. I sold 56 pelts last year, wanting something that won't tear gaping hole in the fur. Majority of the hunting is done with cattle near by, so prefer some thing that won't keep going to far if exiting. The 222 and 50 gn TNT was about the closet thing to perfect I could have asked for. Any body have a light load using 70 TNT or one of the other varmint bullets that might fit the bill?
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:32 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

sell it and get 22 hornet. i think the 243 has just a little to much ***** if your worried about pelts, good luck though on ur hunt.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:45 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

I would like to know too. I bought a 243 because I wanted to anchor coyotes and was not to worried about the big hole. If there is a load in the 70 to 80grain range that would not exit or make minimal damage that would be cool. Until then I will just plan on punching holes in what I shoot.
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:48 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

I would try 70 grain and 80 grain nosler bal tips and keep them around 3,100 fps or a hair slower and you should see decent results on fur. I shot 80's and have had great accuracy but don't hit shoulders or you will have bullet splash! Accuracy is top notch from my 1-9 twist remington! Try varget powder. I do adc so fur isn't my biggest concern and have been playing with 90 nosler bal tips and 95 berger VLD"s. I shoot at some longer ranges and want dead coyotes and don't worry about fur as much, but I was surprised with the 80 nolsers! They are very fur friendly as long as you keep them off bone!
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

I've had good results this season (so far) with little or no fur damage using Hornady 75 gr HP's. All shots were frontal or quarting to. Haven't had a broadside yet.

No enough coyotes taken with this load to make a "for sure" claim but it looks promising.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:10 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

85g SGK. 2 holes, thats all folks, in and out.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:45 PM
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Re: 243 coyote/cat loads

first depends on the twist that your gun will allow you to shoot acurately. I wanted to shoot 55gr. btips out of one of mine and it just simply wont. I loaded it with 87gr. vmaxes and it shoots lights out. So if your gun will shoot 55gr. ballistic tips well try them to see. I have used them on squirles and they blow them sky high and I used them on white tails and it punches one hole in and good night. I havent had an exit or a run away. Actually havent had one move after the shot??????

I would say give them a try and if they tear them up try a solid with beanie cap shots. I personally havent dealt with anyother 6mm bullets on yotes except the 87gr. vmax and have had mixed results.
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