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243 Vmax load help

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:50 PM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

I gotta get my 87 vmaxes going... would love to get something ready for some 600 yd yotes.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:20 PM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

Originally Posted by kimberyote View Post
I have to ask the question. Why switch from the berger to the vmax? I would constantly get fliers with the vmax. No with the berbers. The difference in weight between bullets & ogive distance drove me bat **** crazy with the vmaxs.
I dropped my 3rd yote with the bergers and as long as I don't hit bone, they are fine. Very accurate in my BLR with no fliers when I do my part.
I use RL 17 because of my short barrel. RL22 is a good choice too though.
Good luck!
I haven't had good luck with the bergers at close range. I've had few just pin hole through with no expansion and very little damage. I'm not worried about pelt damage at all, just want them dead. The Berger have been amazing at extended ranges and rediculously accurate. I have tried numerous powders with the Vmax and haven't found anything that gave me accuracy anywhere near the bergers. Considering trying Sierra or or something different.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:28 AM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

In your results with the bergers then, after the shot, there were no recoveries? You had run offs?
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:25 AM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

Yes I had 2 run offs in one weekend. Both shots were right around 100 yards.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:43 AM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

Have you tried the 80gr Varmint Ballistic Tips?

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:28 PM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

I use the 87 VMAX almost exclusively for my AR10T .243 rifle. 43.0 of H4350 with a 210M primer. I've shot coyotes at 20 yards to 785 with similar results. I use the same load for antelope as well. The last time I shot paper, the group was in the .3-.4 range if I remember correctly. Speed is 3200fps. 1.5 grains higher is another node, but another 100fps and barrel wear to boot isn't worth it to me.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:47 PM
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Re: 243 Vmax load help

The berger is twice the bullet the Vsplash is. Ur not making a good shot if ur getting runners.
My load is 42 gns of h4350 and 95gn Berger VLD's using Win cases and WLRM primers at 3136 fps. Never have i had a runner, drop like a rock no matter what the distance last dog i shot was at 87 yards and it flat out messed it up. Huge exit.
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