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Old 06-07-2009, 09:25 PM
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.243 win loads

hey guys,
I have an old .243 that I thought that I could use for coyote and cats. I would like to sell the pelts. Does anybody have a couple of good loads for anything down to the size of a bobcat at normal ranges? a seperate load for 500-600yards on yotes? thanks
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:08 PM
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hey guys,
I have an old .243 that I thought that I could use for coyote and cats. I would like to sell the pelts. Does anybody have a couple of good loads for anything down to the size of a bobcat at normal ranges? a seperate load for 500-600yards on yotes? thanks
From my standpoint the .243 is an great round. it has a high enough ballistic coefficient to get you to 1000 yards. If you use the heavier bullets, it will drop deer cold in their tracks inside 250 yards. If you are intending to save pelts I would suggest a .17 caliber of some sorts. the little .17 caliber bullet will dump all its energy in the yote. No exit wound, and 'ole Willey won't take a step. If you gotta run what you got, I would suggest the lightest bullet you can find. Even with the lightest .243 bullets, the coyote doesn't stand a cold chance in hell with a well placed shot. Just don't hit bone.

I don't want to save pelts so I will shoot them with what ever I have in my hand at the time I see one with in range of my marksmanship skills.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:05 PM
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Re: .243 win loads

angus,
I haven't shot any coyotes or bobs with this bullet but I imagine it would do just fine. I have taken crows with it out to 300yds, I even killed two one day with one shot. Boy were they (the survivors) mad!
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:28 PM
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Re: .243 win loads

No help with the pelt saving load, the .243 isn't great for that. For long range work a 105 Berger over Retumbo is big medicine. Makes a darn good deer, antelope, and elk round (used responsibly) as well.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:54 PM
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No help with the pelt saving load, the .243 isn't great for that. For long range work a 105 Berger over Retumbo is big medicine. Makes a darn good deer, antelope, and elk round (used responsibly) as well.
I was actually looking at getting some of the Berger 105's. How do yo ulike them for deer? I was just concerned that at closer ranges (75 yrds) the bullet would blow up. What the longes shot you have on a deer with the 105?

How many grains of retumbo are you using and what your MV and barrel length?
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:57 PM
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Re: .243 win loads

Shot lot's!! of yotes with 60 gr Sierra HP and some IMR4064 behind it . Have had very good luck on hides with the load. Most of the time as good or better than my 223.
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Re: .243 win loads

most of my 250+ coyotes were shot with 37.5 4064 and 85 sierra.
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