Last year my son shot a doe and I shot a 6-point buck the same day about 5 hours apart. Both were one shot kills, both were broad side. One was shot in the heart and the other in the lungs and both were complete pass throughs. Each deer ran less than 40 yards and then died immediately.
We were both using Federal Premium Moly coated 100 grain Nosler Partitions.
I don't own a 243 but I loaded bullets for one for a friend of mine. We chose H4350 and 95 Btip. He killed 2 pronghorn, 2 Kansas whitetails, and a Colorado muley with these loads. Then, he and his wife took it to New Brunswick and they killed 2 or 3 black bears over bait with it. No failures, just dead animals.
Nosler will have the 243 90 gr AB out in 2011. Nosler part number 56357.
I've always wanted a midweight bonded bullet for coyotes and the occasional deer. I've had great results with the 100gr Sierra gameking, but wanted a lighter bullet for more velocity. The 80gr GMX, 85gr Interbond, and 90gr Scirocco have not shot well in my rifle with a 1 in 10 twist.
Another bullet I'm experimenting with is the new 87gr Berger VLD for the 1 in 10 twist with a G1 BC of .412. It is a whole different type perfomer than the bonded bullets but still seems effective. I signed up on here to test it and they sent me a box. I worked up a 1/2" load in my custom 243 when I got them in. My girlfriend and a couple other gals used this rifle to take their deer this year and the Berger's performance was impressive. None of the 3 deer moved more than 20ft after the shot at ranges from 70-210yds. One gal shot her buck to far back and the internal damage was so great the buck still only made it 20ft. My rifle is a 14lb gun with a thumbhole stock and the girls could make steady shots with it off my Bogpod tripod. All deer were shot broadside from a blind with the tripod rest. I don't like that none of the bullets exited, and that none of them bled much at all from the entrance wound, but I was impressed with the internal damage they caused. I can't argue with the results. I still like a bullet that will open fast then hold together and exit to leave a blood trail, but bergers are designed to deliver enough shock that game just drops. The 5 whitetail I've seen shot with 87 or 95gr bergers didn't make it over 20yds. I can't say I've had quicker kills with any other rifle/bullet I've tried and I've used everything from 243 to 300win. I will continue to experiment with them, they have the best BC for their weight and are very accurate. I wouldn't use them on anything but a good broadside shot, but I woudn't use any other 243 bullets for shots that require more penetration either.
87 grain vmax has treated me, family and friends all really well out of my 243. everything from whitetails, muledeer and black bears. havent lost one and the farthest i have had to walk was about 150yrds but that was because it dropped right where it was and rolled 150yrds down the mountain?????
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"