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Old 03-28-2013, 08:02 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

I have used Searra 85 gr. HPBT Game Kings for 30 years plus. They are devastating & extremely accurate. To find out what is your most accurate load is you need to do a ladder test with your rifle at 100 yds. Use some factory ammo to sight in with first. Load one bullet at the minimum charge and increase each shell by 1/2 grain until you get to the maximum load. While using very steady front & rear rests aim at the center of your target for "EACH" shot. Your shots should hit low at first then move up with each shot until you have 2 to 4 shots that hit in the same group. Then the rest may move up on the target. The smallest group will be your most accurate load with the components you are testing. I used IMR 4350 powder and CCI primers. - - - - - - - - - - - -

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PS: You need to keep track of each shot so you know what powder weight was in each shot.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:55 AM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

Many of the bullets for the 243 do not expand enough for deer. Coulntelss deer have run off and died with a pencil hole in them from people using 100g bullets that don't expand.

The 85g Sierra is a consistent performer that really maximizes the 243 lethality potential. It also is an accurate bullet. Expect a 50 cent sized hole or better through the ribcage.

Berger has possibly made a bullet that competes with the Sierra. The 95g Classic Hunter. I have a couple of my Buddies shooting them and so far performance is good.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:10 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

You may want to consider the 105 A-max. Works extremely well.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:01 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

Ive shot a ton of MT whitetails in Montana in river bottoms, quite a few from a floating canoe, lots off the hills above with a 243, its my favorite deer caliber. 95 and 105's, never had any run off. Shot many a MT antelope with 243 also.

Get an accurate one and a good scope, its a great deer caliber.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:28 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

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Many of the bullets for the 243 do not expand enough for deer. Coulntelss deer have run off and died with a pencil hole in them from people using 100g bullets that don't expand.

The 85g Sierra is a consistent performer that really maximizes the 243 lethality potential. It also is an accurate bullet. Expect a 50 cent sized hole or better through the ribcage.

Berger has possibly made a bullet that competes with the Sierra. The 95g Classic Hunter. I have a couple of my Buddies shooting them and so far performance is good.
I fully agree with the statement that the 85 Sierra is a solid performer. However I would be curious as to what bullets in the 100g you are talking about. I have seen dozens of deer takin with 100g bullets that didn't move after the shot. I have loaded nosler partitions, hornady spbt interlock, Sierra game king and pro hunter, and probably my favorite is the Speer spbt. I have not been disappointed in the performance of any of these bullets.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:01 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

Probably the most run offs I have seen were with the 100g Cor-lokt's .

Most of the bullets you have listed are not available easily in loaded ammo.

I have shot deer in the lungs with them and had them run over a 1/4 mile without showing the hit or leaving a blood trail to fall over dead. Tracked some down that the people swore were not hit too.

I have had one big muley trot 300 yards in a circle spewing blood 6' out of a quarter sized hole from a Sierra 85ghpbt. You probably won't get much better performance and yet the deer went a good way. It left a trail a blind man could follow.

I have never seen a 100g exit hole much bigger than a dime from a 243. Maybe some of them work ok and I have some 105 Amax's to try on deer. All I know is that everybody that uses my loads swear that they kill deer way faster than anything the used before. Most people use either Remington, Federal or Winchester ammo.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:00 PM
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Re: 243 for whitetails

I have never used any Core lokts so I can't comment on those. But if you were interested in trying something in the 100g. I am loading the Speer spbt with a heavy load of either h414 or h4350 in my 26" and getting right at 3100fps and great accuracy with both. I generally see at least quarter sized exit wounds especially if a shoulder bone is hit.
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