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Old 03-14-2012, 11:38 PM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

I bought a 243 for my son for the light recoil. I have been loading 100gr. speer GS, 100gr. hornady spire point and round nose that I had on the shelf and they did ok, but it just didn't have the punch to my liking. So I got some 85gr. barnes tsx for it and that made the difference. My son shot a doe at 120yards and the bullet entered in the front shoulder, went through, broke 3 ribs, exited and broke the other leg, deer ran 30 yards and fell. These bullets shoot better that any of the other ones I have put through it. I was not very sure about a 85gr. bullet for deer, but the barnes bullet is almost the same length as the 100gr. bullets I have been using. They are impressive in my opinion and perform well with better penetration.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:58 AM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

I grew up w/243 first rifle and now my sons. We have both taken bulls w/same. Scirroco 2 90 gr. works well
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:04 AM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

243 at 200 yards? This is easy to answer. PARTITION!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:35 PM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

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243 at 200 yards? This is easy to answer. PARTITION!!!
VEEMAN - i have one .243 i have shot over 2000 rounds through. i have 6. you do no say what rifle. only .243 caliber. without a doubt a 95 partition followed by a 100 or even an 85 partition. or any of the 100 grainers, horn. sierra, ect
. you may be able to get more velocity out of 4350. but varget is an accurate and an extreme powder. 50 fps mean little. powder choices . 1 varget. 2 4350. 3. I4064.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:34 PM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

Thanks for all the replies everyone! Guess I should have mentioned it's a Remington 700 sps with a 24" barrel. Tried some Hornady 87 gr V-mav's today and also let him try some shooting a little further than 100 yards. I got to proudly watch him hit pop cans all the way out to 300 yards and yes, I am still grinning.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:57 PM
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Re: Best 243 bullet for deer?

I was loading 95gr Combined tech B-Tips for my daughter for Whitetails. I noticed they were shedding their jackets on us and switched to 100gr Speer Boat tails. So far so good. If she doesn't move up into the 25/06 this year I think I'll put her into the 95 Partitions.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:05 AM
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243 at 200 yards? This is easy to answer. PARTITION!!!
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I tried a bunch of hunting bullets and in the end, my Howa 1500 simply loves the 85gr Partition at 3200fps.
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