243 a-max

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by skeeter, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. skeeter

    skeeter Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Has anyone use these for deer hunting before?
  2. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    i've only shot a few, put a real hurtin on em!

  3. green 788

    green 788 Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    I've heard from a few different guys who have had good luck with the 105's from the .243 win.

    I appear to be an exception, as I believe strongly that I hit a light doe in the lungs with one at 170 yards and she ran off into a wooded area and I lost track of her. I could have missed, but I don't really think I did...


  4. lerch

    lerch <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

    Nov 15, 2004
    I think they would work great for light skinned deer. Our deer in OK average a mature buck at 150lbs and does around 120lbs.

    We used them greatly on pdogs out to 1100yds

    good luck
  5. CPorter

    CPorter Active Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    The bullets will work ok. One thing that should be considered is that the bullets require a 1:8 or faster (1:7) twist rate to stabilize at normal .243/6mm velocities. Your normal factory rate of 1:10 or 1:9.125 won't stabilize them properly and they will precess or tumble
  6. keithcandler

    keithcandler Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Hi Skeeter, I was with a youngster in Kansas this year when he dropped a 320 lb white tail. I called him in using a rattle bag to our bale blind. He was 320 yards, he was hit dead center of the shoulder on a broadside shot with a 100g Hornady SPBT going 2950 fps. The bullet broke the shoulder on the side where it entered and destroyed the heart and part of the lungs with no exit. He traveled 20 yards after being hit.

    I do believe that this shot is about the limit of the effective range of the 243 to say the least. We had spent a lot of time with this particular rifle and knew of it's capability at 300-400 yards. The bullet's construction was adequate, but the core ran out of gas on the first shoulder.

    You can not count on getting a broadside shot all the time, you have to take the best shot presented...that's hunting for you.

    I had a hunting partner use the 85g Barnes Tripple shock. He shot a doe at 85 yards as the doe was going away from him. He shot the doe in the right hind quarter, slightly quartering, so the bullet would angle through the body and possibly break the shoulder on the diagonal. The bullet did in fact break the shoulder and exited. The deer of course did in fact drop in it's tracks. The 85g Barnes Tripple shock is VERY accurate in his 700 Varmint.

    The Barnes 85g may be an alternative for you on a good deer bullet. The Barnes Tripple shock bullets that I have shot in my 7 Mag have been very accurate and do not copper foul anymore than a normal Nosler Bullet.

    Good luck to you!