.243 handload

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by daveyj, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. daveyj

    daveyj Member

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    Anyone have a moderate starter load for the 243? First go round with it and just interested to hear folks thoughts with the caliber and what kind of luck people are having with components and fps with differant bullet wts.

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. diderr

    diderr Well-Known Member

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    Here is a good website to help you out.
    http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
     

  3. landcbeitner

    landcbeitner Well-Known Member

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    If you have a 1:8 twist barrel like me, you've got to try the 108gr Berger BT's (.546 BC). In a 26" barrel I can easily push them 3000fps and better. I've had great luck with 42.5 gr of 4831 SC and 39.5gr of H4350. Both these loads do 1/4 MOA out to 300yds and better than 1/3 MOA for 500yds (3 shot groups). Always start low and work up. I use Lapua Brass and rem 9 1/2 LR primers but I'm going to test other primers soon.