Best deer bullets for 243AI

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Old Coach, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Old Coach

    Old Coach Well-Known Member

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    I have a 243AI on the way and need suggestions for a deer and hog bullet.
    The rifle has a 9 twist in a 25" bbl.
    Most shots under 300 yds for now.
    Later in the season I hunt a different area and get a 600 yds shot at hogs.

    THANKS
    Coach
     
  2. theodore

    theodore Well-Known Member

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    95vld- its a great choice but depending on hunters preference it may be the best for them.
     

  3. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    For deer I like the 105 gr Amax, if your rifle will stabilize them. I've never hunted hogs, but have read they are tougher to put down than deer, so I think I'd look at the 90 gr Scirocco, much tougher bullet, espesially inside 300 yds.

    Chris
     
  4. harfman99

    harfman99 Well-Known Member

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    My personal preferance is the berger 105 vld. It works great on deer and would not hesitate to use it on hogs as long as shot placement is there.

    Chris
     
  5. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

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    I load 100g Sierra gamekings for my .243 AI. They shoot really flat and have taken a couple of Muleys at 300yds.

    My .243 AI has a 22"bbl though, It's a light weight mountain rifle.

    Dan
     
  6. shiredude

    shiredude Writers Guild

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    I would say it depends on what twist you're shooting. For a 10 twist bbl, it is hard to beat the 87 grainers. you can get them smoking out of an ackley case, almost up to 257 weatherby standards. For some faster twists, try the 115 Bergers. There is a very noticeable difference in "umphh" that the 115's carry over the 107's.

    I have shot a couple deer with the 107's out of my ackley, and I wasn't that impressed, they both pencilled through and needed a follow up shot. One was at 680 yds, and the other at 710. I was pushing them at about 3100.
    As far as the 115's, just have one kill, (508 yd deer), high shoulder shot and she never knew what hit her.
     
  7. pd721el

    pd721el Well-Known Member

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    I second the 100 Gameking, Have had very good luck taking game and accuracy.