Load advice for a Browning .243

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by tim1457, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. tim1457

    tim1457 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys, I could really use your advice/wisdom here. I recently sold a Browning A-bolt .300 to purchase a rifle for my son who is 12. (I do have a new .300 by the way which made it a little easier parting with the A-bolt). I picked up a lightly used Browning Mountain Ti chambered in .243. Since I was going to the range that day, and don't have dies, bullets, etc. yet for the .243, I bought a box of Hornady 95 gr. SST's. Being a reloader and wanting the best of accuracy, I was disappointed with the grouping of the SST's. Best group 1.625 @ 100 yards. I plan on using for deer hunting with my son and want a heavier bullet. I don't mind taking the time to tweak, just want some solid starting advice and bullet/powder reccomendations. The barrel is a 1 in 10 twist. Thanks, Tim
     
  2. jmd025

    jmd025 Well-Known Member

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    I ve used Sierra Gameking and Matchkings almost exclusively in my 243s, and had great results.... I stick with the 85 gr. They have proven pretty devastating on whitetail for me.

    I had good results out of federal premium factory loads with the above mentioned bullet. I would recommend you give them a try.
     

  3. tim1457

    tim1457 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply jmd. I've read where some people say the 1 in 10 shoots 100 gr, fine and others say only 87gr. or less. It's mind boggling. I also emailed Sierra and Berger for advice. Thanks, again.
     
  4. davewitt

    davewitt Member

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    Your ten twist barrel will stabalize the hornady 100gr round nose just fine and it will perform well on deer.I am assuming you are not shooting at extreme range.