.243 with 9-1/4 twist barrel

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by cowboy, May 9, 2010.

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  1. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    I have decided to try a savage after hearing all the good things about them the last few years. I need a mid cal. rifle for long range practice and coyotes when the wind is blowing - and it always blows on the prairie here in Montana. I know I should just buy the rifle and screw a 1-8 twist barrel on it and be done with it but I want to see for myself what a stock savage will do. I would appreciate any experience anyone has had on how heavy a bullet I should be able to stabilize with a factory 9-1/4 twist .243 barrel and any personal experiences or thoughts. There is another motive here in that I only own little rifles and big rifles and have a grandson that will need his first deer rifle. Thanks for your thoughts. HERE'S HOPING ALL THE MOTHERS OF LRH HAD A GREAT DAY TODAY.
  2. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    The best thing i have found was the sierra 85 bthp. I can't get the berger 95's to work that well. I have a rem 9 1/8 also for that reason of practice.
  3. DannoBoone

    DannoBoone Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    I got the VLP in .243 last year. Every time I've had a chance to attempt load
    development, the wind has been blowing harder than the forecast had
    stated......X-wind at that!

    Even at that, have gotten a few half inch groups (mainly with lighter Sierra's).
    Last time out, I had to zero a new scope and at 50yds, it put two A-max 105's
    through the same hole, so hopefully, this one will stabilize the heavies with
    the 9-1/4 twist.
  4. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2001
    There are 4 243 Savage barrels in the safe (2x10 twists , a flutted 9.25 and a 9.25 twist sporter) The 10 twist shoot the 55 grain Noslers great to 400 yards but the wind blowes them arond.
    The 105 grain Amaxes work good in both 9.25 barrrels past 500 yards and in the wind. Makes for a lot less recoil,cheaper to shoot and more fun than the bigger rounds.
  5. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    MachV - Thanks for the input - I'd be plumb happy if a 9-1/4 twist would handle 105 Amax's. Hopefully I can use them to get out to 6-800 for practice. Having 4 of the .243's - would you have any suggestions on what to start with on powder and primers etc. Thanks again - I think I'm going to pick up a Savage as soon as I can locate one with this info.
  6. Beelzebub

    Beelzebub Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2010

    Remington 700 VLS 243 Winchester 9.125:1 twist 26" Varmint Barel

    Hornady 105 AMAX 45.5/IMR7828 COAL 2.795" 3 shot gp @ 100 yds 0.211"
    Devastating on deer and dogs at 400+

    Speer 85 BTSP 37.0/IMR4064 COAL 2.635" 3 shot gp @ 100 yards 0.345"
    Also deady on deer and dogs

    Speer 85 BTSp 38.5/IMR4064 COAL 2.635" 3 shot gp @ 100 yards 0.418"
    also @ 300 yds 3hots = overlapping splatter

    Sierra 100 BTSP 35.5/IMR3031 COAL 2.620 3 shot gp @ 100 yards 0.363"
    gps shot with Model 70 Carbine and Remington Model 7 Unbelievable devastating load for medium deer. Have killed over 70 deer with this bullet in my Model 70 and Model 7. Most have dropped in their tracks. Never have I had to look more than 45-50 yards for a dead deer.

    I'm not responsible for any of the load data above used in your guns.

    Shoot straight, or shoot often.

  7. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    i have killed a lot of deer and atelope with the a sako .243 (1-10) twist. i used mostly an 85 bthp for everything ( deer/coyotes/crows) . i also shot some with a 100 horn and 95 partition. the weight and bc is better on those. the 105 amx and 95 berger was not available then . you can try them . i KNOW the three i used above are accurate and deadly. 250 coyotes and 20+ deer.
  8. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    I have a Savage 11BTH 243 with a 1 in 9.25 twist factory thumbhole stock for sale on gunbroker. It shoots very well with 100gr Sierra gameking bullets at 2900fps with IMR4831 powder. I haven't tried the lighter bullets but I have decided to sell it to put a 24" 6mm barrel on my old custom 243 to get a little more velocity. I like the accuracy, but it doesn't match my Leupold VH reticle as well as I'd like at 2900fps with the heavy bullets I want to use.