243winchester recoil


fernie kazam
February 10, 2008, 11:43 PM
hey does anybody know if there is a difference in recoil between 55gr, 80gr and 100gr bullets when loaded in a 243? would you be able to "tell" what weight you were shooting just by feel?

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February 11, 2008, 12:06 AM
Grab a reloading manual, go to this site and find your answers.


Art Eatman
February 11, 2008, 12:20 AM
Maybe with the 100-grain. Might be a little difficult between the 55 and 80. the recoil with a 100-grain is at least noticeable, but my 85- and 55-grain loads are putty-tats for recoil...

February 11, 2008, 12:21 AM
You used .243 Winchester and recoil in the same sentence. :neener:

You'd have to be pretty recoil sensitive to tell much difference, but there will be a change.

Sav .250
February 11, 2008, 08:12 AM
"would you be able to tell?"
brentwal`s commens hit the nail on the head. To me, it seemed like an odd
question to start with.

February 11, 2008, 08:42 AM
Not really. My dad started reloading before I did and he used to brew up loads for my 03 Springfield. He'd make rounds with a 180 gr. over 45 grains of IMR 4064, then 46 grains, 47 grains, and 48 grains. I'd shoot a few and then move on to the heavier ones, but I'd shoot them back to back.

I'll tell you this. The difference ONE GRAIN of powder makes in recoil can be noticable. While I wasn't to the point where I could tell him the exact powder charge, I could easily tell him whether the round he handed me was stronger or weaker than the one before.

And before anyone pipes up with something crazy, I regularly shoot my 6 pound .444 Timber Carbine (which, incidentally, some lunatic tried to sell for $2900 on auctionarms recently) which has a fair bit of recoil to it

February 11, 2008, 08:46 AM
If you really focused on the perceived recoil you might be able to note some difference - although it won't be very much.

But if you are really focused on your shooting (as the shooter should be) any difference in recoil is not too likely to be felt.



February 11, 2008, 02:24 PM
Go here and calculate the recoil for yourself.


Your big variables are how hot you load the round and how much your rifle weighs.

I could tell the difference between a 55 grain and a 100 grain. But both are relatively mild in my 9 pound rifle.

February 11, 2008, 02:48 PM
Frankly, the .243 has about as close to zero recoil as possible.

February 11, 2008, 03:15 PM
My .243 with a 95 grain bullet at just over 3000 fps is only about 10 pounds of recoil with my 9 pound rifle.

By comparison a 7.5 pound encore with a 350 grain bullet at about 2050 fps is up in the 35 pounds range. Thanks limbsaver!!

The upper limit of comfort for most shooters is in the 29 pounds range. This is just an average. I have a 30 06 that is in this range and I like it a lot more now that I have a recoil pad on it. With a steel buttplate it was not fun at all.

February 11, 2008, 04:30 PM
Agree with the others - not much recoil on a .243. I started out deer hunting with one when I was 12 and never had an issue with recoil. I used to shoot 85gr to 100gr for deer, antelope, etc.

February 11, 2008, 05:31 PM
wait, wait, wait. Someone said a .243 recoils? :D

February 11, 2008, 08:03 PM
C'mon guys. Some folks are sensitive to recoil, and I know that my .243 has measurable recoil. Not like a 12 ga slug gun, or a .45-70 with stout loads, but yeah, the .243 recoils.

A dozen rounds with my .45-70 and I'm liable to call it quits. 50 rounds with the .243 and I'm still good to go.

A couple of months ago, some friends and I were shooting at 250 yard targets from prone and I was using the .243. I couldn't get comfortable and after about a dozen rounds, I realized the little rifle was pounding the hell out of my collar bone. I switched to a sitting position and was fine, but I felt the recoil that day. A lot depends on shooter position as regards felt recoil.

February 11, 2008, 08:10 PM
I shoot a 243 often and chose it because of the recoil. I found that after shooting a light weight 270 for awhile I had developed a flinch. I have shot bullets from 55 up to 100 and cant say that I have notice much of a difference but also cant say I have shot them all at the same time. I have found that the 95gr fusions work great on coyotes and I am sure on a deer or whatever. I know after shooting these I didnt feel like I had been beaten but hey I am not super manly man and can say I still noticed it.

February 11, 2008, 11:51 PM
The .243 shouldn't beat up anybody.

I took a whack on the collarbone one hot summer afternoon I remember to this day.

T-shirt, hard buttplate, poor hold. Oh yeah.

February 11, 2008, 11:57 PM
The wonderful advantage to the .243 is not only is there no appreciable recoil (relative to other deer class cartridges), but it is still a potent enough cartridge to take all small game and most medium size game (up to 200-250 lbs with the proper bullet) in North America.

February 12, 2008, 12:39 AM
I don't think you'll notice a lot.

February 12, 2008, 12:49 AM
the 100 grners feel similar to a 308, but once you get to 80 grns and below , it really does feel like a 223.

February 12, 2008, 01:17 AM
Hi Barr...

You say the .243 is good on game ..."up to 200-250 lbs with the proper bullet) "

Make that "with ANY" bullets - and good on game up to about 450 lbs. with 95gr. and 100gr. bullets.... and proper shot placement.

Bet on it. ;)


February 12, 2008, 12:55 PM
Small deer back home, .243 does alright... easy shooting too.

Last time I shot .243 was in a Remi 7400

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