100 grain bullets out of a remington 740 woodsmaster in 244


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THEmandrew04
July 17, 2009, 11:47 AM
I have read in several articles

http://www.huntingmag.com/guns_loads/6mm_remington/

that the Remington 740 woodsmaster in 244 will not accurately deliver a 100 grain bullet down the range.

Is this true?

Please excuse my noobness

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Art Eatman
July 17, 2009, 12:37 PM
I might be off base and backwards, so bear with me: When the cartridge was first introduced, the barrel twist rate was more suitable for varmint bullets. On the slow side, although I don't recollect the rate. So, tight-group accuracy with the heavier bullets wasn't all that good.

OTOH, rifles for the .243 Winchester had somewhat faster twists and did better with a broader range of bullet weights.

In the FWIW department, I've killed some 20+ bucks with an 85-grain Sierra HPBT in my .243. Neck shots and cross-body heart shots; no angling shots into the body. I generally made the kills at around 100 yards, give or take a little. The deer rarely dressed out over 120 pounds.

So if I had a .244 (6mm Rem) I'd likely check the accuracy with 80-grain loads and then go pester Bambi or Wily.

alsaqr
July 17, 2009, 08:57 PM
The .244 Remington model 722 had 1 turn in 12" rifling. The gun would not reliably stabilize long pointed 100 grain bullets. When the model 700 Remington came out; Remington re-designated the cartridge as the 6mm Remington. They also gave the 700 a 1 turn in 10" twist barrel.

The change in nomenclature was confusing and the cartridge never sold well. The .244/6mm is a really good round. If your gun is stamped .244 Remington it has the slow twist barrel.

The barrel of my slow twist model 722 will stabilize the 100 grain Hornady round nose bullet.

JimKirk
July 17, 2009, 09:18 PM
My friend has a 244 Rem and it shoots Hornady 100 gr Round Nose well. He has shot several deer at 200 yds with good results. His is a Remington 722.

Jimmy K

41 Mag
July 17, 2009, 11:26 PM
My friends .244 will only run up to the 80gr spitzer type bullets well. Anything heavier or longer it simply doesn't like. He hasn't tried the RN but I might pass it on to him to do so.

THEmandrew04
July 18, 2009, 02:43 PM
I'll try out the 80 grain spitzer-type and 100 ground round nose and see if I can get some good groups. I doubt I'll try any shots over 200 yards. Most of my hunts are meat hunts so I'm looking for central texas does (very short range shooting) or south texas pigs (longer shots). Thanks, I appreciate the info.

MCgunner
July 18, 2009, 03:01 PM
Just shoot an 80 grain controlled expansion bullet. Remember that Barnes bullets will be longer for their weight due to solid copper construction.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=950050

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=483046

NCsmitty
July 18, 2009, 09:54 PM
Do not use a boat tail bullet. I recommend a flat base such as the 90gr Hot-Cor because they are shorter and able to stabilize in the slower twist. The Hot-Cor has a heavier jacket for good expansion on deer size game. If it shoots well in your rifle, it will do the job.
When handloaded to it's potential, the 244/6mm Rem can easily run 100fps+ on the 243 Win.


NCsmitty

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