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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by fallout mike, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. fallout mike

    fallout mike Member

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    I picked up a .243 today at a price I just couldn't turn down. $150. Anyway, if it is accurate it will be my sons hunting rifle next year. I've never loaded this round. What are some of you guys favorite deer load for this caliber? I've only hunted once with a .243 with less than satisfactory results. I killed a deer but had to track it further than any deer I've ever killed. And I done my part by making a great shot. So, that said, im a bit leary of this round. My son will be 8 next hunting season.
     
  2. thomis

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    .243 Winchester is more than adequate for deer. Guaranteed.
    Which rifle did you snag that $150 deal on? Congrats

    I like IMR 4064 powder. There are a handful of powders and bullets adequate for deer sized game. But my standard deer load is 36.1 grains of IMR 4064 and a 100 grain bullet (I use the Hornady SP). Very accurate and the deer hate it. I've never tracked a deer further than out of sight.
     
  3. fallout mike

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    Thanks for the info. I had some people over today. One brought a friend. He just bought a .270 and a 7mm mag. He said he had one to sell cheap. Its a Remington 700 with a cheap tasco scope on it, a handful of ammo, and he said he has roughly 100 pieces of brass at home he is going to bring me. I've heard some people talking bad about the 700's. Never had one myself.
     
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    A 700 is a great action, nothing bad about them. Most will shoot sub moa right out of the box with the right loads and decent glass.
    As for a good bullet, 100 or 105 gr., Sierra, Hornady, Speer, are all great deer pills with a good load behind them. IMR-4350 will work very nicely under a 105 gr. bullet. Slow enough burning to get decent velocity without having peaking pressures to high, to quickly. Speer BTSP's have dropped deer for me with no problems for many years, and have also grouped exceptionally well for me too.

    GS
     
  5. tcanthonyii

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    DANG!! A Rem 700 for 150??? That's an amazing deal.
     
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    I myself just picked up a remington 700 in .243. I have heard nothing but great things about the .243 cartridge that is why I was sold on them.

    I am loading 36.5gr of RL15 with a Sierra 85gr Spitzer. This is the 4 shot group
     

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    I have a 770 that is a heat single shot. The lugs on the bought are upside down causing it to snag on the neck of the next round in the mag. @100 yards out will shout one hole with 65 gn Hornady V-Max & BL(C)-2. @50 yards it will shoot same hole with this load.

    I had taken 2 deer with the 65 V-Max & 20gn of a powder in the burn rate of Blue Dot. Nether went 30 yards. My son made a bad shot & his went about 150 yards because we got in a hurry & pushed it. If we would have waited it fell in sight.
     
  8. Kachok

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    Nice deal :) $150 is a steal. I have not hunted with 243 is quite some years, but the Nosler Ballistic tip is one of my favorites in my small calibers, they hit like a much larger caliber, and they penetrate better then the internet trolls would have you believe. My first choice for the 90gr BT would be H4831consult you Nosler Manual for the charge, but you should be able to get 3200+fps AND accuracy, the max charge of 4831 is Nosler's "most accurate" load I have had superlative luck using those in my rifles. If that does not put a deer down the next thing I am shooting is the rope holding him up.
    If you like heavier bullets or conventional bullets give the 100gr Serria Game King a go with 4350 or if you can find some N560. The Serria is a fantastic performer on game and is in my opinion the most accurate hunting bullet of all time, all five of my rifles shoot really really well with my SGKs, no other bullet does that.
    The 243 should do just fine for deer just just be picky about your bullets, that is true in any small caliber, a bullet through the vitals kills, a GOOD bullet through the vitals kills quickly.
     
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    Hornady 100gr soft points have done me alright. I've used IMR 4064 and 4895 with good results. My only complaint is they come apart pretty easily. I'm running 85gr TSX right now but have not yet killed a deer with them. You may also take a look at Partitions or somehting bonded. Anything will do though, if you hit them well.
     
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    I have an old model 7 in 243. It shoots 100 g sierra gameking SPBT with 44 grains of H4831. You will need to work up to that load from 38 grains on the low end.
     
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    Great deal but replace that scope ASAP.
    I've had best results with the 100 gr soft points hornady or Sierra.
     
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    Bought both of my boys a .243 for their first deer rifle, both killed their first mule deer with one shot. Dropped em. I just bought another one yesterday sight unseen from a guy that said that he didn't like it, too short. When I went to pick it up, it was a rem 700 youth model.....too short for me also. But I got a couple of grandkids that will love it....or with a fat barrel and an HS precision stock it will be a great windy day squirrel rig!
     
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    I can tell you from experience that the older model Rem 700s were excellent rifles but I have no experience with the newer guns. I have a 1970s 700 in 243 and a 1968 in 30-06 and both are fine rifles. I shoot factory ammo and have had good results with everything I have put through the 243. My son killed two does this year with the .243 using factory ammo but I am not looking at the box to tell you what brand. One dropped in her tracks and the other was a hell of a tracking job because the shot placement was well back.
     
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    150 bucks! You can't even get a Remmy barrel for that much! Wish I had friends who gave me 80% deals on nice rifles :D

    You made a fine caliber choice, especially since it'll be for your kid. I just picked up a 270, but it was a tough decision between it and the 243. I'm sure I'll be adding a 243 sooner than later. Happy Hunting!
     
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    Nosler makes a 95 grain partition for that rifle that I just LOVE. Have shot things from javelina to caribou with that bullet, just an awesome option. Great price, congrats on the deal!
     
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    Thanks for sharing your hunting loads with me guys. I've got several options to start with now. As far as the scope, I will be changing out very soon. I can't spend too much. Ill probably put a lower end vortex on it.
     
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    Depending on the hunting don't discount the Tasco too much. A friend has been hunting with his for 3 years and it's always dead on.
     
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    If you're in the market for a new reloading manual, the Lyman 49th has a good article on premium bullets in smaller calibers. Guy used a .270 for a one shot kill on a 2,000# elk from 380 yards. Dropped it, no Davy Crockett following a trail.
     
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    Yeah Partitions are always a safe bet, pricey but they behave very well no matter if you are hitting at 2000fps or 3200fps. If I had an unlimited budget I would use alot more Partitions, but at almost a dollar a pop and the volume of shooting I do they are a bit out of my range, I get Deep Curls, SGKs, Speer BTSP, Hot Cores, and SSTs for about $0.23-$0.28 a piece. Never had a deer live long enough to complain about not being hit with a "premium" bullet.
     
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    That Tasco scope may be better than you think. Try it before chucking it out. I used one for over 20 years before someone talked me out of it and it never missed a beat.
     
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    Kachok, you are right about the cost of partitions. I sure don't shoot them for prairie dogs or chucks, but if it is something I am going to put a tag on it's worth a few bucks for the peace of mind...to me, anyway. For most of my day to day shooting, I have a soft spot for plain old Hornaday BTSP's. When they shoot to my liking, they are most often my play bullets.
     
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    I've got asn old Tasco 3-9 on my .243. It shoots 1.25" grops with Fed ammunition. Still working up my 1st handloads for it. The Tasco was on my 30-06 before that, and it helped my fill a few freezers full of meat. The last deer I killed with it was with a round in one ear and out the other.
    Nothing wrong with that.
     
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    Man, for whitetails, let me just tell you. The 85 grain Sierra Gameking BTHP bullets are the cat's meow. I believe it was Art Eatman on here that recommended the bullet to me when I was just starting to load it for the wife. I found the rifle's sweet spot with 36 grains of H380. MOA all day long. She shot a nubbin buck with it this year. 157 steps, DRT. Hole was just as big as my '06 makes.
     
  24. fallout mike

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    Is that the ones you sending me to try out?
     
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    Out of the six my daughter and I have killed with a .243, four dropped in their tracks. One ran 50 yards before dropping (heart shot), and one drug itself about 50 yards with both shoulders shattered. Great round. Have used 100gr Winchesters, Core-Lokts, and handloaded 100gr interlocks. This year trying 80gr Barnes TSX pushed by Ramshot Hunter. I'm sure they'll kill them as well...
     
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