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Light bullets for Savage .243?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by DonaldC, Dec 16, 2005.

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  1. DonaldC

    DonaldC Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    I want to try some loading some lighter bullets in my Savage. I have had good success with 85hpbt and 100 sp. Anyone have loads for the lighter bullet offerings in this chambering? Powders? Weights? Speeds? Thanks. DonaldC
  2. pdog2225

    pdog2225 Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    .243 light wt bullets

    In my savage 12 FV, 26" BBl, with accu-trigger
    I shoot the 70gr Nosler Bal-tip
    46.2 grains of H4350
    CCI 200 primer
    W-W cases (neck sized)
    In my rifle this produces 3425fps and .5" groups. It's really bad on prairie dogs.
    Remember to start lower and work up. pdog2225
  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    19" barrel on my Sako carbine, so I don't get the max velocities, but the 70-grain Hornady gives excellent accuracy. I've used the old 3031, starting at some 38.0 grains and working up a bit. (Back when it was still DuPont IMR, I used 40.0 as a max.)

    I've not loaded any of the 55-grainers, yet...

  4. WHITEY338

    WHITEY338 Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    Western Oregon
    I used to have a 243 and ran the gamut of bullet weights playing with accuracy. The 55 grainers always produced dismal accuracy no matter which powder I tried, seating depth, etc. I would presume it had something to do with twist rate. I did not get acceptable accuracy until I exceeded 70 grains of bullet weight.
  5. danurve

    danurve Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Try a box of Sierra BlitzKings! I belive the .243 starts to shine with 70grain bullets. Here's an image of a recipie with the Blitzkings & H-380, neck sized. don't have a chrony to check speed. (yet)
  6. Wilburs Horse

    Wilburs Horse Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    I like Sierra BlitzKings in 70 gr. for my 6mm rem. I am going to load a few Hornady 65gr. V-max bullets soon and try those. The 65gr. bullets may shoot fine but I won't push my luck with anything lighter due to my "dual purpose rifle" 10" twist. If you wanted to try these in your .243 you could start with the same powder you've been using and reduce it a few grains. Seat the bullets out as far as you can and work them in deeper after your powder charge starts to look sweet. You should be able to nudge the 3400fps mark even with a 22 inch barrel. If you have a 12" or slower twist (few factory .243 Win. do) you might have good luck spitting 55 and 60 gr. pills.
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