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Old March 17, 2000, 11:02 AM   #1
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Looking to reload the .243, for varmit and deer hunting. I know that i can get bullets from 55gr to 100gr. What do you recomend?

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Old March 17, 2000, 11:52 AM   #2
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I use the 100 gr. for deer. They do the job nice.

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Old March 17, 2000, 04:51 PM   #3
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I've used the 60-gr. Hornady for varmints; 3/8", 5-shot groups are common. I use 40 grains of 3031, but you should start at 38.0 and work up.

I've killed about 20 or so deer with the 85-gr. Sierra HPBT; none over 150 yards. The twist in my barrel doesn't seem to stabilize the 100-grain Noslers, so I stay with the 85s. 37.5 grains of 3031, but start at 35.5 and work up.

Or go to the Sierra or Hornady loading manuals...And others, of course...


Any old brass seems to work equally well. I'm currently using Winchester primers, but only because of availability. The gun doesn't seem to care.

Hope this helps, Art
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Old March 19, 2000, 10:37 PM   #4
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I love Noslers 95 gr Ballistic tip for deer.
VERY accurate. Loaded at the high end it will drop a deer very fast.
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Old March 20, 2000, 12:07 PM   #5
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ART,

I,too have a problem stabilizing 100 grain
bullets in my .243.

As a result,I use it only for varmits.
I'm interested in your experiences deer
hunting with 85 grain bullets.

Maybe I've been underestimating the
effectiveness of that cartridge combi-
nation.
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Old March 20, 2000, 01:57 PM   #6
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I had a loading of Norma brass, RWS primers (find those somewhere), IMR 4895 & the Hornady 87gr Spirepoint. Used it for everything whitetails on down. Extremely accurate & have popped a few deer up 350yds or so. They all died within 10'. Exellent load for varmits as well - flat shooting enough. Dime-sized 100yd groups all day long.

For mulies, I think I'd go for the 100gr Nosler partitions due to that deer's likely greater size re a big buck, assuming your rifling stabilizes the larger bullet properly. In fact a Barnes XBT would be my first choice but you've got an even longer bullet to deal with.

.243/6MM very under rated.

Only rifle/load I used for 15 years - till I got out to elk country.
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