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Old June 11, 2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Load for .243, model 1900 Husqvarna

I recently purchased a Smith and Wesson .243 built by Husqvarna. It has a 1/14 twist. I'm strictly using hornady 87 grain and 100 btsp. From what I read in the Hornady loading book, the Varget was one of the most accurate, but there is nothing listed for the heavier bullets. Anyone out ther have a good formula for 87 grain and 100 grain bullets using Varget?
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Old June 12, 2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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I don't know about Varget, but the 1 in 14 rifling caught my eye. From what I've read, if you want to go heavier in the 243 (95 grains on up) then your going to want a faster rotational rate. 1 in 9 is good for heavier bullets, and 1 in 10 seems to be about standard - and shoots the "medium" (around 85 grains) the best. With a 1 in 14 rate, you might want to try a lighter bullet rather than a heavier one if you accuracy starts to decline.

I'm sorry I can't help on the Varget load, as I have never used that powder. Good luck!
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Old June 13, 2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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Two suggestions.

Hornady 87 gr Vmax over 37.5 grains Varget.
Hornady 95 gr SST over 35 grains Varget

My Remington780 loves both of those loads. I'm .035 off the lands.
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Old June 13, 2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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Long story short, you have almost no chance of stabilizing the 100gr Hornady in a 1:14 barrel and only a slightly better chance with the 87gr.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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To Brain

The 87 grain wasn't too bad. The 100 grain was at best, 3 inches at 100 yds. I followed the advice ot Yoter, went to 65 gr bullet with 39.1 or Varget and at 200 yds, group was 1 and 1/2 inch with 5 shots.
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Old June 22, 2012, 07:31 AM   #6
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Our Mark X, was made in Zastava, it has a 1- 9.8 inch twist. I find that the 100 grn Sierra GMK's are accurate, and I use Winchester Supreme 780 powder, shoots just under an inch at 100 yds. The rifle has no bedding really, no pillars, or such, it is free floated.
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