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#3055020 - 05/24/09 03:56 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: GoForBroke]
FredWillis Offline
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I am late for the party, but here is a load that has worked for me on chucks. It absolutely blows them in half if shot in the body. It is a 75 grain Hornady HP at 3350 using 47 grains of 4350 powder. One grain above and one grain below, and it shoots an inch. With this load, I have shot many 200 yard groups less than 3/4" with a HB Sako 243. My favorite longer range chuck gun.

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#3094942 - 06/11/09 04:05 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: montanabadger]
kevinh1157 Offline
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 Originally Posted By: montanabadger
58 grain Vmax works for me.
+1
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#3102275 - 06/15/09 03:05 AM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: kevinh1157]
ruffcutt Offline
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Have used alot of different varmint bullets in the 243 over the years looking for that magic bullet. I liked the 58 grain VMAX over the 55 grain Ballastic Tip, shot a ton of 70 grain Ballistic Tips, a great varmint bullet. The most economical and accurate, for me, is the 70 grain Speer TNT, hard to find lately so I've replaced it with the 65 grain VMAX which I have only shot several hundred of but am coming to like very much. I think this will be my go to varmint load with Varget and Rem 9 1/2 primers.
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#3132986 - 06/30/09 01:26 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: GoForBroke]
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Just an update,.... shot some more chucks since the last post and 70gr BTs worked great. Almost turned one chuck inside out. I also noticed that rifle was walking groups around so the initial hit might have bounced into the chucks and not been direct hits. As I shot the rifle more the misses became more noticeable so I shot the rifle on paper to confirm the problem. Since this is the second time this has happened to me with a different Mauser but same brand stock I concluded that the stock cannot stand up to the amount of pressure I place upon it while shooting sitting/ prone slung. Since then I have gone to shooting the AR I built and made a fairly lucky shot with it at 391 yds this past weekend.




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#3136534 - 07/02/09 02:14 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: frogman43]
WranglerJohn Offline
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Registered: 09/30/08
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The most explosive 6mm varmint bullet is the 62 grain Barnes Varmint Grenade - period. They need a twist in the 1:10 range, because they are as long as 80-87 grain offerings. Most .243's should work. I haven't used them on yotes, but the advertisements say they enter with a tiny hole then explode inside without exiting.

Here is a photo of the destruction caused by the closest Varmint Grenade I have pictures for, the 50 grain .224 on a ground squirrel. The yellow arrow points to the remaining ear.



The rest of the squirrel vanished. If you really want explosive expansion the copper-tin powdered metal core of the Varmint Grenade will deliver.


Edited by WranglerJohn (07/02/09 02:15 PM)

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#3137375 - 07/02/09 10:07 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: frogman43]
WeimGuy Offline
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Registered: 06/29/09
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Loc: AZ
Try some Barnes Varmint Grenades, I have good accuracy .675 3 shot 100 yd. groups, I think you will like the explosiveness.
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#3137395 - 07/02/09 10:16 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: WeimGuy]
Spotshooter Offline
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I shoot 65 grain hornady V-max.
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#3151682 - 07/13/09 05:39 AM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: Spotshooter]
Larry_in_SD Offline
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Registered: 02/04/02
Posts: 213
Just today I shot two Wood Chucks with a Ruger .243 shooting Federal Premium V Shok 70gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo. Both wood chucks were perfectly broadside through the shoulders. The carnage was amazing and the 70gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips literally blew the chucks into 2 pieces each. There were innards all over surround the wood chucks. I am not sure how much more explosive a .243 bullet can get.

Larry

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#3170928 - 07/21/09 10:33 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: Larry_in_SD]
olgrouser Offline
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Registered: 10/10/05
Posts: 2691
Loc: Ontario
I'll second 75 grain Hornady HPs.

I'm running them through an old factory Remington 700 with a trigger tuned to 2 1/2" and a new classic ADL factory stock yet the action was manufactured way back in 1963. The rifle now wears a 6x18 VXII. Mind you it only has a 20" barrel but with 45 grains of WW 760 my best groups are around .125 and my exits holes on chucks are usually 2-3".

I really can't ask for more. wink
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#3184424 - 07/27/09 02:07 PM Re: Explosive varmint bullet for .243 Win [Re: montanabadger]
kevinh1157 Offline
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Registered: 10/21/03
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Loc: Occupied California
Originally Posted By: montanabadger
58 grain Vmax works for me.
Me too! I use the moly-coated 58 gr. V-Max factory load at 3760. Blows up little critters as well as a 22-250. Use the 30 gr. Berger in your .243 necked to .223 and you can push 5000 fps. (Look in AR reloading page for 22-243 Middlestead). That will blow up, gut, skin and cook your critters!
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