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#12097111 - 06/18/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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My .243 rifle produces best accuracy with Black Hills Ammo featuring the Hornady 95 grain SST bullet. All bullet holes touching each other at 100 yards. A cheaper alternative is FEDERAL Fusion ammo with slightly less accuracy.

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#12099863 - 06/19/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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I've shot a bunch of Kansas whitetails with Hornady 95 grain SSTs from 20 out to 200 yards. All of 'em dead right there.


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#12107389 - 06/23/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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40-42 grains of H4350 behind a 95 NBT

Being 1-9" you're likely safe using 105 BTHP with 40-42 grains of RL17.

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#12107401 - 06/23/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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#12107478 - 06/23/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: woodson]  
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Originally Posted by woodson
40-42 grains of H4350 behind a 95 NBT


This is right on it with the IMR version too.

#12107698 - 06/23/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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My son and I have loaded 100gr Corelokts over 41gr of H4350 for years. Good accuracy and great performance.


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#12110274 - 06/25/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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With small calibers, I like to stay toward the heavy end of the bullets. I would stay with the 100 grain bullets. My go-to with my 6mm Rem was always the Hornady Interlock. I killed around 150 deer with that rifle before it shot out and became a .260. You can never go wrong with a Partition, either. I would stay away from the frangible bullets, personally, and WILL NOT shoot SST bullets ever again. You always want to make sure that you have plenty of penetration with a smaller caliber.


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#12114614 - 06/27/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: chlinstructor]  
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Originally Posted by chlinstructor
Hard to beat the 100 grain Remington Coreloct Factory loading for accuracy and DRT results on whitetails. As a kid, I probably killed several truck loads of deer & hogs using that ammo here at the Ranch.


back many years ago, when my lad turned 12, I gave him a Ruger 77 in .243 for his birthday. He is pushing 50 now, and that Ruger is still his main hunting rifle. As you say, 'truck loads' of deer and hogs, using nothing but the 100 grain Remington Core-Lokt factory ammo.


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#12115666 - 06/28/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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95 gr. NBTs....


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#12118671 - 06/29/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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Was never a .243 fan until my daughter started hunting and I set her up with one shooting Barnes 85gr TSX's with IMR 4831. That rifle and load has taken a lot of deer and I have never had reason to experiment with anything else. I would like to try partitions but have no reason to stray from what works.

#12134203 - 07/08/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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I just use 100 gr Corelokts Remington factory loads. Not super fast but accurate and deadly on dear.


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#12134233 - 07/08/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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Ted,

I took a few deer in Kansas last year using the 95BT - my first go with that bullet in the .243.
So, with that little bit of experience, I might suggest staying off the shoulder(s). blush grin

#12134300 - 07/08/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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Hard to go wrong with a lot of the suggestions given, especially for whitetatils.

If you are hand loading, yet another one to look into is the 100 grain speer BTSP. I've killed antelope to elk with it, without issue.

I know very little about factory loads, but doubt you could get a bad choice from mainstream loadings.


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#12134491 - 07/08/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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Scott, a bowl or two of strawberry jello mixed with that ground shoulder meet enhances the flavor... smile

#12134543 - 07/08/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: 65X54]  
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Originally Posted by 65X54
Scott, a bowl or two of strawberry jello mixed with that ground shoulder meet enhances the flavor... smile



LOL. It was ground alright.
Old habits are hard to break sometimes - will see if the 90gr Accubond can stay together a wee bit more this year.

#12140470 - 07/11/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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When I hunted with a 243 I hunted with Federal,Remington, and Win 100 gn factory loads. I had the best results with Winchester and worst with Remington.

#12140552 - 07/11/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: SKane]  
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Originally Posted by SKane
Ted,

I took a few deer in Kansas last year using the 95BT - my first go with that bullet in the .243.
So, with that little bit of experience, I might suggest staying off the shoulder(s). blush grin


Was looking to buy brass when Shooters Pro Shop sent an email stating they had .243 WIN 90 gr Etips (Blem) on sale for 16.95 a box!

Ordered 5 boxes to use for this year and will start reloading using the Nosler brass.


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#12140708 - 07/11/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: old_willys]  
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Originally Posted by old_willys
Originally Posted by SKane
Ted,

I took a few deer in Kansas last year using the 95BT - my first go with that bullet in the .243.
So, with that little bit of experience, I might suggest staying off the shoulder(s). blush grin


Was looking to buy brass when Shooters Pro Shop sent an email stating they had .243 WIN 90 gr Etips (Blem) on sale for 16.95 a box!

Ordered 5 boxes to use for this year and will start reloading using the Nosler brass.



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#12141792 - 07/12/17 Re: Best .243 WIN load for Whitetail [Re: K22]  
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Originally Posted by K22
95 gr, Partition with a lot of RL 26, Rem. 9 1/2 primers, and Nosler brass. 48 grains of RL 26 in a 22" barrel will get you in the 3140ish fps area.


This x2 is what I'm loading. I stocked up on 95 grain partitions way back when the 100 grainer was a sort of semi spitzer. I have not found a 100 gr. bullet that was not a go for the 243 but this is one time that I recommend a premium bullet for deer hunting. The sub 6mm calibers will do fine most of the time except when they don't so in smaller calibers the added assurance of a premium bullet is nice to have.


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