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Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) #14200789 10/13/19
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My son will be hunting with a 7mm-08 this season. Thanks to some sage advice by a man named Mule, here, I ordered him some 120 Ballistic Tips loaded by "Choice Ammo" to 2950.

For my .300 Win Mag, I chose the 180 TTSX from the same company, rated at 3020. I have never used a Barnes rifle bullet. Mine are scheduled to be here tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.

Now the seperate issue, my wife has decided she wants a rifle of her own, and to hunt with us. The rifle she picked out is the Savage 110 Apex Hunter in "Muddy Girl" camo. It comes in 243, 6.5 CM, 7mm-08, and .308. She has a stint in her heart, and takes blood thinners, so any recoil is out of the question. This is the reason I'm asking about the .243 Win. She will be mostly hitting paper, or rock hunting.

So naturally I always go to Nosler, so I'm thinking a 90gr Partition would be perfect. But I'm also 10 years behind on bullets and their technology. So would she be better off with the .243 for less recoil, or is the difference even noticable?

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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14200848 10/14/19
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95 grain Nosler BT work famously in .243.

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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14200904 10/14/19
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I can't really tell a lot of difference between my 243's and my 6.5 CM as far as recoil goes. If recoil is a concern, you can always load down to a milder load. My grandkids hunt with a 243, and I've always reloaded the ammo, and I usually use a milder load, and it kills deer just as good.

As far as bullets go, I like the 90 and 95 Nosler BT's, and also the Hornady 95 SST's. But, I load a lot of the Sierra 85 grain HPBT's, and they have always worked good on deer. The 12 year old granddaughter just took her first buck this past Saturday with a 243 and the 85 Sierra. There are a number of bullets that will work well in the 243, and for that matter in the 6.5CM.

Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14200917 10/14/19
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If health risks are that big of a concern, tell her to find something she likes in .223.

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I was shooting my daughter’s .243 700 youth the other day with 90gr/3,000fps loads. Surprisingly gentle with the Supercell pad.


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14201025 10/14/19
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Originally Posted by 7point62mag
My son will be hunting with a 7mm-08 this season. Thanks to some sage advice by a man named Mule, here, I ordered him some 120 Ballistic Tips loaded by "Choice Ammo" to 2950.

For my .300 Win Mag, I chose the 180 TTSX from the same company, rated at 3020. I have never used a Barnes rifle bullet. Mine are scheduled to be here tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.

Now the seperate issue, my wife has decided she wants a rifle of her own, and to hunt with us. The rifle she picked out is the Savage 110 Apex Hunter in "Muddy Girl" camo. It comes in 243, 6.5 CM, 7mm-08, and .308. She has a stint in her heart, and takes blood thinners, so any recoil is out of the question. This is the reason I'm asking about the .243 Win. She will be mostly hitting paper, or rock hunting.

So naturally I always go to Nosler, so I'm thinking a 90gr Partition would be perfect. But I'm also 10 years behind on bullets and their technology. So would she be better off with the .243 for less recoil, or is the difference even noticable?


If you're not loading but buying ammo you might consider this, along with picking shots carefully:

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/243-win-87-gr-sst-custom-lite


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14201444 10/14/19
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I know it's not what you asked about...but if recoil is truly a concern, get a .223 Rem


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: mathman] #14201447 10/14/19
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Originally Posted by mathman


If you're not loading but buying ammo you might consider this, along with picking shots carefully:

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/243-win-87-gr-sst-custom-lite


My neighbor's son uses that load and they say it has worked great so far.


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14201456 10/14/19
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I really like the 6.5 mm 130 Gr AccuBond.

In a 243, my wife has great luck with 95 gr Berger classic hunter

Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: Whttail_in_MT] #14201462 10/14/19
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Originally Posted by Whttail_in_MT
If health risks are that big of a concern, tell her to find something she likes in .223.


I have a 700 police that weighs 10 lbs. The recoil on that is nil. Something similar with a decent bullet may be just the ticket.

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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14201719 10/14/19
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Barnes 80 TTSX in a 243. Grandkids shoot these. They have little recoil, 7 year old has one this year, he shoots it fine.

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Originally Posted by hanco
Barnes 80 TTSX in a 243. Grandkids shoot these. They have little recoil, 7 year old has one this year, he shoots it fine.


I'll be shooting those myself. Got them sitting on top of a dose of RL17.


"In the real world, think of the 6.5 Creedmoor as the modernized/standardized/optimized version of the 6.5x55/.260." John Barsness 2019
Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14203316 10/15/19
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Way back in the late 70's, my father had Asbestosis cancer so he lost 40% of his right lung along with 3 ribs. He was right handed. After about a year, he was ready to hunt again ( East, Texas) and we had traded for a Ruger 77 in .243, 2x7 Redfield. It was a heavy rifle, but had that hard red recoil pad. I had to load down the Speer 105 round nose for him. It worked, but was no long range load, but no problem , heavy woods. Point being, a regular load with Speer 100BT or the 105 "hurt him". If you can find a .243 that has a very thick, soft recoil pad, and some of those Lite loads, you will be fine. IF you live in an area that allows .224" caliber rifles, a .223 is not a bad one, "maybe" a 22-250. Wives are hard to come by, and one that "wants to be with her boys" is a Treasure! So be gentle with her. smile Have a ball dude!

Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14203627 10/15/19
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I'd go with the 6.5 Creedmore. Buy or load ammo with 100 gr bullets and recoil is very light, and my wife will agree with that statement. Later, if you want, you can move to heavier bullets.

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If you reload ---- https://www.hodgdon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/h4895-reduced-rifle-loads.pdf

If not I'd go with a 22-250. My Ruger American has a fast 1:10 twist, standard is 1:14. I shoot 60 gr Hornady hp's and they are magic on whitetails.

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Originally Posted by hanco
Barnes 80 TTSX in a 243. Grandkids shoot these. They have little recoil, 7 year old has one this year, he shoots it fine.


My daughter started with 85gr TSX in her 243 when she was 10 or 11, she is still stacking deer up with them in her 243 as a 21 year old college student. Made me a believer in the 243 for deer.


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80 Barnes TTSX


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: mathman] #14206005 10/16/19
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Originally Posted by mathman
Originally Posted by 7point62mag
My son will be hunting with a 7mm-08 this season. Thanks to some sage advice by a man named Mule, here, I ordered him some 120 Ballistic Tips loaded by "Choice Ammo" to 2950.

For my .300 Win Mag, I chose the 180 TTSX from the same company, rated at 3020. I have never used a Barnes rifle bullet. Mine are scheduled to be here tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.

Now the seperate issue, my wife has decided she wants a rifle of her own, and to hunt with us. The rifle she picked out is the Savage 110 Apex Hunter in "Muddy Girl" camo. It comes in 243, 6.5 CM, 7mm-08, and .308. She has a stint in her heart, and takes blood thinners, so any recoil is out of the question. This is the reason I'm asking about the .243 Win. She will be mostly hitting paper, or rock hunting.

So naturally I always go to Nosler, so I'm thinking a 90gr Partition would be perfect. But I'm also 10 years behind on bullets and their technology. So would she be better off with the .243 for less recoil, or is the difference even noticable?


If you're not loading but buying ammo you might consider this, along with picking shots carefully:

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/243-win-87-gr-sst-custom-lite


Actually, that looks "quite" good, only about 300fps reduction over the Superformance offering.

2800fps aint no slouch, with a decent MPBR !


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: tzone] #14206066 10/16/19
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Originally Posted by tzone
I know it's not what you asked about...but if recoil is truly a concern, get a .223 Rem

This. Barnes or similar bullets and its good a long ways for almost any shot at any deer. Works way better than most even give it credit for.

That said my buddy has the stent etc... shoots a 300 win mag....

243, reduced, there are blue dot loads out there. IIRC we use a mild one at times. Its been a long time because we moved to 300/221 subsonic suppressed for a lot of deer and it never fails to impress me that a fairly quite round kills so quickly with little recoil. 194 Lehigh but I digress.

Used 243 with 80 ballistic tip varmint bullet BUT at around 1700 fps. Have done only rib shots with it but almost to 200 yards. works really well. Fairly quiet, and little recoil

One thing you have to watch with factory as the bullets get lighter the speeds often get faster and there can be something of a trade off. IE fast recoil hurts me more than slow. Not that 243 has a lot either way, but its not always as much reduction in recoil as one thinks it might be


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Re: Best Bullet Choice For Whitetail (.243 or 6.5 CM) [Re: 7point62mag] #14206606 10/16/19
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The 100 gr TTSX in a .260 has produced very consist terminal results for me on small bodied does up to large bucks weighing 230# on the scales, as well as hogs which are more challenging for bullet performance. The 6.5 100 TTSX produces noticeably better penetration and larger wound channels than the 80 gr TTSX from a .243.

For .243, the heaviest Partition the rifle will shoot well is the way to go, but the 6.5 TTSX is noticeably more effective having used both. Recoil is very pleasant, but teach her to lean forward from the waist into the rifle to help control recoil.

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