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Old 06-03-2008, 05:12 PM
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Whatgrain bullet in the 243 do you think is best for deer? Thanks
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:41 PM
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100 grains would be my choice,
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:19 PM
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It's not necessarily the weight of the bullet that is important, it is also it's construction and the velocity it has when it hits the animal...

Do a search, this has been discussed a "few" times on here...

With factory loadings, I've killed them with 85-100gr bullets, funny thing, the 85gr bullet actually penetrates more than some 100gr bullets...
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:28 PM
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I've had excellent results with the sierra 85 gr bthp gameking over the years of people shooting it in a remington model 788 in 6mm.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:58 PM
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I have had good luck with the Sierra 85gr. HPBT on deer. I recently handloaded the Hornady 95gr. SST and want to give them a try this season. From what I hear, they should perform well.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:55 PM
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I played with a TON of 243 bullets over the years, and I settled on the 95gr Combined Technology BT. I've only had one deer out of probably a good 50+ that has taken a step with that lil pill.

2feathers - I did some experimenting with the 95gr SST and wasn't impressed with it at all. Never had an exit, and it retained no weight what-so-ever. It acted alot like a varmint BT. Out of the half dozen deer or so me and my buddies took with that load, all requireda follow up shot or 2 to put 'em down.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:16 AM
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I've had excellent results with the sierra 85 gr bthp gameking over the years of people shooting it in a remington model 788 in 6mm.

X2 Also had good results using the Hornady 100 grain SPBT
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:23 AM
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I prefer the 95 or 100-grain Nosler partition in .243/6mm caliber for deer, especially for BIG ones! However, I have observed that the 85-grain Sierra HPBT often does a surprisingly good job killing deer, despite being labelled as a varmint bullet!
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:03 PM
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Thanks everyone. My reason for asking is that I've been considering changing over to a 243 from my 270 and 280 due to recoil. Or either get one of the new recoil reducing pads put on the guns.I'm a bit older now, 65, and a little bit of shoulder trouble, so I don't take the punch as well as I used to. Thanks again.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:19 PM
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95gr. xp3. has a higher BC thenthe 100gr.thus has better numbers downrange.
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