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Old 01-26-2007, 01:57 PM
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what is a good bullet weight for the .243? my rifle is the remington 700 vls. I have treid 58 gr. vmax's, they group great, and leave a nasty entrance wound. The problem is that up to 250yds. they are ok, but at 300 and 350 they drop off rapidly, { 350 digs dirt} I was told that a heavier bullet would stabilize better, and that the .243 should be able to reach 400yds easy. I would like something heavy enough for deer, and to target shoot at 200 to 400 yds. any help would be greatful.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:19 PM
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Seems to me you'd be better off with a 95 or 100 gr. bullet for deer, and for better ballistic coefficient.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:59 PM
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I guess I gave the wrong impression, I don't load the vmax for deer, it was for coyotes and target shooting. I was just thinking that if I go with a heavier bullet I could use it on deer.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:56 PM
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Sierra Game King 100gr
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:46 PM
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If you are a accuracy nut the .243 is probly a 1 in 8 twist and it will do better with a 90 grain or less bullet I garantee it! I have wore out several .243 barrels over the years and a nosler partition will knock um dead!
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:57 PM
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Rebel hog has a good suggestion. I use a slightly different bullet, the hornady 100 grain BTSP and it does a number on deer. I took a whitetail doe with this very load 2 years ago. She didnt step off more than 15 feet. EJ
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:30 PM
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From what I've heard the 85 gr Sierra is a real performer. I haven't loaded for my 243 yet but I imagine I'll be staying with the 100 gr hornady's.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:07 AM
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Sierra Game King 100gr
I agree. I am continually amazed at how that bullet drops deer.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:13 PM
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Might give the 95gr. Ballistic Silvertip a try.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:15 PM
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Is a 243 a good round for head shots
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