Reloading Share techniques for reloading, where to get the hottest in reloading equipment and learn how to reload from fellow hunters.

243 bear load

Old 12-23-2012, 09:20 AM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 52
Default 243 bear load

Now that I captured your attention...


I’ve been loading the daughters gun with Hornady 100gr BTSP Interlock’s for deer and they have been performing well. I used the 85 gr. Barnes and they didn’t seem to knock them down as well and create a nice would channel.

She wants to hunt bear next year and I really don’t want to get into that debate whether a 243 is enough. She likes her gun and is a great shot, with a lot of patients. We have enough bear around the 250-300 pound class that she can nail within 100 yards. Her gun is the Ruger compact with a 16.5 inch barrel and a 1:9’’ twist. I’ve been able to achieve around 2900 fps with the Hornady 100gr BTSP Interlock’s so it produces enough velocity.

The question I have, is there premium bullet I can load for this gun that will produce better results for penetration and wound size for bear. I was looking at the following:
1. Speer Grand Slam 100gr
2. Hornady Interbond 85gr
3. Nosler Accubond 90 gr
4. Swift Scirocco II 90gr
5.Your suggestion________
If you have any loads for the above, please share Thanks

Should this thread be on the big game forum?

Her latest achievement attached.

Last edited by Sweetroels; 12-23-2012 at 11:03 AM.
Sweetroels is offline  
Old 12-23-2012, 09:39 AM
  #2  
Giant Nontypical
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Allegan, MI
Posts: 8,019
Default

You're loading exactly what I reload for my .243 Sako and I wouldn't hesitate to use them for bears that size if she can't move up to a bigger caliber. She might get a litle bit more penetration with their Interbond, but I believe in heavy for caliber bullets and would stay with the 100 she's using.
Topgun 3006 is offline  
Old 12-23-2012, 11:34 AM
  #3  
Typical Buck
 
sdhunter11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: northernwestern south dakota
Posts: 722
Default

A buddy of mine killed a 380 lb bear with 100 gr interlock factory loads at 20 yards. Bear only made it about 75 yards before expiring. I would stick with the load you have and save your money for a nice bear rug lol.
sdhunter11 is offline  
Old 12-23-2012, 11:35 AM
  #4  
Fork Horn
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Allenton Wis.
Posts: 186
Default

Your bullet is 1860 ft lbs. My son, 15 got a bear with his .270 Win this year, Load was 150 gr Hornady and 53 gr of imr 4350. I think it gives 2600 ft. lbs. The bullet went right through it @ 20 yds and went 20 ft. Bear was 206 gutted. I think a bullet that doesn't expand much will go through it too. Through the front shoulder, blew the heart apart and bullet went out the bottom. I knew several that shot bear with .243 Win. One old man swore by them. He shot a 300 lb. with a 87 Hornady, more of a varmint load. Another guy used .243 Win in British Cloumbia. At 200 yds he shot 2 in the 250 lb range, a moose and a dall sheep. There is no reason it won't work. P.S. I'm looking at the same gun she has for deer.
ihookem1 is offline  
Old 12-24-2012, 10:28 AM
  #5  
Typical Buck
 
emtrescue6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 647
Default

I would stick with the heavier bullets in the .243 (90g or higher)...most .243's I have been around (I have a handful and my daughter also has one) are more accurate and perform best with the 100g bullets. With that, I would suggest the 100g Nosler Partition ad probably the best option.
emtrescue6 is offline  
Old 12-24-2012, 05:30 PM
  #6  
Typical Buck
 
LaneNebraska's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 599
Default

Originally Posted by emtrescue6 View Post
I would stick with the heavier bullets in the .243 (90g or higher)...most .243's I have been around (I have a handful and my daughter also has one) are more accurate and perform best with the 100g bullets. With that, I would suggest the 100g Nosler Partition ad probably the best option.
Zactly
LaneNebraska is offline  
Old 12-24-2012, 06:04 PM
  #7  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location:
Posts: 3,510
Default

Go with the 100 gr. Nosler Partition, or 90 gr. Swift Scirocco II.

Last edited by handloader1; 12-24-2012 at 06:09 PM.
handloader1 is offline  
Old 12-24-2012, 07:19 PM
  #8  
Giant Nontypical
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 5,425
Default

I've killed 5 with my .243, three were killed with 100gr CoreLokts, one with a 100gr Nosler Partition and one with a 85gr Sierra GameKing BTHP...The latter 2 were from Federal Premium loadings...All worked just fine...
nchawkeye is offline  
Old 12-25-2012, 09:11 AM
  #9  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 882
Default

I have had good luck using the Barnes TSX 85 gr. my load IMR 4064 36.5 grains
The above bullet drop a huge whitetail out to 150 yards,she took three steps and went down
The bullet still retain 85 grain on the scale
lonewolf5348 is offline  
Old 12-25-2012, 09:51 AM
  #10  
Giant Nontypical
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Allegan, MI
Posts: 8,019
Default

I'm using 33 grains of IMR 4064 behind the 100 grain Hornady BTSP and SP with amazing accuracy and it took my 80" antelope in Wyoming this year with no problem and should do the same on a bear with good shot placement. Attached is 9 shots that can almost be covered by a dime.

Last edited by Topgun 3006; 06-09-2015 at 07:28 PM.
Topgun 3006 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.