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Old 06-26-2009, 09:39 AM
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What 243 bullet do you guys suggest for whitetail deer? I picked up a box of Hornady BTSP interlock in 100 grain. I was thinking about a ballistic tip for the damage but I talked myself out of it.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:55 AM
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from my experience, dont use ballistic tips, it destroyes too much meat and doesnt do well when it hits bone, you have the best thing
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:28 AM
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I agree with staying away from the ballistic tip. The Hornady you picked out is a good choice and the other one that I would use would be the Nosler Partition 100gr. Nosler gives real good penetration and does a great job of nocking them down.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:47 AM
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I posted a similar question before, trying out some new loads myself, picked up a new .243, haven't used on game yet, antelope come this fall!

guys love that 85gr bthp

I'm gonna see how the 90gr scirocco shoots, that's a lil tougher than those ballistic tips and has a high BC for .243 bullets, good combo in my mind, if it shoots well I think that's gonna be my goto load.

those 100gr btsp also have a high bc...those were tougher in my test on phone books than either ballistic tips, but not by very much.

There's also those 85gr TSX by barnes...
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:22 AM
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IMHO you picked the best you can get over the counter in a Hornady 100 grain BTSP.
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:51 PM
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The 100gr Hornady BTSP is a great deer bullet, believe it or not the 100gr Winchester Super X works very well too. The 95gr Hornady SST works very well also. I have a friend that shoots a 75gr hollow point handload that is pure death on whitetail and mule deer. Put the bullet where it is supposed to go, and any of the above will do the job just fine.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:32 PM
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I like Win super x 100 gr power point.I'v killed a buttonhead- a 300+pounder 13 point-a bobcat-and a crow with it.Everything dropped where it stood.(Remington 700 with a Leupold 3x9x40).
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:38 PM
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They'll do fine, they are a harder bullet and give reliable exits on lung shot deer...I've killed 12 or so and 2 buddies have killed another 50 or so with them...My gun shoots CoreLokts better so I use them and the Federal Premium 85gr HPBT...

See how your gun likes them, then shoot a dozen deer or so and see what you think...The beauty of a .243 is there are plenty to choose from...
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:39 PM
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I've had good luck with 100 grain Sierra Game King BTSP's. They are inexpensive, perform well on game, and very accurate.
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:14 PM
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dont use ballistic tips with a .243. i have one and hunt with it all the time for deer and i trust my life with Remington Core-Lokts 100 grain. personally i think they are the greatest bullet out there to use. you should consider looking at them and giving them a try
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