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#1 Spirithawk

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

I know some of you, like Paul, have used a .243 for deer. What grain bullets do you use?

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 01:05 PM

In my rifle and Eric's rifle we found after trying most of the weights from 70 grain to 105 grain that the 100 grain worked best out of our rifles and any 243 bullet less than 85 grain were too thin jacketed for reliable use on deer size game. Those 100 grain bullets put quite a hole in the pump station.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:22 PM

Cool, 100gr Federal Power - Shok's are what we sighted it in with. Thanks Paul.

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 03:29 PM

I used 100gr Federal Premiums in 243 cal for deer.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 02:02 PM

I really like Federal amunition. I lost all faith in Remington's ammo. I just had too many problems with it. I occasionally will use Winchester too, but Federal is definitely my favorite.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:38 PM

I never had much faith in Remington ammo either. Since 1976 or so I have rolled my own. I recall most times I loaded with Hornady or Sierra bullets and they always worked well for me.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:44 PM

Of course we reload and in my sons 243 he uses Hornadays 100 grain interlocks and there accurate and have even have taken four elk with the interlocks.
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 07:49 AM

100 and 105.




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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:36 AM

Bigger grain and a copper bullet is best in my opinion, no shaving and retains weight to a T

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:28 PM

Thanks guys. I apreciate the advice. Jason and his son will be hunting with the new rifle. I know many have use a .243 on deer, but we never have, and I want to make sure we are using the best load possible.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:57 PM

Thanks guys. I apreciate the advice. Jason and his son will be hunting with the new rifle. I know many have use a .243 on deer, but we never have, and I want to make sure we are using the best load possible.



With a 243---It's all about the bullet. Don't take shortcuts to save a dollar or two on ammo for this small caliber and you'll be surprised what it'll do!...providing your placement is correct. My brother won't shoot any other caliber and I've watch him take deer after deer with his tikka.
Since he got on our lease in Sonora he has killed 4-5 axis bucks with his rifle. 2 weeks ago, Will called , needing a new cape for his axis he killed @ adventure outdoors the previous year....Frank went out and knocked down a 200 pound plus older mature axis at 275-300 yards-it never took a step! He used to use scirroccos, but since getting on this lease and shooting big tuff axis-he has gone to a barnes "x" bullet with great results. 243 is so underestimated by many.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 05:47 PM

Thanks, sounds like good advice. :)

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 10:28 PM

I always hand loaded mine, used nosler partition's 100 gr for deer
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