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Thread: Bullets for .243 in 80 – 90 Grain?

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    Bullets for .243 in 80 – 90 Grain?

    Hi.
    I am looking for some help / reassurance on the lighter bullets for Deer for 243. I’m have been getting 5 shot groups using my hand loaded 80gr Bergers that are ½” at 100 (I will ignore the cold bore shot as that opens it up to almost a full 1”).
    So I think that my 1 in 10” SSG-69 would like a similar weight bullet for deer. The ones I’m considering are:-


    Barnes TTSX 80gr
    Hornady GMX 80gr
    Nostler Ballistic Tip 90gr
    Nostler E-Tip 90gr
    Sierra GameKing 85gr HPBT

    Does anyone have any experience of the terminal performance on Deer for these rounds in 243 Win? My intended prey will be Roe or Muntjac with a possibility of Fallow at some point and will be taken at 50 - 150 mtrs.
    Accuracy is down to me and I know shot placement is key but if I put it where it’s needed how do these rounds perform, are there any to avoid for short to medium distance? Or should look to load 100 grains and stay away from sub 100's?


    Thanks from a green horn

    Guy

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    Bullets for Deer

    I have used 85grn Game Kings for Roe and found them to be very satisfactory.

    Cheers
    Eddie

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    Guy

    I too used to use the sierra 85 gamekings and found them very good for roe indeed, A very experienced friend and mentor uses federal premium factory loads with the 85 gameking bullet for all his shooting and has great success on everything he shoots regardless of range!
    You will find that the optimum bullet weight with regards to overall performance in the 243 is the 70-85grain area, as originally the 243 was designed as a 'wildcat' round.....to shoot varmints in slightly windier conditions than the lighter 22 centrefires.

    good luck

    steve

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    The Hornady 87gr HPBT is both exceptionally accurate and a devastating terminal performer in this calibre. It will also work out significantly cheaper than the premium bullets you have listed. I have used it on Muntjac, Roe, Fallow and Red with excellent results.

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    I can second that Zaitzev!!........i'd forgotten about those hornadys!!!, i liked the v-max version too!...brilliant on the roe and the foxes!

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    Out of the list that you've shown, I would go with the Sierra GK's. It has been my experience that most rifles in .243 win shoot better with 85 grn bullets than 100 grn, some are very accurate with 70 - 75 grn but make sure that you are using a bullet designed for deer rather than varmints unless you have a specialist use in mind such as head shooting park deer.

    Be careful with ignoring your first 'cold bore' shot, surely this is the one that matters most not the four that followed it?

    In most rifles that I have experimented with, the seating depth of the bullet is the variable factor most likely to effect group size in my experience.

    JC

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    Hornady 87gr sp with 36.6gr N140 will kill roe all day. I would certainly second JC275's thought regarding your first "cold bore" shot. That's the one that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaitsev View Post
    The Hornady 87gr HPBT is both exceptionally accurate and a devastating terminal performer in this calibre. It will also work out significantly cheaper than the premium bullets you have listed. I have used it on Muntjac, Roe, Fallow and Red with excellent results.
    If you shoot Red's in Scotland, 100gr minimum bullet weight by law.

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    85 gr gameking same hole at 100 yds still playing with loads though

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    On Monday eve actually got to shoot my new 243 Howa. Using Remington 75gr acutips first two bullets were touching at 110 yds. I am v impressed.

    D

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