I like my 243 Heym SR20. Its very accurate with RWS 100gn bullets, and mounted with a Swaro Habicht 4-12x50 is great for longer shots at last light. But that RWS bullet is a very soft bullet, and over the last couple of years they played with the loading and bullet seating depth so it no longer shoots as well.
The RWS Soft point is now a very soft bullet. I shot a good sized buck on Friday evening, slightly quartering away from me. There was no exit hole. Point of impact was tight on the back of the shoulder blade and I found the bullet just under the skin just forward of the shoulder joint on the far side shoulder. Skinned carcass looked minimal damage, but when I took the shoulders off it looked like a grenade had gone off with massive damage to the shoulder blades, rib cage and surrounding meat. I shot a small buck a week ago, this time a perfect broadside shot at 150 with point of impact just behind the shoulder. The bullet did exit just behind the the other shoulder, but half the guts had been sucked out with it.
Both were very dead on their feet, some would argue that this is just about perfect as all the energy is captured in the animal, and not a lot to worry about in terms of retained energy.
But I want a bullet that I know penetrates well and doesn't blow up at the slightest hint of bone. Only just penetrating a 16kg Roe Buck is not enough for my liking. And all that was left was the copper jacket.
I often use my 7x65r with a 139gn Hornady Interlock - this expands and punches a neat hole all the through, but doesn't explode like the RWS 243 ammo. I have tried Hornady Interlock 100gn 243 bullets is a home load, but it doesn't like them.
I have tried Norma 100gn, and have certainly been impressed with its on deer performance in other rifles, but it's OK for accuracy in mine - nothing special.
I know others rave about the Hornady SST 95gn Superformance and will give them a go, but I would really like to use 100gn so that am legal for all deer. Yes I have the 7mm for big deer, but on some of my ground I do have both.
Thoughts ladies and gentlemen please.