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    .243 bullet weight

    I have a T3 I never really use any more and want to bring back into service. I will use it exclusively on roe. I used to use 100gn Winchester which grouped fine, but I'm wondering about dropping to say 80gn.
    Any thoughts/ experience on roe with lighter rounds?
    I've shot everything with 140gn 7x57 in recent years- but the tikka wants a go too.

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    Don't worry about the lighter round, best roe stopper I've used was 55gr soft points from a .223. Think the only issue will be bullet type/frangibility/speed combo and potential for meat damage.

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    I use 85gr interbonds on every deer species in the uk you'll be fine as long as you put it in the right place

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    Hi there ive tried different bullet weights in my,243 Sako 75 the best grouping were and knockdown for roe and fallow and charlie were federal 95 grain if its any help

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    Factory or home loads? Home loads then the Sierra Game King 85 grain HPBT is pretty hard to beat. Factory I found the Hornady SST in 95 and 75 grain were very accurate.

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    Try Hornady .243 87 grain Soft Point, or Sierra .243 85 grain Soft Point - both with flat bases.

    Powder : 45.0 grains of Vihtavuori N160 or 38.0 grains of Vihtavuori N540 on either bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by new forest View Post
    I use 85gr interbonds on every deer species in the uk you'll be fine as long as you put it in the right place
    Like thro the brisket?
    mind you.....I can't get those 140 SST to shoot straight on reds either!!!
    But on a serious note..... 85 grain Gamekings are spot on and a lot of the lads on here use them

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    Factory or home loads? Home loads then the Sierra Game King 85 grain HPBT is pretty hard to beat. Factory I found the Hornady SST in 95 and 75 grain were very accurate.
    +1 on the 85 GK although i also had very good results with my T3 using btsp Sierra,s 100grn

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    I found that my .243 didn't really like anything in the 80 - 95gn bracket.
    60gn has been really good, as has 100gn.

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    +1 for the 85 grn Sierra Gameking. Very accurate in my rifle and really drops deer. Love it.
    Tusker

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