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Thread: Input on bullets for .243 and .308 - Roe, Red, etc.

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    Input on bullets for .243 and .308 - Roe, Red, etc.

    I've been thinking of potential ammo candidates for my .243Win, and next years addition, a .308Win (unless someone miraculously convinces me otherwise).

    I've shortlisted the below, and thought the esteemed members of the reloading community might be able to offer their input and experience, particularly relating to:

    a. Accuracy
    b. Expansion and weight retention
    c. Any Positives/Negatives (ex. good for longer shots, bad for angle shots, low expansion at short range and lower velocities, over expansion at high velocities, etc. etc.)

    I am currently using .243 for both Roe and Red (100g, but next year will be looking at 85g as will be only for Roe), but am adding a .308 next year specifically for Reds (130g to 150g I expect), so any comments about which caliber is better suited to each bullet and purpose is also appreciated.

    Look forward to your input!,,,if any...

    1. Hornady
    a. Interbond
    b. SST
    2. Speer Hot Cor
    3. Swift Scirrocco II
    4. Barnes
    a.Triple Shock
    5. Nosler
    a. Accubond
    b. Partition
    6. Scierra
    a. Gameking SP
    b. Gameking HP

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    I've been thinking of potential ammo candidates for my .243Win, and next years addition, a .308Win (unless someone miraculously convinces me otherwise).

    I've shortlisted the below, and thought the esteemed members of the reloading community might be able to offer their input and experience, particularly relating to:

    a. Accuracy
    b. Expansion and weight retention
    c. Any Positives/Negatives (ex. good for longer shots, bad for angle shots, low expansion at short range and lower velocities, over expansion at high velocities, etc. etc.)

    I am currently using .243 for both Roe and Red (100g, but next year will be looking at 85g as will be only for Roe), but am adding a .308 next year specifically for Reds (130g to 150g I expect), so any comments about which caliber is better suited to each bullet and purpose is also appreciated.

    Look forward to your input!,,,if any...

    1. Hornady
    a. Interbond
    b. SST
    2. Speer Hot Cor
    3. Swift Scirrocco II
    4. Barnes
    a.Triple Shock
    5. Nosler
    a. Accubond
    b. Partition
    6. Scierra
    a. Gameking SP
    b. Gameking HP
    go with Interbonds,superb bullet

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    You put ANY one of the above bullets in the right place and its curtains for your quarry.
    There is a place on this planet for all of God's creatures, right next to my tatties and gravy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gliballs View Post
    You put ANY one of the above bullets in the right place and its curtains for your quarry.
    PKL - Picking up on Dan's comment, I agree. I suggest that you pick one rifle and one bullet for all the deer that you pursue. Learn how that combination works and use it every time you go stalking.

    Rgds JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    PKL - Picking up on Dan's comment, I agree. I suggest that you pick one rifle and one bullet for all the deer that you pursue. Learn how that combination works and use it every time you go stalking.

    Rgds JCS
    You left out Hornady Interlocks. Fantastic bullets for deer, (specially the flat base ones) good value, near "target-shooter" accuracy and readily available.

    Y'd think I work for Hornady, but I don't. I've tried many other bullets (in cals from .224" to .308") and nearly all of them are just fine, but I always come back to Interlocks.

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    Here's some good input too:

    http://www.rifleshootermag.com/ammun...ails_093009WO/

    We all get suckered into those fancy B.C. boat-tails... it's a good trick for the manufacturers, for a few cents a box (extra manufacturig cost) they charge us heaps more, for something that is of little or no material benefit. When did you last kill a deer with a bullet that was flying sub-sonic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    You left out Hornady Interlocks. Fantastic bullets for deer, (specially the flat base ones) good value, near "target-shooter" accuracy and readily available.

    Y'd think I work for Hornady, but I don't. I've tried many other bullets (in cals from .224" to .308") and nearly all of them are just fine, but I always come back to Interlocks.
    i use them in my 243 and 308 and they are outstanding

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    Sierra Gameking in 100gn SPBT and 85gn HPBT are both excellent choices in .243 the 85 seem to have the edge on accuracy though and dont get deformed noses when chambering which is a plus,in 30cal nosler BT have worked well for me although i use the 165gn in 30.06 not tried the 150s as yet,the 125gn seem quite popular with some for the .308.
    Neil.

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    i've used 100grain speer SPBT and they work really well open and in my .308 use 150grain Sierra Gamekings very effective. But got to fidn out which bullet suits your rifle.

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    My very picky BSA likes the speer hot-cor 90 grain SPs - nice controlled expansion, accuracy is fine too. I don't push them very fast but so they might be explosive at very high speeds, I don't know. Fallow, roe and munties all die though.

    James

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