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    243 Loads Any Favourites?

    Tonight I will be setting up my reloading gear for the first time with the help of a friend and plan to make up some batches for testing.

    My friend is an experienced reloader but not of 243 so I am asking if anyone has a suggestion where to start with loads.

    I will be using my own fireformed Federal brass with a Hornady 75grain a-max bullet being driven by Remington primers and Hodgdon H414 powder. (These will be vermin rounds, my rifle likes Fed100g Powershok for larger quarry).

    Obviously we will be starting low but any tips would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Jerry

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    Ammo

    Had good ressults with 75 grain .243 using 44.5 grains of H414 and federal primers.

    Dave

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    ammoiwill

    i agree fully with dave but i use a 75 grain v max hornady in a standard 243 and a ackley improved . results devastastion .

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    41gr of H380 and 80 grain Sierra bullets

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    OK, made up 5 batches to test last night, starting with 42grain and working up to 46grain in 1grain intervals.

    The process seemed fine and they look fine so I can make a complete round now, how they shoot will be a different matter and I hope I can test them at the weekend.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandersj89
    I hope I can test them at the weekend.

    Jerry
    you'll have to let that prohunter of yours cool down between groups so that you can get an accurate assesement!

    have fun

    does anyone want a wager on how far off the first one out is because of the big flinch?

    Gary

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    [quote="bucksden"]
    Quote Originally Posted by sandersj89
    I hope I can test them at the weekend.

    Jerry
    Quote Originally Posted by bucksden
    [you'll have to let that prohunter of yours cool down between groups so that you can get an accurate assesement!
    Yep, and the cool weather we are having will help a little on that front. Take a shot and then relax for a few mins before the next one. I have made up 4 rounds of each ammo for now and will have the whole day to play so no need to rush.



    Quote Originally Posted by bucksden
    [does anyone want a wager on how far off the first one out is because of the big flinch?
    It will be lightest load first and eyes closed as I squeeze.......

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    Hornady Soft pint 87 gr, with 38 gr VVN140. Winchester brass.

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    Make sure you check every case post firing for pressure signs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jingzy
    Make sure you check every case post firing for pressure signs.
    Funny enough that was going to be my next question........What exactly am I looking for?

    I assume I am looking for the condition of the brass of the case, specific burn marks on the outside and condition of the primer face etc.

    Jerry

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