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    Varget and 243

    Hi all

    I've just bought some 100gr Hornady btsp for the 243 and my options seem a bit limited with Varget (which I use successfully for the 7mm). I'd quite like to avoid buying another tub of powder, anyone have any comments on this? My safe powder weight seems a very narrow band, I just wanted to see if anyone was using a 100gr 243/varget combo and with what results?

    Cheers
    Tom

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    i use this combination in my 20" barreled Tikka and it works very well
    33.7gns of varget and col 2.65"

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    OK Thanks, thats pretty much on the max load by my reckoning, and you're using 100gr boat tails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devonoak View Post
    OK Thanks, thats pretty much on the max load by my reckoning, and you're using 100gr boat tails?
    Yes mate BTSP, max load according to Hodgdons but no pressure signs at all

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    Hi Devonoak
    I use Varget powder in both my 243 and 7mm Mauser.
    The 243 is loaded with 34 grains of Varget with a 95 grain nosler ballistic tip
    Hope this is of use to you
    Regards
    T

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    Quote Originally Posted by devonoak View Post
    Hi all

    I've just bought some 100gr Hornady btsp for the 243 and my options seem a bit limited with Varget (which I use successfully for the 7mm). I'd quite like to avoid buying another tub of powder, anyone have any comments on this? My safe powder weight seems a very narrow band, I just wanted to see if anyone was using a 100gr 243/varget combo and with what results?

    Cheers
    Tom
    Varget is very similar to Viht N140 and both considered too fast fir the 243 100gr bullet with slower powders like Viht N160 recommended. I have successfully loaded with the faster powders but you need to run loads up carefully as pressure signs appeared quickly. The result was an accurate round but a little soft

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    I use a Remington 700 SPS .243 light barrel and use the following load that will put a one hole group at 100 yards like a clover.

    Lapua Case
    34.0 grains Varget
    100 grain Hornady HPBT (2453)
    CCI BR 2 primer
    COL to tip = 2.600
    2692 FPS

    hope it helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by accurate View Post
    Varget is very similar to Viht N140 and both considered too fast fir the 243 100gr bullet with slower powders like Viht N160 recommended. I have successfully loaded with the faster powders but you need to run loads up carefully as pressure signs appeared quickly. The result was an accurate round but a little soft
    I have been using 36grn N140 to drive 95grn bt , OAL 2.689 atb Tim

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    i have been using 38.1 grains of N140, federal brass, cci200 primers 100 grain btsp, can group at 3/4 inch at 2924fps, that was at 100 yard in tunnel at calton moor last week, very fast and very accurate in tikka t3 varmint

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