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    243 load recommendations

    Hi guys

    I have just purchased a new stainless synthetic Sako 85 in .243 calibre, I have purchased it with the Idea of using it for foxing and some stalking, I am looking for some load recommendations for deer stalking, either factory loads or hand loads. I realise that .243 is a bit marginal for some species of deer but wondered what are the best performance loads that could be recommended.

    many thanks.
    Last edited by paultap; 26-09-2013 at 19:09.

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    I would home load for it, if you use a nosler 85g - 90g ballistic tip on either fox or deer it will do the job as long as you do your part with shot placement

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    85 bthp sierra load data from the one book mine runs 1/2 moa if i do my side right if you wish i can copy it all load info is as per data'r from sierra , vit 140 3130 fps in my rpa.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    I would home load for it, if you use a nosler 85g - 90g ballistic tip on either fox or deer it will do the job as long as you do your part with shot placement

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    Plenty of reloading manuals here you know where I live.

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    Many thanks for the replies so far guys.

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    100gr btsp's with 36gr N140 behind them gives 2850fps and is fully stable through my T3 22" stainless varmint.
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    Quad sticks

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    Standard factory Federal Power-Shock 100Grains in .243W works for me on foxes and deer.
    • Do not be seduced by the marketing-men....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Hamburger View Post
    Standard factory Federal Power-Shock 100Grains in .243W works for me on foxes and deer.
    I agree with Eric, i have used these in my .243 and my friends .243, both Sako
    But i reload, so i use BTSP 100g Speer and Reloader 19, 40 grains, doesn't appear to bother the fox or deer which are used, both very effective even on big Devon reds.

    Cheers

    ​Richard

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    Hornady 100g BTSP 38gr Hodgden H414 or Sierra 85g BTHP 37gr Vit N140. Sako 90g or 100g sp always worked well for me also.

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