243 Ammunition for Browning X bolt

Hawksthorn

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I'm looking for a single load that will legally cope with Small deer and foxes, has anyone out there using an x-bolt in 243 found a Brand and weight which ticks all the boxes
 

Hawksthorn

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No Im not reloading, as much as I think I would love it I do not shoot enough through the X bolt to warrant it
 

wint

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hawksthorn,I use 100g soft point federals with my x bolt the blue box & they work well for me,
atb Andy
 

SA shooter

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As PKL say the Federal 85 gr BTHP is a very good round. But it does a lot of damage to the animal/deer you shoot ok for Charlie. I think the x bolt has a 1 in 10 twist so 85 should work great. I shoot the 85 gr in my Ruger 1 in 9 twist rifle and get on well with them. I'll be trying the federal 100 gr soft point this weekend. I'll let you know how i get on with them. They are about half the price of 85 gr and easy to get hold of too, un like the 85 gr.
 

philip

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100grn Federal SP works in my browning .243 a treat, found this a good all round bullet weight, grouping is also good
 

derek.snr

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norma 100grn soft point ,expensive but good ,exellent results with sst hornday superperformace but a bit too harsh on deer.d
 

johndownes

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I have a browning a bolt and it loves factory remington 80 grain, it almost clover leafs a 3shot group at 100yards. But there all different, so you need to do some testing.
 

purdeydog

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I use RWS 100g soft point (Its called T mantle i think) in my X bolt .243, never tried anything else. On the paper they are very accurate. I've had a few Does with it this winter and all have dropped on the spot bar one which went 20 yards and that was still a high heart/lung shot. They leave a nice clean hole on the exit and do very little damage to the meat. Really happy with the set up on the hole.
 

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