has anyone got any favourite loads for the T3? Not for deer! Fox mainly
It might save me a lot of experimenting
trying 38 gr of varget with 70gr noslers tomorrow. It's just a minimum load, but hoping its a good one
I've got a Tikka T3 in .243 and it seamed to like 75grn Hornady HP and H4350 powder lite by CCI 200 Benchrest Primer's unfortunalty I lost the load data with my computer so you'll have to have a play but it was a real tack driver of a load, pleasent to shoot and put shot after shot in through the same hole at 100m.
If you can get hold of the a Hornday Reloading manual that what I used. For H4350 use between 42.9 gr 3100FPS and absolute Max load of 46.7gr 3400fps. I'd advise to stay below the max just to be on the safe side.
Let us know how you get on with them, 105gr bullet's are supose to difficult to stabalise in .243 rifles unless the rifle's got a twist rate of at least 1 in 10 or less.I think the TIkka might be able to do it.
speer 105 gr and on choosing a rifle for twist rate
They are a good bullet, i have used them and found them good on roe. although i am generally using hornady 1nterlock as i have found them easier to get hold of. I have to say that i don't use the 243 on deer at all now. it is going on loan to my cousin.
the twist rate thing can be quite crucial. i dealt with a bloke who applied for 2 x 223 rifles. he had one for foxing but when he took it north found it wouldn't stabalise a heavier bullet for roe stalking. It's a good job it was me that was the feo. it would have been like talking a different language to most bobbies.
the way i work it is
1 what am i going to shoot- what is a reasonable calibre and bullet wieght for this (i look for a bullet that is in the middle of the wieght range for the calibre)
2 look at rifles i can afford and with a twist rate that suits the bullet that i want to shoot. this might take a bit of research on 'tinternet.
3 go and look at one and buy one i like i consider barrel length and carry-about-ability of the rifle. the rifle make is not really important. i have a good look at the rifle and look down the barrel with a barrel scope (if the shop has one)
4 when i get it home i clean the barrel properly and then go and shoot it.