I load the same round for my 270. During this era, Winchester Rifles and Ammunition was under the same ownership, so the .243 Winchester was introduced in the Model 70 rifle. Hornady VMax with 46 gr. Use the data exactly as outlined. Accuracy, increased range, flatter trajectory, less wind drift and devastating terminal results are all realized with Superformance ® Varmint ammunition.. Find a Retailer We started with 16.0 gr and worked up to 18.2 gr, looking for the best accuracy. Shoots through 90% of our deer and ones that don't go down in their tracks don't run but 15-25 yards max. IMR 4350 with the Hornady 87 or Sierra 85 gr. #1730661 - 11/27/10 11:15 AM Re: favorite 243 coyote load [Re: rebrick99] derbyacresbob Die Hard Member with a vengeance Registered: 04/05/07 Posts: 4567 Loc: Kern County, CA 75 gr V-Max with 39.0 grains of IMR 4064. With modern hunting bullets, it is quite reliable on deer-sized game. Pet Loads and Handloader are registered trademarks of Wolfe Publishing Company. Internal damage was significant but not excessive, and tracking was unnecessary. While you’re looking for a rifle for your own use, it’s important to know the features and characteristics of each one. Energy transfer is both hasty and tremendous. My 85 X load was the same as my Sierra GK BTHP load, max w/IMR4350, netted only 3100, but out of a 20" tube. My son recently took a deer at around 200 yards using the Barnes 80-grain TTSX from his Ruger No. John selected the .243 Win because it offers excellent ballistics with manageable recoil. This projectile is available only as a component. I had a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight action custom built with a 261⁄2-inch No. All the old favorites are normally there, … Internal fluting makes upset possible at a range of velocities. Lehigh Defense 60-grain Controlled ChaosCreated to fulfill a game agency’s need for a lead-free, .24-caliber bullet with minimal pass-through energy, the CNC-machined, all-brass, boattail-base, hollow-point bullet offers violent expansion. Don't have the specific loads in front on me but the guns do like the old IMR powder. 100gr core lokt is a very good deer bullet. Not that you can’t hunt deer with a 90-grain bullet, but the hunting market is what it is, and the .244 fell far behind the .243, with Remington renaming its cartridge the 6mm Remington. It’s available as a component and loaded in Hornady Superformance Varmint ammunition. E-mail your comments/questions about this site to: EmediaHunter@nrahq.org, For questions/comments about American Hunter magazine, please e-mail:Publications@nrahq.org, You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on American Hunter, visit nramediakit.com for more information. SSTs are factory loaded by Hornady and Black Hills Ammunition. Coupled with the secant ogive, the red, polymer tip improves ballistic efficiency and initiates expansion. The .243 Winchester’s light recoil is a plus for shooters who are susceptible to recoil sensitivity. All are top tier. Washed off material serves to enhance damage to vital organs. Its below .75. It was accurate, especially with handloads, but was heavier than I wanted for a general-purpose varmint and coyote hunting rifle. The projectile has a heavy, tapered, gilding metal jacket that’s bonded to the lead core. The .243 Winchester (right) is based on a necked-down .308 Winchester case (left). Ranging in weight from 58 to 87 grains, the 75-grain variant is the standout. Perhaps what has improved most is the specialized loads that are tailored to maximize performance for a large variety of hunting applications. Hornady 75-grain V-MaxHolding to the belief of the .243 Win as a dual-purpose cartridge, Hornady manufacturers four, .24-caliber V-Max varmint bullets. Originally designed for long-range varminting, the boattail-base, hollow-point, cup-and-core projectile nicely pulls double-duty for hunting deer-size game. It provides very good accuracy in … Rifle and ammunition sales were strong. more energy at 400 yards, nice to have on coyotes. Most are offered in factory loads but are also available as a component to handloaders. Forget about loads with bullets lighter than 90 grains, for they do not generate useful downrange killing … This is especially important when using monolithic bullets, such as the Hornady 80-grain GMX or Barnes Tipped TSX-Bullet, which should be used with data developed especially for them. InterLock ring) to the lead-alloy core, thereby minimizing jacket-core separation during expansion and penetration. John Whidden of Whidden Gunworks used the .243 Winchester cartridge to win the 2017 NRA Long Range Championship, his fifth LR title at Camp Perry (and second in a row). Hornady 95-grain SSTSuper Shock Tip (SST) bullets are purpose-built for big-game hunting, and the 95-grain, .24-caliber variant is no different. A friend uses it in the 270 for deer and swears by it. Ackley Data) 3.243 Rockchucker (P.O. Thanks to its profile, the 0.98”-long Oryx will often stabilize in barrels with slower rifling twist rates that struggle with more aerodynamic bullets. Saturday, September 9, 2017. The following is a list of the six best .243 rifles that are currently on the market. Our experts the author contacted disagreed on whether or not the .243 is a reliable elk cartridge. Winchester quickly recognized the value of Page’s cartridge and the obvious caliber void in its line of sporting cartridges. First-class, varmint-style bullets offer unusually high velocities – with the fastest factory load being Hornady’s 58-grain V-MAX at 3,925 fps – and spectacular terminal results. Temperature was recorded at 24 degrees below zero. Having observed the .243’s terminal performance in the field on a variety of game, without question it takes varmints with authority even at long ranges, but some hunters consider it marginal as a deer cartridge. Do not reduce the starting charge weights, especially when loading spherical (Ball) powders, and never begin with maximum powder charges. Despite its protected-point profile, flat base, and wide meplat, the 100-grain, .24-caliber Grand Slam still has a respectable BC of .327. When hunting deer (especially mule deer), feral hogs and smaller black bear, the Grand Slam is a great choice. Review of the Best .243 Rifles. My gun likes a .010 jump at 3100 fps . As hunting season approaches every year, we look toward our gun cabinets and wonder if we're really using the best deer rifle. Its sibling, the 95-grain VLD Hunting, is loaded by HSM. For the largest, toughest species within the .243 Winchester’s capabilities, the Norma Oryx is an excellent choice. 2 contour Douglas barrel; it proved capable of 1⁄4-MOA accuracy, which was uncommon for that era using common hunting bullets. 243 win . It’s also extremely accurate; in fact, seldom have I had any .24-cal. One of my current favorite loads is the 87 gr. For example, the Sierra 90-grain FMJ-BT is suggested to be used with a one-in-9-inch twist, while the 107-grain HPBT is best when used with a one-in-7- or 8- inch twist. Although the above .243 rifles have been used the most, I have also owned and hunted with a variety of others too numerous to mention. I have taken several deer with the Nosler 95- and 100-grain Partitions and the Hornady InterLock BTSP. Speer 100-grain Grand SlamUnlike most lead-core projectiles, in which the hardened lead core is inserted into the jacket, that of the Grand Slam is poured directly into the tapered, gilding metal jacket featuring heel folds; therefore, the Grand Slam combines a friction and mechanical grip between the two materials. Three-shot groups halved that. John says that, at least for a sling shooter, the .243 Win is hard to beat at long range. From normal 22" barreled sporting rifles, realistic safe maximum working velocities include 3200fps with 85/87 grain bullets, 3100fps with 90 grain bullets, 3050fps with 95 grain bullets, 3000fps with 100 grain bullets and 2950fps with 105 grain bullets. Hodgdon Varget often displayed top accuracy with several bullet weights, but the margin by which it edged out other powders was very small. My 1965 243 BDL likes the 70gn with 40 gns of 4350 and the SPS likes the Matchking with just about the same load charge. The result is a bullet that has rapid, yet controlled, expansion with weight retention averaging 90 percent or more. Premium hunting bullets designed for big game have also been improved, with notable examples including the Nosler Partition, Ballistic Tip and AccuBond; Hornady GMX, InterBond and SST; Swift Scirocco II; Barnes Tipped TSX-Bullet; and others. This is a discussion on post your best 243 loads within the Handloading Techniques forums, part of the Technical category; i have never loaded for this round. H4350: 46+ Having shot more than a dozen deer with it from a .243 Win., 6 mm Rem., and 6 mm Int’l, seldom do deer travel far—if at all. Remington 700 adl factory 1:9 twist Winchester brass pockets trued and flash holes reamed . The .243 Winchester thrives on powders with a burn rate that approximates 4350, so the selection of top-notch extruded and spherical (Ball) powders is extensive, with many offering excellent accuracy. away. Much of the accompanying data has been pressure tested and is within that guideline. Although the above .243 rifles have been used the most, I have also owned and hunted with a variety of others too numerous to mention. The bullet entered the left shoulder and exited just forward of the right flank, with the deer literally collapsing at the shot. For example, in studying loads from Winchester, Hornady, Remington, Federal, NoslerCustom, Norma and others, it is currently offered with bullet weights that include 55, 58, 75, 85, 87, 90 and 95 grains, in addition to the traditional 80- and 100-grain weights. The .243 Win., with its 1:10” twist, can stabilize the 100 and 105-grain bullets, which the hunting public wanted for deer and other big game. Around 1982. Berger 95-grain Classic HunterContaining a hybrid nose design and long, Berger VLD-style boattail, the match-grade 95-grain Classic Hunter has the best BC of any .24-caliber bullet that’ll work within SAAMI parameters for overall length (and thus fit into standard rifle magazines). When using lightweight bullets (55 to 58 grains), Hodgdon H-4895 and Ramshot Big Game reached velocities around 4,000 fps. Lots of good powders for the 243, your rifle will tell you what it likes.. No particular order here, but I usually will find a good load with one of these.. Lots more than these will work for you too..... H-4350 H-4831 RL-15 RL-17 Highly accurate and below 1moa. Powders include Vihtavuori, IMR, Hodgdon, Accurate, Ramshot, Alliant, Winchester Big-game hunters who use 80- to 100-grain bullets will be pleased with the velocities produced by Accurate 2700 and 2520; Hodgdon SUPERFORMANCE, H-4895, Hybrid 100V, Varget, H-4831SC, H-414, Winchester 760, IMR-4350, IMR-4320; Alliant Reloder 17, Power Pro 4000-MR; Ramshot Big Game and Hunter. Eighty- to 85-percent weight retention is typical. of Ram Shot Hunter. Let’s look at those assumptions a bit closer in the following table. When loaded with the proper bullet, the .243 Win. A lot depends at what distances your shooting at. 1. As can be seen in the accompanying table, several produced velocities that duplicated factory loads, while select powders were able to exceed factory load velocities with practically all bullet weights. Given the plethora of 0.243”-diameter bullets, though, how do you know which one is right for your gun, quarry and circumstance? Despite such impressive performance, the 85-grain BTHP GameKing is available only as a component; therefore, you must handload it. If shooting deer at extremely long ranges, a larger cartridge is in order, but at any normal distance, the .243 is a very capable deer cartridge. Sierra Varminter 85 grain SP is my favorite in 6mm or 243. .243 Winchester (using Sierra bullets) reloading data with 551 loads. There are few topics in the hunting world that generate more heated debate than whether any given cartridge is powerful enough for a particular animal. It will produce a very impressive wound cavity and large exit wound. Just so you know, Blue Dot is shotgun powder and you won't find this data published in too many places. It’s just right. .010″ into lands. After serving in Vietnam during the 1960s, one of my older brothers returned home and gave my father a new Remington, During the late 1970s, I acquired a pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 Varmint so chambered. In other words, if a load was developed in a Norma case that holds 56.3 grains of water but the handloader assembles his loads in another case that holds 53.3 grains of water, pressures can jump significantly. How do they do it? Most drop at the shot. Handloading the .243 Win allows you to take advantage of the caliber’s versatility by customizing your loads. It was renamed the .243 Winchester and chambered in the Winchester Model 70 bolt-action and Model 88 lever-action sporting rifles. Sierra 85-grain HPBT GameKingAs a “do-it-all” bullet, Sierra’s 85-grain HPBT GameKing is tough to top. Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. Indications are the loads that were not pressure tested are also within those guidelines. bullet. Norma brass. Below is a listing of seven standouts. Component bullets and loaded ammunition are available from Lehigh Defense. 1 .243 Winchester. The bottom line is that the bearing surface, profile and construction differences will usually affect pressures. Although suitable for animal culling with perfect shot placement, the 75-grain V-Max is best relegated to varmints and predators. Its a very humane round, mostly drop right their in most cases 100 yards and farther. projectile top the accuracy attainable with this bullet. Current industry maximum average pressure for the .243 is 60,000 psi. After entry, hydraulic pressure forces the nose to shard and radiate outward, causing numerous smaller wound channels while the caliber-diameter base provides straight-line penetration. Not very many exit holes. RCBS dies were used to develop the accompanying handloads. And work it does! Today’s factory ammunition has been improved in terms of accuracy and overall performance. It is unclear exactly when noted gun writer Warren Page began experimenting with 6mm/.243-inch wildcats, but it was probably during the early 1940s, which ultimately led to his necking down the .308 Winchester case shortly after it was introduced in 1952. D. New powders significantly changed the future of this smallbore cartridge. .243 Ackley Improved Loads Below — DO NOT USE in Standard Case: IMR 4895: 41.5: CCI BR4: 68 Berger MEF: 3630 fps: 1/4-MOA at 100, .005″ into lands, Hart barrel. It’s also a wonderfully accurate projectile; in fact, when working up loads for American Rifleman, the average of five consecutive, five-shot groups at 100 yards from a $269 Savage was 0.98”. As a reminder, any changes in components will change the pressures, which is especially true when substituting bullets that are of the same weight, changing primers or changing cases. Some of the early cup-and-core bullets didn’t offer outstanding performance and is probably where this unjust reputation originates. My favorite general purpose.243 load uses a Hornady 87 grain BTHP bullet in front of a maximum load of 37.1 grains of IMR 4064 powder for a MV of 3100 fps. Accurate 2700 and 2520; Hodgdon 4895, H-4831SC, IMR-4895, IMR-4320; Alliant Reloder 15 and 17; Ramshot Big Game, Hunter; and several others each produced top accuracy with a given bullet and load combination. Whether we're talking about the .223 Remington for deer, the .375 H&H for elephant, or the .256 Newton for Moluccan Rusa deer, the … 44.5 H4350 80 gr Nosler Ballistic tip , win large std primer . There's a lot of debate as to what the best deer rifle is, but the.243 definitely has it going on. This type of performance is typical when the .243 Winchester is stoked with great hunting bullets. Wolfe Publishing Company | 2180 Gulfstream Suite A | Prescott, AZ 86301. Like its brethren, the 75-grain V-Max features a thin, fragile jacket and swaged lead core for dramatic fragmentation, while the polymer tip, ogive, and boattail base boost the ballistic coefficient (BC) for flatter trajectories and less wind deflection. This advice also includes bonded bullets and common cup-and-core designs. VERY good deer round so far. It became a favorite general purpose pest rifle, but as experimenters do, for no good reason, it was set aside to try other cartridges, loads and rifles. 243 Win 58 gr V-MAX® Superformance® Item #8343 | 20/Box . The .243 typically utilizes powder charges that are between 29.0 and 45.0 grains (although a few charges approach 50.0 grains). copper creek's 105 vld load should hammer out to 1000 in your barrel, at best i was getting near 1" @ 400 yards with the 105 a-max same barrel you'r using. I started loading for the .243 47 years ago and used IMR 4350 and as remember the load was 43 gr. Try these bullets and you won’t be disappointed. Good, not great, but plenty for a nice hog at 240 yds, DRT I would feel the 4064, 4320, and Varget would get a nod for common powders if you want to milk top speeds and why not if they shoot well. necked down, can be handloaded with a variety of bullets and propellants that allow practice on targets an… is simply ideal for varmints, predators, and medium-size game. 243 Winchester 243 Winchester Maximum Loads Should Be Used With Caution - Always Start With Minimum Loads. Countless young hunters shoot rifles chambered in .243 Win. Superformance ® Varmint ammunition delivers muzzle velocity increases of 100 to 200 feet per second from EVERY gun. Some are available in factory loads, while others require handloading. Ackley Data) 25.243 Super Rockchucker (Ackley Data) 17.243 Winchester: 9.243 Winchester (105 GR Berger Bullets Data) 34.243 Winchester (105/107 GR Fast Twist Using Nosler Bullets) 24 Using bullets from Sierra BlitzKing, Sierra HP, Sierra BlitzKing or HPBT MatchKing, Sierra SBT, Sierra SPT or HPBT, Sierra FMJBT, Sierra SPT or SBT, Sierra HPBT MatchKing. Norma 100-grain OryxWhat the flat-base, semi-spitzer, 100-grain Oryx lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for in durability. The .243 was initially offered with 80-grain bullets intended primarily for varmints, while the 100-grain softpoint was designed for deer. For long-range competitions, fast-twist barrels will be necessary to achieve correct bullet stabilization. Anyone who uses the .243 Winchester to hunt deer or similar game should use full power loads with 90 grain bullets at minimum; 95 to 100 grain bullets are better. has, since its inception in 1955, faithfully fulfilled its intended purpose as a dual-purpose round. Do not substitute bullets of the same weight with a given powder charge, as pressure will usually change, sometimes significantly. 243 Win 100 gr InterLock® BTSP American Whitetail® Item #8047 | 20/Box . Maximum case length is 2.045 inches, while the trim-to length is 2.035 inches. Yes, the .243 Winchester is A GOOD CHOICE for whitetail deer hunting, under average conditions, from a mid-range distance, with a medium grain expanding bullet, and with correct shot placement. In working with the .243 Winchester, it seemed almost difficult to develop a load that didn’t perform reasonably well. Ackley Data) 5.243 RKB (P.O. When reloading for the .243, the most suitable powders are those in the W760, H4350, IMR4350, ADI2209 and H414 range. 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I have always had good luck with the core lokt bullet. to take untold numbers of deer, antelope and more than a few elk each fall, despite assertions from big-bore advocates that the .243 is marginal, at best, for smaller big-game animals. Among the most popular centerfire cartridges to-date, the .243 Win. Less sensitive to seating depth too, the Classic Hunter nonetheless shares the terminal performance of the company’s VLD Hunter in the same weight; that is, the bullet will penetrate several inches before shedding upward of 85 percent of its weight. The .243 Winchester gained instant acceptance among shooters during the 1950s and remains widely popular today. Re: Most accurate .243 loaded ammo? The most accurate loads we've had were loaded with Blue Dot. 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