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#5890465 - 08/22/15 09:45 AM Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads?
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I am interested in the results ya'll are getting with factory ammo in the Ruger American in .243 win with factory ammo. Recommendations?
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#5890478 - 08/22/15 09:54 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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I'm actually looking for an American in .243 Win. but will be handloading for it. Not sure what twist they are but I'm thinking a factory Remington Corelokt in 85-100 grains would probably do well.
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#5890542 - 08/22/15 11:09 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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According to Rugers website it's 1:9 twist. I'd think anything in the 95-100gr range should shoot well. I have a 7mm-08 and the Federal Fusion 120gr shot very well. I need to shoot it some more but the Fusion initially shot better than Remington Premier 140 gr and one other 140gr I tried.
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#5890670 - 08/22/15 01:23 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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Well, I initially picked up two boxes of winchester power points-80 and 100 grain. I figured I'd zero with the weight that shot best and leave it at that, but I went to Gander for a bore snake and walked out with a box of the 95 grain Fusion as well. There is a thread on sniperforums.Com about a ruger american holding together under a minute all the way out to 650 with the fusion 95 grain load, and these were the first shots out of the box. I figure I'd be doing pretty good if I get ammo off the shelf that shot about a minute @ 100, nevermind keeping stable out to 650, in any brand new rifle, and realistically maybe a minute and a half with an occasional flyer. I have seen a lot of posts praising the federal fusion for accuracy. I'll let ya'll know how it goes with what I've got.
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#5891184 - 08/22/15 09:23 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Regular Guy
Well, I initially picked up two boxes of winchester power points-80 and 100 grain. I figured I'd zero with the weight that shot best and leave it at that, but I went to Gander for a bore snake and walked out with a box of the 95 grain Fusion as well. There is a thread on sniperforums.Com about a ruger american holding together under a minute all the way out to 650 with the fusion 95 grain load, and these were the first shots out of the box. I figure I'd be doing pretty good if I get ammo off the shelf that shot about a minute @ 100, nevermind keeping stable out to 650, in any brand new rifle, and realistically maybe a minute and a half with an occasional flyer. I have seen a lot of posts praising the federal fusion for accuracy. I'll let ya'll know how it goes with what I've got.


The first three shot group I shot with my 7mm-08 American was right at 3/4", and the first two shots of the next group were touching. I think you'll be quite pleased with the gun. Let us know how it shoots!
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#5891208 - 08/22/15 09:44 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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Oh man, it is killing me. The last time I shot a centerfire rifle other than a service rifle, I was 19 years young! I just turned 35. That one was a Savage in .308. I can't even recall what model, picked it up for around $200 at walmart back then. If I get range time in the next week I'll be lucky. I ought to have some results within about two weeks though...


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#5913624 - 09/04/15 05:13 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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I finally got to shoot. My .243 American seems to like the 80 grain load better than the 100. It shoots pretty consistent 1.5" groups with plain old 80 grain Winchester soft points. I did shoot a couple of groups around about an inch, and one about 3/4". Even my very worst group with this ammo was less than 2". The 100 grain load showed some promise, but a couple flyers resulted in their dismissal. One group opened to a little over 3", and that was that for me. I might try another box of them, because i did run two mixed magazines of 80 and 100 grain and almost kept them all inside a 2" square. Probably can't expect results like that with consistency, but I still think thats pretty good for two loads that have different points of impact. I like the rifle a lot, a best buy for $184 for sure. Meanwhile, my gun is dialed in with the 80 grain soft points. I feel confident i can make a good neck shot with this load.


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#5913864 - 09/04/15 08:48 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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$184? Seriously, that's all you paid? I don't need one, but at that price I just might need one.

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#5913989 - 09/04/15 10:32 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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I'm telling ya! First firearm I've owned in about three years. I sold what I had when I got to Fort Hood- just a couple shotguns. I hemmed and hawed for three years on different rifles. No time to shoot means plenty of time to wait for a good deal. I was looking for something with a little more knockdown power at first, but I thought a .243 would be a little more versatile and my wife and kids could manage it. When I saw those rugers I knew that was it. You are not going to find a better deal on a brand new rifle. About 1.5 moa with Winchester's cheapest load, 2nd cheapest load on wal-mart shelves, and using a $40 tasco scope. I'll take that all day
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#5914235 - 09/05/15 09:31 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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First 3 shots from my RAR 243 (100gr Win Power Points) were in less than 1". All subsequent loads have been hand loads. Great little tool for the money.

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#5918826 - 09/08/15 05:39 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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I just read the thread on rifle maintenance before typing this.  I never clean all the fouling from the bore. I normally run a patch of clp or remoil, or maybe some hoppe's 9 solvent- something off the shelf at walmart to be honest. Then a couple dry patches and/or a bore snake.  If the gun sits for a few days without being shot, I will wet the bore with a patch of oil for storage. I have never tried to clean up the oil in the bore before shooting.
I ran a patch of clp down the bore last night, and we just happened to go to the range today.  I gave the 100 grain winchester pp's a 2nd chance, and at 50 yards they grouped as bad today as they did at 100 yards a week ago.  6 shots at 50 yards, 3 sets of 2 holes touching, spread diagonally across about three inches.  I let it cool a minute and switched to the 80 grains, without swabbing the bore. They literally shot the 1/2" center circle out of a 1" birchwood casey target dot.  My wife and I used the remaining 100 grain pp's to plink soda cans, and then I proceeded to shoot 45 long colt shells from 50 yards with the 80 grain soft points.  We never even let the barrel cool after plinking, and it got hot enough to see the mirage in the scope.  The gun can flat out shoot the 80 grain winchester soft points, even with a hot barrel.  But I digress...
After reading the maintenance thread and thinking it over, I want to try the 100's once more with a DRY barrel.  I might even run a patch or two of denatured alcohol down the bore to get the powder residue and ALL the oil out for sure without removing the copper/fouling. Maybe run through a whole box of 20 for peace of mind. I really want the 100 grain winchester load to shoot for me, the center of it's poi is 2" low and centered to the 80 grains at 100 yards. Zeroed with the 100's at 100 yards, i could have options. I just can't see why the accuracy is that poor with 100 grain powerpoints, and so awesome with the 80 grain soft points.  Maybe I got a bad lot of 100 grains, or a good lot of 80's who knows.  Might the oil being burned off actually make that much difference over the first half dozen shots?  As far as I know, at this velocity, any oil based lubricant will increase drag and friction instead of reduce it- i think that it matters, just didn't think it mattered THAT much.  3" at 50 yards is pretty bad compared to a 1/2" hole with the 80 grains, but the oil was probably burned off by the time I switched.  Gives me an excuse to spend one more day at the range, regardless :)  In the meantime, I have a lot more confidence in the 80 grain load. 
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#5921284 - 09/09/15 10:11 PM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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100 grain Hornady Whitetail Revolution ammo. I've killed 5 deer the last two years with this ammo.

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#5921809 - 09/10/15 09:37 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Assume you mean American Whitetail ammo?

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#5921942 - 09/10/15 10:57 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: Regular Guy]
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RG, read my post below about oil in the barrel. It has good information about how to clean and how NOT to shoot any ammo with oil or lubricant in the barrel.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4661544/1/Rifle_Cleaning_for_deer_season

On the 100 grain ammo. A lot of 243's struggle shooting the heavy (i.e.- long) bullets. It looks like your 243 is a 1:9" barrel twist. A 1:9" should stabilize a 100 grain flat base soft point. It's easier to get the long bullets to shoot bad than it is to get them to shoot good when you are on the edge of stability and the load may need tweaking to make it shoot good. But I would not test them at 50 yards. It's way too close. But still, 3" is not that good at 50. Something else may be going on.
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#5921990 - 09/10/15 11:27 AM Re: Ruger American .243, most accurate factory loads? [Re: JJH]
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Originally Posted By: JJH
Assume you mean American Whitetail ammo?


Yep. I was working from memory and that's a dangerous thing.

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