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#6399594 - 08/08/16 08:00 PM .243 loads
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I was loading the Sierra 100gr for my son's .243 last year. He killed a deer with it but lost one on what appeared to be a good shot. The one we did find ran about 60 yards with no blood trail, so he's lost confidence in that bullet. Even though I know it's a solid bullet I want to change up to make sure he's confident.

I was initially thinking SST or BT but very open to ideas. I like the thought of a Barnes TTSX in 80 grains but I'd to hear other people's thoughts. It'll be used on deer and pigs only.
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#6399659 - 08/08/16 08:39 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I have the Thomson Pro Hunter in 243. Shoot the 80 gr GMX's, several deer and not had to go look for one yet.
They are just a dead as the one's shot with my 338.

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#6399686 - 08/08/16 08:52 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I shoot 95 grain SSTs out of mine. I shoot everything behind the shoulder and it liquifies the heart and lungs. Devastating bullet. 90 grain BTs perform very similar.
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#6399690 - 08/08/16 08:55 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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One of mine goes out with 90gr Accubonds around 3150 or so. It will also do the 85 partitions just as accurately. However, the only deer I've taken was with the AB's in this rifle.

The second one likes the 95 gr ballistic tips. Accurate, but still haven't used it on a deer.

The last one handles the 90 gr AB's as well. Not quite as fast as the first rifle but fast enough. Mod 99 Savage that prints 5 shots inside an inch. Can't tell you about a blood trail, all of the 25 or so I've show with it were DRT.
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#6399696 - 08/08/16 08:58 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: Bbear]
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100gr Hornady, 95gr BTips, 100gr or 95gr Partitions. Whatever his rifle "likes"

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#6399697 - 08/08/16 08:59 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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Any of those should work great. That Sierra is pretty tough to beat at 243 velocities, but having confidence in your bullet is important.

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#6399702 - 08/08/16 09:03 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I'm another fan of the 80 grain .243 GMX. Push it fast and you'll have no regrets.
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#6400063 - 08/09/16 08:01 AM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I run 90gr accubonds in my 243.
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#6400082 - 08/09/16 08:12 AM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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Killed a ton of deer with a 243, from 80g sofpoints on up to 100g
They all worked fine, the only thing I am "concerned" with is a close range shot with the lighter traditional bullets if you hit the shoulder.

The Barnes 80g is wicked on deer and pigs.
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#6400145 - 08/09/16 08:36 AM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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Which sierra were you shooting the game king or the prohunter? I have been shooting 100 grain prohunters for 3 years now and have been impressed with them.

For a little tuffer bullet I would turn to an 85-100 grain nosler partition or an accubond.

If the sierra isn't getting it done then I sure wouldn't go to an sst or bt. To me no blood trail means no exit. Bullets know for exits are going to be partitons, barnes, GMX, and the bonded bullets swift, accubond, interbond etc.
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#6400261 - 08/09/16 09:33 AM Re: .243 loads [Re: redchevy]
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redchevy: the 95gr Ballistic Tip is not your typical exploding BT. It has been toughen up considerably. Performs very much like a Partition.

No experience with the SSTs, but by reputation, they are pretty fragile.

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#6400403 - 08/09/16 10:58 AM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I don't load them but I would find it difficult to believe that it performs like a partition.
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#6400886 - 08/09/16 04:46 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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OK. I'll just pass this along, FWIW. It was written by gun writer Steve Timm:

"The .243" 95-grain Ballistic was designed by Gail Root. Gail was perhaps Nosler's most talented ballistician.

Gail is and was a .243 Winchester NUT and he designed the 95-grain to be HIS big game killing bullet. Goodness only knows how many big 6X6 bull elk Gail took with the 95 and most of them with a single well-placed shot.

I know of at least one record-class Nilgai bull that Gail killed with the 85. Nilgai have the well-earned reputation of being almost bulletproof. The bull fell at the shot.

Gail also used the 95 to collect his magnigicent B&C typical whitetail.

Gail was proud of the 96=5s performance of big game; it's great penetration, superb accuracy and killing performance is amazing. This is one bullet that never had to go back for re-design.

Yes, I've killed big game with the.243 95-grain Ballistic ... maybe thirty head of assorted mule deer, whitetail, antelope and one quite decent black bear. And, YES, one raghorn 5X5 bull elk that measured about 285 B&C. I've never had to shoot any big game animal more than once and the animals either dropped in place or struggled for less than 20 yards.

The single bull elk I killed with the 95-grain fell as if electrocuted. I was using a Runger Number One in 6mm Remington Normal.

Naysayers will cuss and discuss the Ballistic Tip ... and that ain't my problem. I'm only telling you what I know for a fact and I have considerable experience with the 95-grainer and have found it to be a superb big game bullet.

Steve"



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#6400961 - 08/09/16 05:44 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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That's good to know. I'd otherwise never consider using a BT in either the .243 or the 6mm. It's very interesting how some of the BT bullets can vary so greatly from the performance characteristics of the others. The 120 grain .284 bullet is also an outlier.
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#6401067 - 08/09/16 06:55 PM Re: .243 loads [Re: TCB]
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I tried loading both Barnes bullets in my .243 and the Nosler E Tip, I couldn't get them to group under an inch at 100 yards. I bought some Berger 95 gr classic hunters and I can group under 1 inch at 200 yards.

I never loaded the Hornady GMX but I have heard good things. For me, Berger is the way to go. The deer I shot didn't take another step. I actually didn't take a great shot, it was 145 yards, broadside, and I put it up towards where the neck meets the chest. The bullet left a silver dollar size exist and there was a lot of blood.
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