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#7160951 - 05/05/18 08:11 AM Tikka 243 bullet options
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I bought a tikka t3 lite chambered in 243 win with a 1:10 TR a while back and Iím just now getting around to working up some loads for it now that Iíve burned through some factory ammo and have some brass to work with. Iím mostly looking to have some fun with it out to 500 yds on steel until I gather the funds to rebarrel it. What bullets should I start with?
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#7160954 - 05/05/18 08:13 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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you might get one of the new 100 grain bullets to work but probably one in the 80gr range.
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#7160973 - 05/05/18 08:27 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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#7160979 - 05/05/18 08:32 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: FiremanJG]
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Great information thank you sir! Iím leaning towards 87gr VMax with IMR 4064
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#7160996 - 05/05/18 08:46 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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Man, I'm as a big a Hornady lover as anyone, but Sierra still deserves a look. So I looked, check out the BC they achieved for a 95 gr 6mm. And my experience with their .30 cal 155 TMK has been nothing but positive. The BC has been correct, it's great for target, and has done a number on hogs and coyotes. You mentioned 500 yard target, this bullet will go twice that far, no doubt about it.

www.sierrabullets.com/store/product.cfm/sn/7295/243-dia-6mm-95-gr
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#7161010 - 05/05/18 08:55 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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I like the 95gr TMK but do you think my barrel will stabilize it?
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#7161031 - 05/05/18 09:13 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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Might try some 4000MR powder
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#7161037 - 05/05/18 09:18 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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Originally Posted By: mreed
I like the 95gr TMK but do you think my barrel will stabilize it?


The twist rate charts say it will. And I would expect a full case of powder to do it best. In other words, there is usually a low powder charge and a high powder charge that works in everything. I would plan on focusing on the high one here, which is what we all do most of the time anyway.
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#7161039 - 05/05/18 09:18 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: mreed]
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1:10 twist should stabilize that 95 fine. Some are even able to get 105ís etc to stabilize.

I debate often about rebarreling my 243 to a fast twist 243 or a 7mm08 ai
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#7161042 - 05/05/18 09:19 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
Might try some 4000MR powder


I was thinking IMR-4451, the new replacement for H-4350, which was also a known great powder for .243 Win.
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#7161078 - 05/05/18 09:58 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: redchevy]
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Alright I have some 95gr TMKs on the way and Iím going to swing by Gibsonís Monday to look for some powder. Until then I guess Iíll start looking for some load data.

Originally Posted By: redchevy
I debate often about rebarreling my 243 to a fast twist 243 or a 7mm08 ai


When I do rebarrel I believe Iím going to go to a fast twist 243ai
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#7161089 - 05/05/18 10:27 AM Re: Tikka 243 bullet options [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
7mm08 ai


You know my take on that. grin

That's the baddest dude to walk the block, in that action and bolt size.
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