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Recommendations on components for 243 reloading
torquimata Member Posts: 200 ✭✭✭
edited September 2005 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
Thanks for the input on the .243 press setup, gentlemen, I'd love the RCBS but can only afford the Lee kit, single parenthood means really tight budget. Any way, are there any recommendations you could make on bullets for woodchucking and deer, new brass. I see vast differences in the cost of Remington vs Winchester brass, also heard the ballstic tip or VMax were good for varmint shooting. I suppose the load book that comes with the kit will specify different powders and different bullet weights. Is Midway the best place to get bullets and cases? Thanks for any input, Happy Labor Day.
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You would need a bullet to at least penetrate to the off side of a deer, and I prefer that it moves right on through.
A 95 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip in a .243 will do a great job on any deer walking, as will any of the heavy Sierra's designed for deer, or Hornady's ,ect... It's always the bullet that does the job, so pick the right one....
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I love the balistic tip in any caliber,..so that will affect my recomendations. The 95gr pill will level a whitetail with little effort out to a good 400yds.
as far as components,..the lee collet dies have been the absolute best lower priced dies I have ever seen. these dies load match grade ammo with a fraction of the freight.
why chase the game when the bullet can get em from here?....
I have to give a few thoughts on this one having nine to the credit of my .243 of past years. I killed all of them using 75 and 87 gr. Sierra bullets. However, the thing I didn't like about them was they fragmented and I usually had three exit holes in the backside. That didn't ruin any meat but left in question the bullet performance. I really like shooting the 'new'(to me anyhow) Nosler Ballistic tips for accuracy. A few of my friends though, have used the BT's on deer and say they are terrible destroyers of meat. They have all stated they are going back to the Partition not only for it's performance but also for keeping meat destruction to a minimum. My preference when hunting is a broadside chest shot that isn't going to ruin meat, so accuracy is really key. The newest from Nosler is the Accubond. Supposedly, this bullet shoots as well as the Bt's and has the game performance of the Partition. I have yet to verify either in any caliber, although I have some ready to reload.
Woodchuck and varmint: 55-75 gr. Nosler BT's and Sierra Varminter and I highly recommend the Hornady V-max
Nosler Partition, followed by Sierra GK, Followed by Speer. Bt's and Accubonds are optional too. Hornady makes a good hunting bullet also with really good accuracy.
Again too, what I've found is this cartridge really likes 4350 and 4831 powders for accuracy. -Good luck
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Good luck and have fun, you will really enjoy reloading.