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.243 Winchester Varmint Loads #7833447
03/30/23 11:39 AM
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Anyone on here have a favorite loading for the .243? The rifle has 1:10 twist.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833577
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Powder of choice under a Sierra 85 grain hollow point. Kills everything from groundhogs to deer quite well.


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833612
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Do you want to save the pelts? If you do, full metal jackets are the only way to go. Killed lots of both fox and coyotes with them. Damage is reasonable. Varmint Grenades give you a lot of splash, the entry wounds can be quite large. Every other bullet I tried gave me a large exit, especially if I hit bone. IMR4064 works the best in my .243 Savage


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833616
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One of my favs is a moderate charge of 4064 below the nosler 55 gr btÖ. DRT, no exit.


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833678
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I donít worry about the fur too much, I like the Federal Premium 55gr ballistic tips. Surprisingly they are not as harsh on hides as one might think. Catch an edge tho and itís not worth the walk to inspect.
Wicked fast round and certainly a stopper.

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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833745
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70gr Nosler ballistic and 75gr Hornady V-max Loaded with IMR 4064 or Varget. No varmint has ever argued with either of those.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7833758
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45 gr. 4831 w/ 85gr. Nosler BTSP (if that bullet is still available). 4831 is an WWII cannon powder.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834132
03/31/23 01:44 AM
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Running 55 grain Sierra Blitz Kings over Varget for 3,600 fps for coyotes. Surprisingly fur freindly if you stay off of bone and the edges. Almost never exits and minimal damage if it does. 24 caliber holes going in. Shoot point of shoulder or head and you'll have large baseball size entrances. BangFlops are the norm. Great on smaller vermin also.

Also running 75 grain Sierra Varminters over WW760 for 3,100 fps. Always exits on broadside coyotes and not so fur freindly. Very accurate round.


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834354
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Varget and a sierra 60 gr hp


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834389
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Any reason no one running H4350? I have read and read and it seems to be a top performer in .243
Any results with H Hybrid100V? Also read it is a good .243 powder
Just gathering supplies now.....

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834392
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Thanks all!

The loads with 70-80gr bullets is what I plan to start with. I will have see what I can scrounge up for powder and primers. Not much available locally.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834393
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I have killed a lot of fox and coyotes with the 55grain FMJ. Two small holes to sew up.
If I was not worried about fur damage I would go with the ballistic tips.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: TreedaBlackdog] #7834396
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Originally Posted by TreedaBlackdog
Any reason no one running H4350? I have read and read and it seems to be a top performer in .243
Any results with H Hybrid100V? Also read it is a good .243 powder
Just gathering supplies now.....


I have a bit of H and IMR 4350 around.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834475
03/31/23 01:03 PM
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I use IMR 4350in my deer loads, rits the same as h4350. Good powder

I like or I should say my gun likes 60 grain sierra hp with W760. Nosler 55 grain BTs are tough to beat.

If I was concerned about fur damage I'd use a different gun


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Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834477
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I used 80gr sp federal blue box for yrs while calling coyotes. Rarely tracked very far an not much of an exit wound.

Re: .243 Winchester Varmint Loads [Re: mad_mike] #7834521
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100 gr Hornady interlocks, maybe 103 gr ELD-Xs.
Heavier bullet, less expansion, smaller holes ?

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