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    .243 uses

    So what's your go to bullet for deer in a Tikka .243

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    95gr SST or 100Gr SGK or Prohunter.
    With a stout charge or 2209
    Prohunter's and SST for bush, Gamekings for open country.
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    Depends on the species and size of the deer: for fallow, 100 gr. hollowpoints (tiny hollowpoint)from Belmont, red deer 150 gr. .308 SPs!!

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    .243 for reds and fallow was thinking SST or ELDX

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    85 gr Sierra GameKing
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    Not a Tikka, but my 243 likes
    90gr ELD-X
    85gr Gameking
    100gr Prohunter

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    Awesome thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    Not a Tikka, but my 243 likes
    90gr ELD-X
    85gr Gameking
    100gr Prohunter
    But hated the 103gr ELD-X, 1:10 twist couldn't stabilise it.

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    85 tsx and imr 3031 16 inch m7
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    The write-ups on Terminal Ballistics is always a good starting point. Here's their info on the .243

    That said, lots of folks on here swear by the 95 grain Targex. I'm about to try some out myself, good to support kiwi made whenever possible

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    I use 95 grain targex. Win 760

    I have 100 grain Pro hunter to try as well

    The factory ammo I have left I use Winchester deer season xp.

    I would happily shoot goats at 400 M and deer out to 300.

    This is a howa though
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    I shot dozens with the 95 Targex - they are soft and that's why I guess they are effective on deer but they will also occasionally explode like Amax can. I had that happen on a Tahr but it was an exception and not the rule.

    The 3 bullets I have used extensively out of the 243 have been the 95 Targex, 80 grn Speer Hot Core and the 85 grn Interbond. The 85 grn Interbond was out and out the best but there was nothing wrong with the others' either. The Interbonds though are spendy and a bit hard to get to shoot.

    My last .243 was a Browning xbolt though and not a Tika.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    I shot dozens with the 95 Targex - they are soft and that's why I guess they are effective on deer but they will also occasionally explode like Amax can. I had that happen on a Tahr but it was an exception and not the rule.

    The 3 bullets I have used extensively out of the 243 have been the 95 Targex, 80 grn Speer Hot Core and the 85 grn Interbond. The 85 grn Interbond was out and out the best but there was nothing wrong with the others' either. The Interbonds though are spendy and a bit hard to get to shoot.

    My last .243 was a Browning xbolt though and not a Tika.
    Awesome thanks Tahr

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    savage 243 and 85gr gamekings
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    Quote Originally Posted by 25 /08 IMP View Post
    Awesome thanks Tahr

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    Here's that surface sort of blow up with the Targex on a Thar. About 250 yards. Still killed it though. Steep up hill and shot between the shoulder blades.

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