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Thread: .308 ammo for Sika, Sako powerhead 2, federal fusion or browning bxc

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    Ended up using Sako powerhead 2 - 168gr Barnes TTSX projectiles on the smaller 7 and
    Browning BXC controlled expansion - 168gr bonded core projectiles on my 8 pointer
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    I will be taking my 243 with some handloads for sika next year hopefully if all goes to plan

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    Nice looking 8 ��

    Haven’t taken my 243 out after Sika yet but I’ve got no doubt it would be very effective

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    I managed to pick up a 90% condition Winchester model 70 carbine in 243 for 350$ after i got back from my month hunting sika to good a deal to not hit the buy now. Was perfect timing as i came away feeling overgunned.

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    The 243 will work well , we have used them a lot over the years. We have found the 80- 85 gr bullets good on most deer. Of late I have started using up to 95 gr bullets as my current 243 doesn't seem to like the lighter ones much. Haven't shot to much with them but I am sure they will do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    The 243 will work well , we have used them a lot over the years. We have found the 80- 85 gr bullets good on most deer. Of late I have started using up to 95 gr bullets as my current 243 doesn't seem to like the lighter ones much. Haven't shot to much with them but I am sure they will do the job.
    Sounds good ill be getting into reloading pretty soon and am looking up loads think a nosler partition at 3300fps will be the ticket

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    We have used and still do the 85 noslar partition on reds ,Sika, sambar, Tahr and they work well. Our loads run at about 3100 fps.
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    I’ve found the 95gr fusion to be very good but they’re not available to reloaders. The 95gr partition would be just as good. My theory is to use a reasonably heavy soft point with the 243 to give good penetration. A 1:10 twist should stabilise a 100gr soft point but won’t stabilise the high BC pills of 103gr or heavier. But who gives a shit, a decent cup and core is all you need most of the time

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    I have shot quite a few sika with a 243 and 3006 (and a few other calibers as well). Always used 100 grain Hornady BTSP at about 2900-3000 fps in the 243. They have always been dead on the spot.
    Using 150 Hornady BTSP projectiles at about 27-2800 fps in the 06, unless you smash their structure, they often run a little way before dying. A lot of the energy must exit with the projectile. Where as all the 243 energy stays in the animal.
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    Overkill is still dead.

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    Having hunted sika a fair bit with the .308 I've found 150s to work better than 165/180. 130gr ttsx by far was the best especially in the roar, the only load to completely 'stop' a sika in its tracks everytime. I reckon they're the toughest deer to put down even more so than Sambar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwigreen View Post
    Having hunted sika a fair bit with the .308 I've found 150s to work better than 165/180. 130gr ttsx by far was the best especially in the roar, the only load to completely 'stop' a sika in its tracks everytime. I reckon they're the toughest deer to put down even more so than Sambar.
    Why do you reckon the 150s work better than the 165s? Speed thing? Would explain why the 130ttsx go so well

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    Can get some good velocity with 80gr ttsx in the 243 and im familiar with them in 308 and they punch through anything pretty much

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwigreen View Post
    Having hunted sika a fair bit with the .308 I've found 150s to work better than 165/180. 130gr ttsx by far was the best especially in the roar, the only load to completely 'stop' a sika in its tracks everytime. I reckon they're the toughest deer to put down even more so than Sambar.
    Sika are a pretty light boned species, I wonder if the 165s & 180s were “penciling” to some extent due to their construction and the reduced velocities? Whereas a relatively fast 150 with a thin jacket will generally sack them if they’re hit in the right spot; that was certainly my experience with the 150sst superformance load
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    Yeah 165gr going too slow out of an 18" barrel for them to open up. Sika need speed i reckon, they don't give up the ghost as easily as reds. The 130ttsx @3k did the best job on them bush hunting. Always thought the 110ttsx would be the ultimate load for sika.

 

 

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