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    My second 243 is a 700 clone with 24" trueflit #3 barrel, 1:8 twist.
    in this I have loaded the following;
    Berger 87gr VLD hunting, Lapua brass CCI 200 primer & 42 gr W760 (H414). Have tested it with up to 43 gr. No velocity numbers sorry. This round has taken Fallow out to 260 mtr and Tahr at 230 mtr but I would not recomend it for Tahr. Was forced to use it due to an accuracy issue.
    Berger 105 gr LDV Hunting, Lapua brass CCI 200 Primer & 46 gr of Win 780 Supreme for a crono'ed 3020 fps. Did work up to 47 gr.

    Please note this is a very strong custom action and I used an over length COA with the 105.

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    Re bullet performance.
    the 75 gr Hornady is really a varmint round and is very distructive on goats at the shorter ranges I used it at.

    58 gr Vmax at reduced velocity is a great goat round for short range shooting. Leaves aprox 1" exit. Does not exploded as it would at high velocities.
    I can get 5 aimed rounds away while my bolt action mates get 2 away.
    87 gr Berger VLD Hunting. Great on goats and fallow deer. Lots of destruction on cross body or quartering shots. performs just as they say it does. The base 40% of the projectile will exit depending upon range and body size. Have taken Red hinds with this round but thats probably close to the max I would recomend. Have shot a Tahr with one at 230 mtr recoverd bulled. Entered through rib, tore up spine and came to rest under skin of opposite side
    105 gr Berger VLD Hunting. To date I have not got them to group. Even on large goats out to 200 metres they are too much bullet. Quartering entry through chest and large 6" exit though gut taking a large portion with it. Definity more suited to a Red deer sized animal.
    Zane
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeRei View Post
    Read Graeme Sturgeon's book. This pill tried and proven in the battleground meat hunting in the NW Ruahines.
    @TeRei Is that The Hunters and the Hunted?
    Looks pretty hard to find

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    @ZQLewis thanks for your input on the VLD style 6mm projectiles, I suspect you can't group the 105's as they might require a 1:7 twist? Have you tried the 95gr Berger's at all?
    @winaa it's not cheap, but it's there
    http://www.halcyonpublishing.co.nz/h...he-hunted.html

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    Hi Timmay,
    According to Berger the 105 should be ok with a 1:8 twist.
    I have loaded the 105 down to 1040 fps subsonic and they hit the target straight.
    Ps at 30-100 mtr when they hit a goat they tumble and make a mess.

    Have not tried the 95's but have ordered some 108 ELD match to have a play with.
    Zane
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    Did some "Kiwi DIY" in my Rem700 BDM… went from 1.5" to this…
    A can of "Lift+" and some "shims" cut from it and some improvement… Ammo is Winchester 100gr Factory at 100yds…


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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimySquirrel View Post
    Mate, looks like it will certainly kill things!!

    Might be worth giving the Sierra 85 a go too... I know Doubleshot waxes lyrical about them.....
    They are all MOD at 100 yards !
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    I haven't used the serria 85 gr game King since I started reloading but I used to buy some federal loaded with them and would recommend them everyday. They have a great reputation..

    Ps great groups of 4 shoots for factory hunting ammo.
    Zane
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    Quote Originally Posted by winaa View Post
    @TeRei Is that The Hunters and the Hunted?
    Looks pretty hard to find
    Yes.

 

 

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