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    243 ammo advice

    Recently purchased a tikka hunter 243, havent yet put any rounds through it yet. Reccomended ammo to run through it? Will be used for all game goats pigs fallow reds etc.cheers

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    I run Hornady 95g SST's through my Stevens 243. Laser accurate if I do my part right.

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    Sweet mate, 80gr SSTs be alright?

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    85 grn inter bonds are the shiz in my bruno
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    the "cheap" 80 or 100 gn sp ammo like Federal powershock is hard to beat for hunting out to 200 yds

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    95 grn federal fusion is good value and its a bonded bullet.
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    I've had luck with 80 grn Federal.

    I have used Fusion in a .270wsm and it was very good.

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    I've tried a few of the cheaper brands and weights. PPU was bad and the brass was irregular on the second loading. The remington 80gn went ok, the brass was better on the reload. Winchester 100gn went everywhere so I won't use those in a 1:10 twist barrel again. Their 80gn went much better. Haven't tried the reloads yet but the primer pockets and case mouths are more consistant so I'm thinking they'll be similar in performance to the remington brass

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    Mine shoots goot with 100gn Corelocts.

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    Found Geco 105s and 87s went very good in my old Winchester, tried quite didn't like PPU, with the rest falling in between

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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    the "cheap" 80 or 100 gn sp ammo like Federal powershock is hard to beat for hunting out to 200 yds
    As most know i love the 243, its my go to rifle and honestly the Fed powershoks in 100gr are awesome for bush hunting, out to 250m. I havnt lost one animal yet with these and shot plenty of deer, pigs , goats.
    They are as good as you going to get, cheap, work as good as anything, prob better as dead is dead. Work great on big stags, the 243 and 100 gr powershoks is y roar rifle even thou i have a 308 as well.
    Of course your rifle has to like them otherwise take up the other advice but im never changing ammo in my 243. Anywhere in the shoulder, chest region and the powershok will drop it. Not sure how good the 80gr are, never tried them but the 100gr is the bomb

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    Quote Originally Posted by deer243 View Post
    As most know i love the 243, its my go to rifle and honestly the Fed powershoks in 100gr are awesome for bush hunting, out to 250m. I havnt lost one animal yet with these and shot plenty of deer, pigs , goats.
    They are as good as you going to get, cheap, work as good as anything, prob better as dead is dead. Work great on big stags, the 243 and 100 gr powershoks is y roar rifle even thou i have a 308 as well.
    Of course your rifle has to like them otherwise take up the other advice but im never changing ammo in my 243. Anywhere in the shoulder, chest region and the powershok will drop it. Not sure how good the 80gr are, never tried them but the 100gr is the bomb
    Yuck. Poo-Four-Free. The three here with 1:9.25" twist seem to love the 100gn pills. From factory ammo they really like the Winchester Super-X 100gn. Handloads the Speer and Sierra boat tail spire points go extremely well and seem to perform identically ballistically.
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    Can't beat the Noslar Partition 85 gr will do a good job on most NZ game. Not sure if available as a factory round( maybe Federal do a load ) but as a hand load it's hard to better.
    Over the years I and BeeMan have used all manner of loads and factory loads in the 243 but have always liked the 80- 85 gr bullet weight especially the stronger constructed ones.
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    I use 100 gr Hornady boat tail spire point . Tried 85-87 gr of various brands and none did anything better than the 100 grainers. If you go with lighter projectiles make sure you stick to the bonded or solid copper type. Especially for big bodied animals.

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    Use 80 or 85gr Barnes for deer, always done it's bit. Prior to Barnes 87g Hornady.

 

 

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