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Old 01-28-2009, 02:20 PM
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243 win: Picked the bullets, now which powders?


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Newb reloader here with a new (to me) Remington 700 LSS 243 on the way. I'm headed to the big city this weekend to pick up some H4831 for my 280 Rem and some bullets and powder for my 243. I've selected the first 4 bullets to test, but I have no idea what powder(s) to try. I should mention that with my 280 all the loads where figured out by the previous owner, so I just mimick his stuff and have no expereince developing new loads (they are hot and accurate). Here's my test bullet list for the 243:

For coyotes:
70 gr Nosler ballisitic tip
75 gr Hornady V-max

For Deer/Antelope/hogs:
100gr Nosler Partition
100 gr Sierra Gameking
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:36 PM
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Welcome to the forum Fireroad. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

I really like H414 in my 243. I'm using Nosler 55 grain ballistic tips in mine for coyotes and push them a little over 3950 fps, but found H414 works well for most bullet weights in the 243.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:39 PM
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I shoot 41g of IMR 4064 (always duble check loads you get off the internet with a loading manual...in case of typos) under that 70g ballistic tip. This load has shot great in several rifles. I use the maximum SAMMI col and CCI LR primers.
4064 is a little quicker powder than a lot of folks use nowdays, but it has proven a good choice with the bullets I've loaded with it.
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:08 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming. Alot of folks have recomended Varget, but I hear it's next to impossable to find. I looked up the powders on hodgons site for similiar bullets and both the H414 and IMR 4064 looked impressive (the IMR had some wicked velocities across the board). I figured I would have two get two powders, one for the 70/75 gr light bullets and one for the 100s medium bullets but both look promising as dual powders.

Bob _Where is Peck, ID? I use to live in Boise and my wife is from Gooding.

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any of the 4350's are good too.
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I have loaded IMR4350 in three different .243's and one 6mm Rem with very good results, especially with 100 gr. bullets.

We use Varget for the light bullet loads.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:43 PM
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guys what's your take with reloader 22 for 100 gr or the 105 gr pills? too slow? or you just need enough barrel?
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:17 PM
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.243, 105 A-Max, 28" 8 twist, and RL-22 gave me sub-half MOA 5 shot groups at 300 yards.....sometimes

H4350 and H-4831SC were more consistent

In a sporter with 100's I have had best accuracy and excellent velocity with
H-4831SC

With 100's and Varget I have had so-so accuracy and pressure signs before I thought I should have.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:36 PM
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RL-22 for the 100grs., IMR/H 4350 for the lighter bullets.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:09 PM
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I fiddled a little with H-1000 in mine this past summer, behind 100 grainers. Not enough to really give you the unqualified thumbs-up, but I'm intrigued in general by the slower powders. In fact, I'd love to try Reloader 25 in the .243 behind the heavy bullets.

Mine didn't seem to care for H-414, but I'm going to give it another go this coming year. I had decent luck w/H-4895 in the light to medium bullets.

OBTW, Peck is generally eastward from Lewiston. Beautiful part of the state, IMO.
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Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming. Alot of folks have recomended Varget, but I hear it's next to impossable to find. I looked up the powders on hodgons site for similiar bullets and both the H414 and IMR 4064 looked impressive (the IMR had some wicked velocities across the board). I figured I would have two get two powders, one for the 70/75 gr light bullets and one for the 100s medium bullets but both look promising as dual powders.

Bob _Where is Peck, ID? I use to live in Boise and my wife is from Gooding.
I'm about 35 miles East of Lewiston a mile and a half off of Highway 12 and about 8 miles West of Orofino on the Clearwater River. Boy the guys are whacking the steelhead right now. Went to Orofino to pick up the kids from school and saw three boated in six miles of river.
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I've used IMR-3031 with good results on 55 gr Bullets, I also use a lot of H414 in my 243. The 414 is nice because it meters a lot better than the IMR powders
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well i just picked up a box of those 105 gr pro hunters from flash hole and my brother has a can of reloader 22. i had seen on hornadys site and a few others where on the longer .243 bullets they were listing re22 but didn't know if it was a powder that was listed as working or a powder under those applications that worked well and constant. my rifle is a factory ruger mark II as far as length and twist rate goes.
primer choice for that powder too? and why do i think this all might get moved to the reloading forum?
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For primers I have always been a CCI man. Back when I got into reloading, they were just down the road. I was also a Speer man for bullets, so I used their manual. They basically always use magnum primers behind ball powders (like H-414), so that's what I use. These days I still usually use CCI and Speer, though I've started using Federal primers. I don't see a practical difference between primer brands in my usage. I rarely or never shoot off a bench and I don't have a mechanical rest.

Honestly, don't worry much about what primer you use right now. Just standard primers of any brand will work fine unless it's really cold.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:38 AM
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I am with Smokey262, I have used H4831 with excellent results since I bought the rifle in 1968. I have currently started using H4831SC with even better results with 100 gr bullets. Your little 243 will be one of your favorite rifles. I killed a lot of deer with it but now mainly use it for varmint hunting. Lots of good powder choices.
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I'm about 35 miles East of Lewiston a mile and a half off of Highway 12 and about 8 miles West of Orofino on the Clearwater River. Boy the guys are whacking the steelhead right now. Went to Orofino to pick up the kids from school and saw three boated in six miles of river.
That makes sense now, a good friend of mine retired from the Forest Service in Orofino and lives in Nezperce so we have driven past Peck on the way to Lewiston. God I miss steelhead!


So some of the primer talk has me confused...for the 243 win should I be using the regular large rifle primers or the magnum large rifle primers? As for brand it's pretty much get what ever you can get your hands on in these parts...I picked a bad time to start reloading
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I like 4350 and am looking to find some Varget loads. My .204 loves it. Welocme to the world of handloading.
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Varget for the light bullets and h-4831 for the 100 grainers. Use regular large rifle primers. Dave

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Old 04-29-2009, 06:12 PM
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70 grain ballistic tip varget is tough to beat shoots the same at 90degs or 30deg f
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My vote is for H-380 for light bullets, H-414 for heavy bullets in 243 Win. Many manuals won't show loads for these powders, but do a bit of searching and you'll find them. These are spherical powders that flow nicely and perform well in my environment. I use std CCI 200 primers and have settled on the 58 gr Hornady Vmax for varmints, and 85 or 95 gr Nosler partitions for deer loads (for others; have only shot my 243 towards varmints).
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