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I bought y first 243 Win model 70 in 1968. I have lost count on the deer I have killed with that rifle.
No worries there. My days of re-sizing brass from one cartridge to another are likely over, but I long ago learned the importance of neck-turning and checking dimensions.Statistically speaking, there are wrecked .243 Win than all other calibers combined. Most are traced to re-sized .308 Win. brass.
VERY accurate ammo can be made from re-sized brass, but be SURE of neck dimensions first and NEVER force the bolt closed on a round that's too tight.
The purpose of nitrogen is to exclude water vapor, not oxygen. That is to prevent the moisture from condensing and fogging the lenses, and from corroding the internal metal. Yes, this wine preservative ought to do that, too. I have a can of "electronics duster" from wal-( the place that doesn't sell ammo anymore) that contains fluorocarbon. It should exclude moisture, but I wouldn't trust it not to attack rubber gaskets. But, it works great to blow stray powder out of my progressive press's primer mechanism!Wondering if you could use this to purge the oxygen from inside the scope?
I love the look and feel of those low walls. Very nice.At one time, I had every Browning Low Wall. One was in .243* and at the time, I was doing a lot of shooting "sage rat" (Belding ground squirrel). I loaded up a bunch of Sierra 55 gr., which cronied out at over 4000 fps. Lots of red mist!
*equipped with a Leopold 4.5 s 14 scope, but I don't remember the model.
Nice! I bet that full stock Sako is a beautiful rifle, too. Thanks for sharing.In 2015 I anticipated a Wyoming antelope/mule deer hunt via boot leather and set out to acquire a "walking" rifle. I found a .243 Sako with a Mannlicher stock and put a 2x7x35 Leupold on it...total weight with sling and loaded is just over 8 pounds. I worked up a load using the now discontinued 90 gr Speer Deep Curl bullet ...the rifle shoots at about an inch @ 100 yards. The Wyoming trip included a buck antelope at 200+ yards and a medium sized Mule deer buck at about 250...both animals dropped at the shot. Subsequently have used the Sako in northern Wisconsin tree stands for whitetails and the longest any of them have run after the shot is about 30 yards. With reasonable placement that.243 is good for up to 200 pound deer sized critters.
How does that 105 stabilize in 1:10 twists? I remember the Speer manual listed it, but it is a pretty long bullet, and I always wondered about accuracy. I can't remember if I tried it when I had the 6MM Rem or not.Speaking of Speer bullets, as much as I like the Sierra 85 gr. B.T. - H.P. Game King bullets in all things 6mm, I still have just over 10 boxes of the Speer 105 gr. Hot-Cor Spitzer, and it is a wonderful bullet for game over 300 pounds like big mulies, black bear and elk.
In the larger cased 6mm's, the 105 gr. Speer makes for an excellent long range sheep bullet, and like everything else, with proper bullet placement, 1-shot is all you need!
It is a long bullet, but I have always had good luck shooting it in rifles with a 1-10" twist rate.How does that 105 stabilize in 1:10 twists? I remember the Speer manual listed it, but it is a pretty long bullet, and I always wondered about accuracy. I can't remember if I tried it when I had the 6MM Rem or not.
As the title says, I'd like to hear your .243 hunting stories. Include as much detail as you can about bullet selection and performance, blood trails, etc. I want to to hear it all, good and bad.
For the record, I have a .243 now, and I've shot a few deer and pronghorn with it. I'm considering just using it for my main rifle at this point. I have had to thin the stable, and I don't have much to work with any more.
So please, let fly! Thanks guys.