Successful load development in my .243

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Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:16 pm

After some trial and error, I think I have the magic hunting load for my Savage Model 10 chambered in .243 Winchester.

I came home tonight with an urge to shoot and produced this 3 shot group at my 100 yard range.

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Bring on the coyotes....
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:57 am

Sweet...................

I love slow accurate loads. Easy on the barrel,less noise and easy on the shoulder.

Don't know if you will ever try the old H380, the newer Varget or the brand new imr 8208xbr but these were made for low velosity target loads for those that wanted accuracy ,not speed but they will also give near max speed if called for, but I don't see the need until you run out of powder, thats a fine looking group you got on that target.

Hodgdon data has 4.57 grs of your powder at 3544fps but if tested with a chrony you might really get around 3450fps,which
is still a great velosity for "Yotes". I also noticed it was the only powder to (C) have a compressed charge of powder. This is a good thing. Means that you can NEVER load to much powder with a 60 grain bullet ,to go past safe pressures.

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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:56 am

Nice group. :thumbsup:

I could never get an accurate load out of my 243 so I sold it but really liked the rifle and the light recoil. Was looking at them again for varmints but am on the fence between the 243 and the 7mm-08. both are good dual purpose rifles and both are easy on the shoulder. When I make up my mind I will try the 4007 SSC powder being that it is good for use in both rounds.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby derbyacresbob » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:25 am

waterfowlhunter wrote:Nice group. :thumbsup:

I could never get an accurate load out of my 243 so I sold it but really liked the rifle and the light recoil. Was looking at them again for varmints but am on the fence between the 243 and the 7mm-08. both are good dual purpose rifles and both are easy on the shoulder. When I make up my mind I will try the 4007 SSC powder being that it is good for use in both rounds.


If you are on the fence between a 243 and a 7mm-08 then you need to get a 260 Rem LOL!


That is a great group in that picture!
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby Sagebrush » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:40 am

or a 257 Roberts, maybe a 250/3000 Savage............................ Hello !!

Just because they came out in 1914 does not mean anything,does it?

I have to agee that the 6mm is a heck of a round from anything from mice up to deer sized animals
and a GREAT rifle for the wife and kids inthe family,if they shoot or hunt.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:49 am

Sagebrush wrote:or a 257 Roberts, maybe a 250/3000 Savage............................ Hello !!

Just because they came out in 1914 does not mean anything,does it?

I have to agee that the 6mm is a heck of a round from anything from mice up to deer sized animals
and a GREAT rifle for the wife and kids inthe family,if they shoot or hunt.



I could have picked up a used browning A-bolt in 260 for $400 but it had a youth stock on it so I passed. I know the
stock is easily replaced but I have always had a craving for a 7mm-08 and save the brass every time I find it at the range. My wife tells me that I have too many guns already So I will just keep shooting what I have for now. :bow:
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:20 pm

I forgot what a great group this was....
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby ajmorell » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:08 am

Have you been able to reproduce it?
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:30 am

Yes.

That particular Savage 10 has always produced really good groups.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby ajmorell » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:03 am

Sweet...that's what really matters
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby 3200 man » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am

When my Sako L57 was a 243 cal it would shoot some tight groups too but , now it's a 6.5 /284 and the big game I've shot
with it only took 1 shot to put them on the ground (Mule Deer and Elk ) .
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby ctdeathfrombelow » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:44 am

The 6.5 offerings are greatly underestimated
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:22 am

I normally use this rifle for coyote hunting...it does a great job on late season long distance dogs.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby 3200 man » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:18 pm

When my Sako was a 243 , I used 75 gr Sierria hp's , 39 dogs one year , with holes the size of baseballs !

FLAT SHOOTING IT WAS !
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:55 am

I have shot a lot of rifles in my days and have always been attracted to the data and information of one of the old standards from Europe. Probably will never own or shoot one now but for hand loaders the 7x57 Mauser is like a light 30-06.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby 3200 man » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:56 am

SAGE

Funny that you mentioned that caliber , reading PO Ackley's books , I've always been attracted to a 270/08 .

With it's efficientcy ( powder to Bullet weight ) with reasonable velocity for most North American game , it always looked good ?

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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:15 am

To each their own.
My .243 does a great job, the 6mm bullet coefficient is really good in the windy areas I hunt.
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby 3200 man » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:54 pm

:thumbsup: I agree but those 75's really popped a hole !
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby Sagebrush » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:54 am

With all my years of reloading for rifles, it is strange how one type of bullet gets the "YES" from your rifle
and just flat out shoots all the other weights and styles.
Naturally the type of powder or primer might have some thing to do with this but it sure is nice, if you
find this "Super load" that..................

puts all those bullets into a little teeny weeny hole !!

Like the picture above........... that's a keeper. :yes:
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Re: Successful load development in my .243

Postby TomKat » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:28 pm

Sagebrush wrote:With all my years of reloading for rifles, it is strange how one type of bullet gets the "YES" from your rifle
and just flat out shoots all the other weights and styles.
Naturally the type of powder or primer might have some thing to do with this but it sure is nice, if you
find this "Super load" that..................

puts all those bullets into a little teeny weeny hole !!

Like the picture above........... that's a keeper. :yes:


When you get that SPECIAL group or rifle, you get a confidence in it that is hard to shake.
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