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What is the best 243 bullet for whitetail?

Question by Drew McClure. Uploaded on February 17, 2011

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

100 grain core locks

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from casey11 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

nah. federal 100 grains

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Any Hornady BTHP, or Federal BTHP fans?

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Many years ago, the 100 grain bullets failed to expand on deer because the ammo manufacturers had been testing them out of 26 inch barrels and got good results.
But in the real world, hunters were not getting the velocities needed for expansion. Many hunters used the 80 grain bullets instead, and got satisfactory results.
Modern bullet construction and more realistic testing has brought about much better performance in the 100 grain bullets.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

The Federal Premium loads with the 100 grain Nosler Partition and 85 grain Barnes TSX would be my choices. Both those bullets are available for reloading as well.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My only experience is with the 85 grain Barnes TSX. It seems to perform well on deer.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

To quote Ron White " if you can find a bullet with head lights and a blaring horn you have a dead deer".

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Are you going to stand dar or you going to shoot?

55 grain soft point in my 22-250 work fantastic!

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I agree with Beekeeper, 100 grain nosler partition is your best choice. John Nosler invented the partition in 1946 after a faild moose hunt.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

crack me up!

What's the best bullet is like asking the definition of is, is!

Talk to some people on this blog, what's the best rifle and they will have you convinced you need something like this,

http://www.outdoorlife.com/files/imagecache/photo-single-upscale/photo/3...

So what is the best 243 bullet for whitetail? First of all, it all depends on how confident you feel and your ability to shoot "MOP" at a given range. If you feel you require Federal Premium loads with the 100 grain Nosler Partition and 85 grain Barnes TSX is your best bet and want to spend more money than you really need to, go for it. But the bottom line is, Remington 100 grain core locks will knockem just as dead as any other bullet!

Damn, you guys make it sound like deer are large and as dangerous as Water Buffalo and bullet proof too!

What one lacks in ability, makes it up in fire power! But a miss is still a miss and a air ball is still an air ball even with a bigger ball. NO GOAL!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Hey Bee, need to buy 308 Armor Piercing Incendiary for the whitetails you hunt!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

AJMcClure by the way, I would discourage anyone using Nosler Partition, Barnes TSX or any other bullet that is prone to ricochet on farmland and areas where other people or livestock are.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Clay, where is the study that shows one type of hunting bullet is more prone to ricochet than another? That sounds like great information to have.

In my view, the cartridge cost is a very small fraction of the overall cost of hunting so I say use a premium bullet whenever you can.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

PigHunter good question glad you asked!

I’ve witnessed a many Partitions and Barnes strike the ground and in the distance see another cloud or two of dust and debris kick up. Remember, these bullets are designed not to blow up and will ricochet just like a full metal jacketed bullet.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

90% of my hunting is on Farmland and I must use ammunition that is suitable for that environment.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sierra Pro Hunter or Gameking 100 grain work great, as well as Sierra 85 BTHP in wheelhouse.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sierra? scary, want to know why?

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My Buddy and I were talking the other day. 50 years ago we killed almost everything in the world with Sierra bullets before someone told us we couldn't kill anything with them. Imagine that.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

LOL!

O' we had some interesting happenings with Sierra in Alaska shooting Caribou etc, one hole going in and two going out!

Hey, double tapping your game with one shot, YA'BUDDY!

If it works, don't fix the XXXX thing, RIGHT!

One thing for sure, they are accurate!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sarge01 PS, NO JOKE! LOL!!!

O' do I remember those days I do!

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I know that I am not alone in that I still hunt with with my "Youth" gun 243, and the gun has taken loads of deer, with that said some run off, and with a very weak blood trail I feel that it is a good caliber to ask about premium bullets because of its smaller size and need for a healthy combination of expansion and penetration. I received some 100 grain Rem. core-locts as a gift and after reading reviews I felt like many hunters, based on experience, liked the Federal and Hornady BTHP 85,87? grain so I may target shoot the core-locts and buy some Hornady's, or Federals. If I ricochet and kill a rogue cow I can really put my boning knife and winch to the test. The "hobby" ranchers could care less about losing a cow that won't stay behind their fence, they are all about oil and gas royalties, and not getting out and bringing their missing cows back.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My youth gun was a .30-30 and a .308 Winchester. I only shoot big deer, so I find the .243 to be a little light in the deer killing department. A .257 Roberts with a 100 gr Barnes TTSX, a 110 gr Accubond or a 120 grain Nosler Partition is about as light as I go. I like a little heavier bullet for shooting in windy conditions at longer ranges, but to each his own.

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from platte river rat wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I loaded a 105gr Speer 243win. for my wife's Remington model 600 for over forty years.--use Federal210M primers---Win brass--H-4831-- she has put 46 mule deer in the freezer with this rife and load. Never had to track any of them, because they were all down within 5 yards. She never shoots over 150 yard,but this little gun is magic for her. This is a no BS load for someone who can wait for 150 yards or under.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

The Federal Premium loads with the 100 grain Nosler Partition and 85 grain Barnes TSX would be my choices. Both those bullets are available for reloading as well.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Clay, where is the study that shows one type of hunting bullet is more prone to ricochet than another? That sounds like great information to have.

In my view, the cartridge cost is a very small fraction of the overall cost of hunting so I say use a premium bullet whenever you can.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My only experience is with the 85 grain Barnes TSX. It seems to perform well on deer.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

AJMcClure by the way, I would discourage anyone using Nosler Partition, Barnes TSX or any other bullet that is prone to ricochet on farmland and areas where other people or livestock are.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My Buddy and I were talking the other day. 50 years ago we killed almost everything in the world with Sierra bullets before someone told us we couldn't kill anything with them. Imagine that.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

100 grain core locks

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Many years ago, the 100 grain bullets failed to expand on deer because the ammo manufacturers had been testing them out of 26 inch barrels and got good results.
But in the real world, hunters were not getting the velocities needed for expansion. Many hunters used the 80 grain bullets instead, and got satisfactory results.
Modern bullet construction and more realistic testing has brought about much better performance in the 100 grain bullets.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

To quote Ron White " if you can find a bullet with head lights and a blaring horn you have a dead deer".

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from clintsurber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I agree with Beekeeper, 100 grain nosler partition is your best choice. John Nosler invented the partition in 1946 after a faild moose hunt.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Hey Bee, need to buy 308 Armor Piercing Incendiary for the whitetails you hunt!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

PigHunter good question glad you asked!

I’ve witnessed a many Partitions and Barnes strike the ground and in the distance see another cloud or two of dust and debris kick up. Remember, these bullets are designed not to blow up and will ricochet just like a full metal jacketed bullet.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sierra Pro Hunter or Gameking 100 grain work great, as well as Sierra 85 BTHP in wheelhouse.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from casey11 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

nah. federal 100 grains

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Any Hornady BTHP, or Federal BTHP fans?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Are you going to stand dar or you going to shoot?

55 grain soft point in my 22-250 work fantastic!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

crack me up!

What's the best bullet is like asking the definition of is, is!

Talk to some people on this blog, what's the best rifle and they will have you convinced you need something like this,

http://www.outdoorlife.com/files/imagecache/photo-single-upscale/photo/3...

So what is the best 243 bullet for whitetail? First of all, it all depends on how confident you feel and your ability to shoot "MOP" at a given range. If you feel you require Federal Premium loads with the 100 grain Nosler Partition and 85 grain Barnes TSX is your best bet and want to spend more money than you really need to, go for it. But the bottom line is, Remington 100 grain core locks will knockem just as dead as any other bullet!

Damn, you guys make it sound like deer are large and as dangerous as Water Buffalo and bullet proof too!

What one lacks in ability, makes it up in fire power! But a miss is still a miss and a air ball is still an air ball even with a bigger ball. NO GOAL!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

90% of my hunting is on Farmland and I must use ammunition that is suitable for that environment.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sierra? scary, want to know why?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

LOL!

O' we had some interesting happenings with Sierra in Alaska shooting Caribou etc, one hole going in and two going out!

Hey, double tapping your game with one shot, YA'BUDDY!

If it works, don't fix the XXXX thing, RIGHT!

One thing for sure, they are accurate!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Sarge01 PS, NO JOKE! LOL!!!

O' do I remember those days I do!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

My youth gun was a .30-30 and a .308 Winchester. I only shoot big deer, so I find the .243 to be a little light in the deer killing department. A .257 Roberts with a 100 gr Barnes TTSX, a 110 gr Accubond or a 120 grain Nosler Partition is about as light as I go. I like a little heavier bullet for shooting in windy conditions at longer ranges, but to each his own.

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from platte river rat wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I loaded a 105gr Speer 243win. for my wife's Remington model 600 for over forty years.--use Federal210M primers---Win brass--H-4831-- she has put 46 mule deer in the freezer with this rife and load. Never had to track any of them, because they were all down within 5 yards. She never shoots over 150 yard,but this little gun is magic for her. This is a no BS load for someone who can wait for 150 yards or under.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I know that I am not alone in that I still hunt with with my "Youth" gun 243, and the gun has taken loads of deer, with that said some run off, and with a very weak blood trail I feel that it is a good caliber to ask about premium bullets because of its smaller size and need for a healthy combination of expansion and penetration. I received some 100 grain Rem. core-locts as a gift and after reading reviews I felt like many hunters, based on experience, liked the Federal and Hornady BTHP 85,87? grain so I may target shoot the core-locts and buy some Hornady's, or Federals. If I ricochet and kill a rogue cow I can really put my boning knife and winch to the test. The "hobby" ranchers could care less about losing a cow that won't stay behind their fence, they are all about oil and gas royalties, and not getting out and bringing their missing cows back.

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