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Any recommendations on a good 243win factory load for deer?

Question by lowndes co. Uploaded on October 03, 2011

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My wife shoots Remington Core-lokt 80 grain in her .243.

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from bowhuntercvv wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I am fairly young and a new hunter but my dad set me up with the winchester ballistic silver tips 95gr they put a big old eight in the back of the truck

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I like the 100 grain Winchester Powerpoints. They are cheap and they work well outta my fiance's .243. I have also shot the Hornady 95 grain SSTs as well.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

The Fusion is a good load from what I read. If I was looking a factory load that is probably what I would use.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

We use the Federal Premium loading with the Barnes 85 grain TSX bullet.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

That's an oxymoron.

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from 1Browning2 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

hornady 100 gr BTSP tip have worked will for me and my dad.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

RES1956, have you ever shot a deer with a .243 Winchester? It seems like you criticize, but I think if you had actually shot a deer with a good load you might think differently.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

All good suggestions but I am with Pighunter, I like the Federal loading with the Barnes 85gr bullet.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I go heavy with my deer rifles. 100 gr.'s in my .243, 150's in my .270.

It depends on your gun, but both my .243's like Remington Cor loks, and they're cheap. They put deer down very well too, so I've never changed or tried a different brand.

My .270 loves Winchester Super-X's, but I got a bunch of Federals on clearance last year, so I'll be trying those out in a few weeks.

What I love is that all my deer rifles shoot the "cheap" factory loads very well, or at least well enough for me, and if they ARE a 1/2" off when I shoot a deer at 200 yds., well.... I can live with that rather that spending 2 or 3 times as much for the "premium" loads. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm cheap, but don't be afraid to try the cheap stuff because it may suprise you.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I use Rem/Core-lokt 100gr in my Win Mod/100-243 and Hornady 100Gr sst-LM in my Win Mod/70-243= all one shot stops for the past 26yr...and used my 7mm/08 139gr sst/LM for the last 28yr, all one shot stops.
I dont shoot at runing Deer = Bullit placement.

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I shoot 75 grain hornady hollow points through my .243. They shoot great and I have killed coyotes, bobcats, and deer with them. They are small enough to keep pelt damage to a minimum, but have enough energy to really 'whop' a deer. Shot a big 12 point last season, dropped him on the spot.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

RES1956

Sort of like Jumbo Shrimp......

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

All good suggestions but I am with Pighunter, I like the Federal loading with the Barnes 85gr bullet.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I like the 100 grain Winchester Powerpoints. They are cheap and they work well outta my fiance's .243. I have also shot the Hornady 95 grain SSTs as well.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

That's an oxymoron.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

We use the Federal Premium loading with the Barnes 85 grain TSX bullet.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

RES1956

Sort of like Jumbo Shrimp......

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from jbird wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I go heavy with my deer rifles. 100 gr.'s in my .243, 150's in my .270.

It depends on your gun, but both my .243's like Remington Cor loks, and they're cheap. They put deer down very well too, so I've never changed or tried a different brand.

My .270 loves Winchester Super-X's, but I got a bunch of Federals on clearance last year, so I'll be trying those out in a few weeks.

What I love is that all my deer rifles shoot the "cheap" factory loads very well, or at least well enough for me, and if they ARE a 1/2" off when I shoot a deer at 200 yds., well.... I can live with that rather that spending 2 or 3 times as much for the "premium" loads. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm cheap, but don't be afraid to try the cheap stuff because it may suprise you.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I use Rem/Core-lokt 100gr in my Win Mod/100-243 and Hornady 100Gr sst-LM in my Win Mod/70-243= all one shot stops for the past 26yr...and used my 7mm/08 139gr sst/LM for the last 28yr, all one shot stops.
I dont shoot at runing Deer = Bullit placement.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My wife shoots Remington Core-lokt 80 grain in her .243.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

The Fusion is a good load from what I read. If I was looking a factory load that is probably what I would use.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

RES1956, have you ever shot a deer with a .243 Winchester? It seems like you criticize, but I think if you had actually shot a deer with a good load you might think differently.

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from 1Browning2 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

hornady 100 gr BTSP tip have worked will for me and my dad.

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from bowhuntercvv wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I am fairly young and a new hunter but my dad set me up with the winchester ballistic silver tips 95gr they put a big old eight in the back of the truck

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I shoot 75 grain hornady hollow points through my .243. They shoot great and I have killed coyotes, bobcats, and deer with them. They are small enough to keep pelt damage to a minimum, but have enough energy to really 'whop' a deer. Shot a big 12 point last season, dropped him on the spot.

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