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Question by Drew McClure. Uploaded on August 04, 2011
For us whitetail are an invasive species still, and I don't hunt them. We do hunt pronghorn antelope that are about the same size, though, and my wife shoots a .243. So far she is going with a Remington Core-lok in 80 grain. If we find a need to go top shelf for better performance we would look at a Federal premium loading using a Nosler Balistic Tip.
whatever your rifle shoots best. some work best with remington core-lok and some work best with nosler or barnes. shoot the rifle and see which one it likes best.
My A-bolt has shot everything well. Superformance GMX bullets will not disintegrate, but will only expand 2x which nit much on an 80 grain 243 bullet. Reviewers like Hornady's BTHP and many report nice exit holes.
I have 2 .243's, a ruger m77 and an H&R youth gun. Those guns have harvested a bunch of whitetails using Remington Cor-Loks in 100 grain. Bought some Federals on sale this spring, hope they shoot as good.
My wife uses the 85 grain Barnes TSX Federal Premium load. Last December she killed her first whitetail with that load using her H&R youth gun.
Since when did deer start growing ballistic fur?
Yur cracking me up crusty.
Clay, I don't understand your point. Are you making a jab at my mention of a premium load? We also have feral pigs in some of the places we hunt deer. I figure on a large pig's shoulder the 85 grain Barnes TSX will hold together better and have deeper penetration than a 100 grain Core-Lok.
Never heard of a good deer load for a .243 Win????
Superformance by far.
Remington core lokt
I have been using the remington core-lok 100 grain psp bullet for years in my 700 remington. I have also had excellent results with the federal premium with the 100 grain nosler partition bullet.
BTHP? Big game + hollow points + high velocity = bad news.
A 100 grain Core-Lokt is a good basic load at a low price. Any premium ammo made for big game would be great.
The 85 grain TSX is a good one, I would go with 95-100 grains with any other bullets. TSXs penetrate better than just about any other common hunting bullet so you can afford to lighten up a little.
Any 100 grain .243 bullet will be highly effective if it hits a vital zone. Take the bullet that shoots well in your rifle. You certainly do not need to pay top dollar for a premium bullet. I have taken a lot with the Hornady bullets because they were inexpensive and allowed me to practice a lot to get very familiar with my rifle. They penetrate lengthwise through deer so penetration is never a problem with any 100 grain. Bullets smaller than 100 do too much damage to meat in my opinion. My hunting buddy actually cut a whitetail in half with a 90g .243 spine shot. I was shocked to see the rear half going left and the front half going right after his shot.
100 grain corelocts do not expand enough to leave a visible blood trail, I actually have preferred 80 grains and have had 50%+ pass throughs. On another note Win. silvertips do not leave very big exits holes and little blood trails. Reviewers of Hornady and Federal's BTHP liked the bullets and reported good penetration despite lethal expansion even on caribou. The 243 is an ethical deer caliber and is a perfect marginal caliber to benefit from premium ammo. I have time so I can be picky, but superformance is currently in the lead for the best whitetail 243 bullet. Cheers to those that would rather take advantage of premium offerings and stick with a flat shooting no kick proven killing tool.
I agree with your statement that it "is a perfect marginal caliber".
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