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    Question .243 Win barrel twist rates and bullet weights.

    I recieved a Rossi single shot in .243 for a gift this year. Research shows it has a 1:10 twist. More research shows that is better for the lighter weight bullets, under 90 gr. I will probably be hunting deer with it this fall. Again, my findings suggest bullets over 100 gr for deer.

    I have shot 100 gr Federal sp at 50 yards with good results but haven't stretched them out to 100 yds yet.

    I have a box of Federal Fusion 95 gr I need to try also. The box says they are good for deer.

    So I guess I'm asking about the lighest bullet weight for deer in .243 Win? Max range for this bullet if I do my part?

    I will head to the range soon and test all ammo I have for accuracy but would like to hear your experiences first.

    I am basically a n00b when it comes to high power rifle hunting. Previous deer hunting has always been a 12 gauge so any info will help.

    Thanks.


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    I have been using 80gr HPBTs since 89 with mine. I've made a clean kill on a Muley at well over 400 in Colorado and a couple over 300.
    I know my rifle. IF I can see it... I can hit it.
    You're looking at a great round. Very fast and flat. Speed Kills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmileharry View Post
    I have been using 80gr HPBTs since 89 with mine. I've made a clean kill on a Muley at well over 400 in Colorado and a couple over 300.
    I know my rifle. IF I can see it... I can hit it.
    You're looking at a great round. Very fast and flat. Speed Kills.
    Are these factory or hand loads?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtanker View Post
    Are these factory or hand loads?
    Hand loads but it shot ALMOST as tight with Federal Premium in the same weight.
    34 gr 4064 CCI primers on once fired Federal Premium. Light end of the scale load. Old Lee cup loader system.
    That load was recommended in an OLD reloading manual I had. It's the first load I worked up for accuracy and hunting. It shot so well I didn't experiment any farther with the loads.
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    Here are my first groups with the 100 gr Federal softpoints @50 yards.



    (This is the first Imgur upload for me too)
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmileharry View Post
    Hand loads but it shot ALMOST as tight with Federal Premium in the same weight.
    34 gr 4064 CCI primers on once fired Federal Premium. Light end of the scale load. Old Lee cup loader system.
    That load was recommended in an OLD reloading manual I had. It's the first load I worked up for accuracy and hunting. It shot so well I didn't experiment any farther with the loads.
    What rifle are you using and what is the twist rate of the barrel?


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    I have a 1989 Model 70 featherweight 1 in 9 twist, laminated stock, out of the box stock rifle other than a very old Simmons Presidential 6.5x24x50.
    I also have a Savage 110 I bought from an INGO buddy and it's not as accurate as the old Winchester. I think it's a 1 in 9 1/4 or something weird. I dont' think the rifle ever shot extremely well. I tried various ammo in it and never got better than 1 5/8" 5 shot groups at 100yds. And yes, I tinkered with all the little tried and true tweaks.
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    My stepdad won a Rossi .243 at the VFW shoot at Roush today. He immediately handed it to me. I have no idea about .243 other than where to buy ammo. Any pointers? It also came with a bushnell 4-12x40 on top. I'm pretty stoked. It also has a bull barrel.

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    B T, I am no expert, but I don't think, that 5 gr., of bullet weight, will matter .....

    Bullet construction, is most important, I think .....

    If the groups, you shot are around 1", then go to 100 yards, and try again .....

    JMHO, as good as you are with a handgun, if the groups, are around 2", you should be ok .....

    JMHO ..... YMMV .....
    I shoot slow, and hit every time!!!!!

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    https://www.federalpremium.com/ammun...-rifle/f243fs1

    This is what I kinda plan on using. I still have to get the rifle back to the range and see what I can do with it. I haven't spent much time behind the rifle yet, maybe 25 rounds.



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