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Old 05-22-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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My mates just brought a .243
What's a good load for rabbits ? Foxes and goats ??


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Old 05-22-2015, 02:28 PM   #2
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Rabbits !! Must be some big rabbits for a 243 . Might find a foot and tail . A 17 rimfire to the smaller center fire might serve better including a 223 for rabbits and fox's

Most ammo companies make a varmint load or two from 58gr to 75gr . More a matter of finding what your mates rifle likes . V max is one of the more explosive loads and may not pass thru and hornady and Winchester load the 58gr V max . Now to find out if your buddy's barrel have enough twist to stabilize the lighter bullets in general. If not move up to the 75gr range but sure would be hard on ant pelts .



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I c ... Don't worry about pelts here in oz .. I just got in from a shoot.. Got 13 foxes . Used 22-250 and 25/06 .. Not much pelts left !
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What kind of 243 is it? The barrel length, and the wrist rate?
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It's a tikka .. 600mm barrel . 10/6 rate of twist I think
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24" barrel and possibly a 1:10 twist would work for 55-100 grain bullets. 1:12 would be better on the lighter bullets. Every rifle is different and you will have to see what it likes. An 80 grain with a BC in the .350 range would be hotter and flatter than a 22-250. For varmint shooting I would be looking at 75-85 grains with a good BC.
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87 gn projectile seems to work well in a standard twist .243 although a 65gn may go better for foxes and rabbits but may be a bit light for goats.
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Below pic = rabbit after being hit with one 308 168gr fed OTM at. 177 yards.

Any bullet in 243 is gonna dump rabbits and foxes. Pick a load that your rifle shoots well with. If you dont reload, look for a decent factory offering.
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Find a load that your gun shoots well and keep shooting that load. I have two .243 and both have a 1:10 twist. one likes the hornady American whitetail 100gr. Btsp. The other likes the 80 gr. Barnes ttsx. don't pick your grain of bullet by what your hunting, pick your bullet by your MOA group.
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I have used 55-70 grain ammunition in mine for years. You just need to see which your rifle shoots the best Tikas have very tight chambers and are very accurate rifles when you find what the like regarding ammunition. You can not go wrong with either!

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