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JTEX 07-27-2012 06:15 PM

Superperformance .243 ammo for whitetail?
Has anyone used Hornady's Superperformance 95 grain .243 for whitetail deer? I'm looking for a good accurate .243 bullet..

Flat Tire 07-27-2012 07:19 PM

it is a great product

JTEX 07-27-2012 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by Flat Tire
it is a great product

Thanks for the feed back flatty! Have you used them on whitetail?

ineverFTF 07-27-2012 07:34 PM

I got my first deer with that round out of my grandpa's remington 700. 1 shot through the lungs at 80ish yards and he dropped. 140 pound spike. So ya its a good accurate round for whitetails.

Sniper03 07-27-2012 07:39 PM


I have also been thinking about packing along my Remington 700 ADL in 243 to Texas in November. I have used 308. 7mm Rem. Mag. and for varmints and pigs a 223/5.56. The last deer I shot was with a Hornady 308 150 gr. SST. The deer spun 180 degrees when hit and dropped dead in the same spot. But this year I want to use the 243 for deer or whatever.
So I have been doing some research on the New Hornady 95 gr. SST.

The expansion in the tests looks very impressive. Velocity is excellent and the ft. lbs. are good compared to some of the normal calibers used on deer and similar game.
An example that I was looking at was the 95gr. Hornady Superperformance compare to that of a 100 gr. 270 Winchester.

The 243 Hornady ft lbs of energy at 100 yards was a respectable 1484 Ft.Lbs.
The 270 Winchester ft lbs of energy at 100 yards was 1898 Ft.Lbs.

And we all know that the 270 is an excellent deer caliber. And I think anything 200 yards and less the 95 grain Hornady would make a fine deer rifle. Of course shot placement is the most important factor when it comes to any wild game. Their will to live as you know is sometimes unbelievable and as a true sportsman and hunter I have the most respect for the animals we hunt and quick clean kills is my responsibility. With that said, If I ever have a caliber or bullet that will not achieve that with good placement on "my part" they will stay in the safe. But I believe this Hornady 243 a good round. Thanks guys for your experience with it!


Model70 07-27-2012 08:23 PM

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I've never used the factory Superformance in my .243, but I have used the 95 grain SST bullets and they are awesome.

I know the factory ammo is HOT and shoots better on some guns than others.

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Shot this group last winter with the 95 grain SST's with a Tikka T3 Lite .243

JTEX 07-27-2012 09:48 PM

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This is all good news, I will be shooting my rem. 700. I've taken quite a few Texas deer with it but now im in north MO so the deer are twice the size, so now I really want a quality round. I shot a 200+ lb. buck 2 yrs ago with it but it completely blew the heart up. I cant remember what round I used then probably just a cheap Remington... I've done more work on my deer rifle this yr than ever so I'm really lookin forward to this yr. and sniper, that is impressive compared to the .270 round. Can't wait to put a couple Hornady's down range, I'll post some groups later this week maybe!

Flat Tire 07-27-2012 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by JTEX (Post 883880)
Thanks for the feed back flatty! Have you used them on whitetail?

I have gotten this ammo to group well in two different guns.The 95 grain is enough for what you are trying to do. It will just depend on how it shoots in your gun.

tomgodd 07-28-2012 01:45 AM

I have a friend that uses this in his 270. Great results! My son will be shooting this in his 243 this year. I will also be using in on my 308. I am glad to hear people have had good results with this.

hardluk1 08-05-2012 12:39 PM

I don't have a 243 but have used the older heavy mag loads from hornady with there sst bullets amd have been very impressed with it. Did not matter if a shot at 20 feet or 385 yards,the bullet worked very well.

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