.243/6mm FMJ bullets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by kaido, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I know I'll get the whole "do you normally ask after buying stuff?" Question, so before it comes down to that, no I do not. I've already got a reason for buying these bullets.

    Now that that's out of the way, have any of you guys used the 80gr FMJs offered up by Hornady? I'm just curious as to who's used them and how they've found them to preform? I'm not planning on using them for hunting at all, well aside from maybe a gopher here and there. I'm just looking to extend the life of my self healing targets by a little bit since SPs I've been using look like they do a good number to them.

    It doesn't have to be a .243 you've used them in, just anything firing a 6mm pill really.
     
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  2. rocshaman

    rocshaman New Member

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    Hornady is quality ammo, period. As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with it. One thing to consider, when sighting in your rifle, sight it in for that particular ammo. Hornady is hot and she's gonna fly different.
     

  3. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I probably should of specified a little better. I bought just the bullet it's self, not a cartridge. I'm planning on reloading using these to see how things go with it.....also partly for the cool factor. If these prove to have a good group come out of them, I'll sight in for said load, but right now it's more of a testing phase.
     
  4. rocshaman

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    Sorry kaido, should have known when you said bullets and not cartidges. Still, Hornady is good stuff.
     
  5. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    It's all good, everyone gets a little a head of them selfs from time to time. I know for a fact I'm pretty bad for it. Haha
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Kaido, i use quite a bit of hornady bullets for different loads, including some FMJ bullets, not in 6mm but other calibers. IMO, i don't think you'll be disappointed. Hornady makes a good line of products. i have had very good luck with all the Hornady bullets i have used so far.
     
  7. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    That's good news. I've yet to use anything other then Hornady bullets yet, but I've liked how all the ones I've used have preformed with the exception of their 80 BTHP. It could be because I tested their expansion out on two milk jugs, but they didn't really seem to open up all to well.....it's actually what got me searching for FMJs in 6mm/.243
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    beings as i don't hunt anymore and pretty much just target shoot, i prefer FMJ bullets or HP for paper.
     
  9. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Makes sense not to use the "higher end" stuff for punching holes in stuff. I'm just tired of seeing where each and every bullet has hit my durra seal targets, also seems like the FMJs are a few bucks cheaper. Not by a hole lot, but still a little cheaper.
     
  10. bigjim

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    I load the 85, 95 and 105 grain Hornady V-max & A-max for 243, you should have no problems at all with the FMJ. I have this thing for little red tips on my 223, 243, 270 and 30-06s.

    They will be fine load and enjoy.
    Jim
     
  11. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    See, I'm the opposite. I find FMJ to look more aggressive. If it preformed better as a hunting round and was legal, it's what I'd use. But I get the feeling I'd lose waaay to many animals using them.

    Right now I'm actually making some loads up for this bullet. So far I've decided and load with 39.6gr of Accurate 4350 and then because I've had good experience with a different bullet design but same weight, I'm going to try 39.9gr of the same powder. From there I'll probably just add another .3gr till I'm done three more loads. Then all ill have to do is find a chance to go see which works best.
     
  12. locutus

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    I've used these bullets in a 6mm Remington for long range coyote hunting. They kill well but do little damage to pelts.
     
  13. kaido

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    Woah.....that's really surprising. I've heard of people using FMJs for coyote sized game, but for some reason it always seems like its be against the law do to the fact that its not an expanding bullet.

    Out of curiosity, how well did it do its job of putting the dog down in a human manner? The reason I'm asking is that if it does a pretty good job and doesn't leave the dog to run more then a few yards, I might use them next winter. Pending how they group as well.
     
  14. locutus

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    In a high velocity round like the 6mm Remington, they kill quite well. The high velocity messes up the innards pretty well.
     
  15. kaido

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    Well that's some good news. I did a quick check and with the powder I'm using, it looks like I'd be in the same FPS range as some of the 6mm Remington loads. They all seem to be right around the 2900-3000 mark, so in theory these should work just as well.....but I'd rather try it out on some blastics gell or something first. That way I can get a rough idea of how it performs.
     
  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The maority of hollow point rifle bullets are not mae for expansion, but for accuracy. The HP puts the weight slightly more toward the base. The expansion performance is not consistent
     
  17. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    When I looked at the bullet I wasn't really thinking it'd expand all to well. Just didn't look like the cavity was bit enough to allow enough material in to open it up. I did how ever get some amazing groups while shooting them though.