American Rifleman - December 2013 - 52

model

3G

LOADING BENCH

The world's most
versatile 3-gun
competition rifle

The first two bullet weights offered when the .243 Win. was introduced
nearly 60 years ago were 80 and 100 grs.

*shown with optional sights

That collective recoil makes the
.243 a cartridge better for a slower
shooting pace. Heavier 70- to
85-gr. bullets don't shoot quite as
fast or flat as the lighter ones, but
they do carry more freight for marmots, fox and coyotes. A .243 rifle
mounted with a medium-power
scope does not need the 3300 f.p.s.
or so possible with these bullet
weights because a marmot peeking over a rock at much over
250 yds. is difficult to see through a
four-power or even a 2-7X variable
scope. Nor does target practice
at 100 to 200 yds. A 70-gr. bullet
with a muzzle velocity of 3100 f.p.s.
shoots sufficiently fast and accurately with the mild recoil appreciated by skinny shoulders padded
only by summer T-shirts.

When big-game season arrives
after that practice a bullet must
penetrate about 7" on a broadside
shot to pierce the lungs and reach
the ribs on the far side of a deer.
Under full steam, handloaded
100-gr. bullets optimistically reach
3000 f.p.s. from a .243. Factoryloaded .243s claim 2960 f.p.s. with
that weight bullet. At that modest
speed that amount of penetration
is easily accomplished with 100-gr.
bullets of standard construction.
My wife has punched quite a few
.24-cal. 100-gr. Sierra Pro-Hunter
and Hornady InterLock bullets clear
through mule deer and antelope.
At a Texas high-fenced ranch I
commented to the manager about
the abundance of red deer eating
the protein feed intended for the

SELECTED .243 WINCHESTER LOADS
BULLET BRAND/WEIGHT

PROPELLANT

PROPELLANT
WEIGHT
(GRS.)

VELOCITY
@ 10'
(F.P.S.)

100-YD.
GROUP
(INCHES)

NOSLER 55-GR.
BALLISTIC TIP LEAD FREE

VARGET

45.0

3759

1.25

HORNADY 75-GR. V-MAX

W760

45.5

3386

0.97

SWIFT 90-GR. SCIROCCO II

RELODER 19

45.0

3068

1.38*

SIERRA 100-GR.
SPITZER BOAT TAIL

IMR 7828
SSC

45.0

2840

1.14*

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52 D

ECEMBER

2013

AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

NOTES: VELOCITIES ARE THE AVERAGE OF 10 SHOTS RECORDED ON A CHRONOGRAPH 10 FT.
FROM THE MUZZLE OF THE 24" BARREL OF A COOPER MODEL 22. A LEUPOLD VX-III 4.5-14X
50 MM SCOPE WAS MOUNTED ON THE COOPER AND SET ON 14X. ACCURACY IS THE AVERAGE OF
FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED AT 100 YDS. WINCHESTER LARGE RIFLE PRIMERS
AND WINCHESTER CASES USED, EXCEPT WHERE DENOTED WITH *, WHICH INDICATES REMINGTON
CASES. TEMPERATURES RANGED BETWEEN 65º F AND 85º F
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