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#3211808 - 09/06/19 12:13 AM Short barrel 243win load?
zr600 Offline
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Registered: 02/21/14
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Ok I have a short barreled 243win Im working on its for my mom, shes fairly small so the rifle is a youth model. Its barrel length is 19 or so. What bullet and what powder would you recommend? I was thinking maybe h4350 or rl16 would be to slow of a burn for the shorter barrel was wondering if a faster powder would be a little better. It will be used for deer hunting not any long range either.

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#3211816 - 09/06/19 05:57 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
ackleyman Offline
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 8402
Loc: Hickville
85g Sierra bthp
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#3211817 - 09/06/19 06:37 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
Stob Online
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/02/11
Posts: 140
Loc: VA
I would look for the faster powders listed for it. Load manuals usually start with the fastest powders to the slowest.

What ackleyman listed would be good. I wouldn't rule out H4895 either, it's very versatile.

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#3211832 - 09/06/19 11:15 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
D_Bell Offline
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Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 1378
Loc: Eastern Washington
My 243 has a 20" barrel, and this is the load which shoots tiny groups (Under an inch at 200):

Varget
REM 9 1/2
70gr Nosler BT
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#3211851 - 09/06/19 01:42 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
Smokin Barrel Offline
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Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 1397
Loc: Wyoming
I run R17 and 105gr's in a 20"
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#3212030 - 09/09/19 12:28 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
Bowhunt Offline
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Registered: 11/28/15
Posts: 753
Loc: Illinois
I would give the 90 grain Nosler Accubonds a try.
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#3212122 - 09/09/19 08:47 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
19grizz69 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 206
Loc: montana
I shoot an ruger ultra lite 18 1/2 in barrel. i use imr 7828 and nosler 95 gr bts. my load chronos at 3227 fps.

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#3212295 - 09/12/19 01:39 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: Bowhunt]
WyoBull Offline
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Registered: 08/25/11
Posts: 285
Loc: Wyoming
Originally Posted By: Bowhunt
I would give the 90 grain Nosler Accubonds a try.


This^^^ I just worked up a load using IMR 4831 and Nosler 90 gr AccuBonds that shoots lights out. The load was out of a 24 inch barrel but it still should shoot great in a 20 inch barrel.
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#3212904 - 09/20/19 10:26 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: 19grizz69]
243kimber Offline
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Registered: 08/14/09
Posts: 760
Loc: madison county illinois
That's smokin hot! 95 grainers and 3227 fps? That sounds crazy.


Edited by 243kimber (09/20/19 10:27 PM)
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#3212946 - 09/21/19 05:51 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16277
Loc: Missouri
Time to check the chronograph.
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#3212949 - 09/21/19 06:01 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16277
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: zr600
Ok I have a short barreled 243win Im working on its for my mom, shes fairly small so the rifle is a youth model. Its barrel length is 19 or so. What bullet and what powder would you recommend? I was thinking maybe h4350 or rl16 would be to slow of a burn for the shorter barrel was wondering if a faster powder would be a little better. It will be used for deer hunting not any long range either.


Don't over think it given those conditions. My wife shoots a youth model .243 Winchester with an 18.5" barrel. Her rifle loves the Federal 95 gr. Fusion factory load. Every deer she has cracked with it dies on schedule and according to the usual script. The last was a young buck quartering on at about 90 yards. She drilled him right through the onside shoulder and the bullet exited about at the end of the opposite side ribcage. The buck wheeled around and stumbled about 30 yards and died within seconds. I don't bother to load for her rifle. As long as you aren't stretching the range out, if it kills from a 22" barrel it will kill from an 18.5" barrel also.
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#3213912 - 10/02/19 10:59 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
6GUNSONLY Offline
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Registered: 02/06/06
Posts: 719
Loc: NW Alabama
In my 20" Remington 660 for deer I shoot 95 grain partition Noslers and either H-4895 or Varget.

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#3213922 - 10/03/19 08:42 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
sll Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 420
Loc: Tennessee
IMR4831 and 85gr Sierra BTHP's is a combo that shoots awesome in a Ruger Compact I have.

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#3213940 - 10/03/19 01:39 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: GC]
Don Fischer Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 491
Loc: Antelope, Ore
Originally Posted By: GC
Originally Posted By: zr600
Ok I have a short barreled 243win Im working on its for my mom, shes fairly small so the rifle is a youth model. Its barrel length is 19 or so. What bullet and what powder would you recommend? I was thinking maybe h4350 or rl16 would be to slow of a burn for the shorter barrel was wondering if a faster powder would be a little better. It will be used for deer hunting not any long range either.


Don't over think it given those conditions. My wife shoots a youth model .243 Winchester with an 18.5" barrel. Her rifle loves the Federal 95 gr. Fusion factory load. Every deer she has cracked with it dies on schedule and according to the usual script. The last was a young buck quartering on at about 90 yards. She drilled him right through the onside shoulder and the bullet exited about at the end of the opposite side ribcage. The buck wheeled around and stumbled about 30 yards and died within seconds. I don't bother to load for her rifle. As long as you aren't stretching the range out, if it kills from a 22" barrel it will kill from an 18.5" barrel also.


I think the biggest problem most people have with shooting is over thinking what they think may be a problem weather it is or not!

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#3214466 - 10/08/19 11:46 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
kswaterfowl Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 10/01/09
Posts: 541
Loc: kansas
I've shot varget out of multiple 20" 243's for years.

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#3214678 - 10/11/19 11:21 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
Varminterror Offline
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Registered: 03/23/12
Posts: 2829
Loc: Kansas
I use H4350 in a 14 Striker under 87 and 95s.
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#3215697 - 10/20/19 10:41 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: zr600]
desertcj Offline
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Registered: 01/02/15
Posts: 334
Loc: West
Best load(And fastest) has been with Superformance out of my wife's 20" .243. 90gr E-tip at 3200fps. 87gr hpbt about 3250fps...

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#3215699 - 10/20/19 11:13 PM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: desertcj]
IdahoRoger Offline
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Registered: 03/04/18
Posts: 52
Loc: Idaho
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#3215849 - 10/22/19 11:27 AM Re: Short barrel 243win load? [Re: kswaterfowl]
Kermit in Va. Offline
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Registered: 01/22/16
Posts: 64
Loc: Va. USA
Plus 1 for the 90 gr. Accubonds...


Kermit

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