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.243 Varmint Load

I'm working up a load for prairie dogs.  Does anyone have a powder suggestion?  I'm going to be shooting 80gr. Sierra Varminter BT and I load with Winchester or CCI primers out of a Winchester .243 Featherweight (I know, not the best rifle for long range shooting, but it's a really great rifle!).  I don't shoot past 200 yds normally, but I'd love to work something up that holds a group at 400 yds. 

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Why go with that heavier

Why go with that heavier bullet if you are just talking prairie dogs?  I would go with the 55 grain BST by Win. or the 58 grain VMax by Hornady.  Either of those will only be about -3" at 350 yards with a 200 yard zero.

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Varget is a good all around

Varget is a good all around powder for 308 and 308 derived cartridges like the 243.

You might want to look at trying a variety of bullets from 55gr up to a 107gr match bullet especially if your going to try stretching the distance. Varget should be able to work well within this bullet range.

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IMR 4350 and 4064 are the two

IMR 4350 and 4064 are the two I use for the .243, 25-06, and several 30-06s with great results in all of them.  I'm a Hornady fan as far as bullets go and that's all I use in all three calibers.  If you want to go out further than what I mentioned you will probably want to pmove up to a heavier bullet even though you may only be using it for a puny PDog.

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My favorite power in my 243

My favorite power in my 243 is IMR 4350. I also use the 75 gr V-Max and it is awesome. Most bullet's shooting thru 2" foam come apart. I find whats left of jacket's behind the target. 75 gr HP also shoot's really well but it's not a fragile.

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i have the same gun in the

i have the same gun in the same caliber!

i use varget in my prairie dog loads. i do this even though it's not quite as accurate as R19, but 36.0 grains of varget is really good under all temperatures. especially in the heat of the summer, which is when you'll probably be shooting. i think you can get "varmint grenades" for $15 per 100, and they're only 55 grains i think.

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Thanks.  This will definately

Thanks.  This will definately help, I've heard a lot of good things about the varmint grenades and Varget powder.  How well does yours shoot at long distance?  I really want to develope a load with this rifle that can hold good groups at 400+ yds.  Not for hunting reasons, well, maybe for prairie dogs.  But mainly, for target shooting - I just like love hitting tin cans at long distance's. 

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Thanks to everyone for all

Thanks to everyone for all this info.  It will be a great help to me.  I'll let you all know how it does when I get it to the range.

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If you're more interested in

If you're more interested in long range performance, definitely go with the heavier-for-caliber bullet weights, such as the 80gr sierra or heavier.  Going heavier trades some initial velocity loss for better velocity retention (and greater wind drift resistance) down range. 

Berger makes a 115gr 6mm VLD that has a .545 BC which is outstanding and pushes into the territory of some of the 6.5mm bullets.  Although a 7" twist rate is recommended for this bullet...

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You certainly have some

You certainly have some research ahead of you.

Varget is a great powder. It wasn't around when I was loading the round. I believe I was using IMR's 4064 and 85gr Sierras or Speers

I would shoot the bullet that shot the best. No matter the weight but, start with the heavier weights. Yes

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So I picked up some 58 gr.

So I picked up some 58 gr. Hornady V-Max yesterday.  Unfortunately, the two stores I checked didn't have any Sierra's.  I also picked up Varget and I have IMR 4350, 4831, and RE19.  As I looked into the bullet on Hornady's web site and MidwayUSA, some guys are saying this little bugger can get up to 4000 f.p.s.!  Well, I'm not going to burn out my barrel doing that, so I'll be keeping it around 3500 - 3600 f.p.s.  Does anyone have any suggestions on powder combinations with this bullet?  I also researched what some guys were saying how far it was effective.  Most said 400 yds. was the limit, so I don't think I'll be going any further than that.  My next go round I am going to get some heavier bullets though. 

 

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