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    Starting Bullet Suggestion for .243

    Would someone please give me 1 or 2 bullet suggestions to start loading a .243 for 600+ yards? Just got a new savage and want to see if it will be a shooter. I have a good selection of powders but, any suggestions are welcome. I know that I will need to put new stock on it but before I invest in it I would like to know if it is worth going down that road (stock, then later barrel). I am pretty new to long range and don't have a starting budget for full build yet.

    Thanks,
    Regis

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    BIB Bullets

    Randy Robinett makes a 95 gr 6mm FB and a 104 gr boat tail 6mm. Not sure of your rifles twist but guessing it will shoot either. If he is out and/or can't make any soon enough for you try Sierra Match King or Hornady A Max. My first choice would be BIB.

    http://bibullets.com/products/

    https://www.sierrabullets.com/produc...lets/rifle.cfm

    http://www.hornady.com/store/A-MAX
    Last edited by glp; 12-18-2015 at 10:18 AM.

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    an alternative is the hornady 105 amax

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    Let us know how you do with that Savage if you end up shooting it at a match.

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    Sorry that I didn't include the 9.25 twist.

    Thanks for the tips. I have some 80gr Seirra SBT And will get some of the 105 A-Max and work with those 2.

    Thanks for the help. Should be able to shoot early next week

    Regis

    Quote Originally Posted by glp View Post
    Randy Robinett makes a 95 gr 6mm FB and a 104 gr boat tail 6mm. Not sure of your rifles twist but guessing it will shoot either. If he is out and/or can't make any soon enough for you try Sierra Match King or Hornady A Max. My first choice would be BIB.

    http://bibullets.com/products/

    https://www.sierrabullets.com/produc...lets/rifle.cfm

    http://www.hornady.com/store/A-MAX

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    Quote Originally Posted by RegisG View Post
    Sorry that I didn't include the 9.25 twist.

    Thanks for the tips. I have some 80gr Seirra SBT And will get some of the 105 A-Max and work with those 2.

    Thanks for the help. Should be able to shoot early next week

    Regis
    Randy Robinett is out of the 95 grain 6mm FB bullets. I talked to him about those 2 weeks ago. He is waiting on jackets. You might want to try some Berger 88 FB high BC or their 90 grain FB or even their 95 GR BT.
    Last edited by Jim Pag; 12-18-2015 at 02:11 PM.

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    With a 9.5 twist I don't think you can shoot over 90 to 95 and stabilize them for long range. Most of the 600 and 1000 yard guys use 7.5 to 8 twist to stabilize the 105 class of bullet's. Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by dk hunt 14 View Post
    With a 9.5 twist I don't think you can shoot over 90 to 95 and stabilize them for long range. Most of the 600 and 1000 yard guys use 7.5 to 8 twist to stabilize the 105 class of bullet's. Matt
    That was my initial question (600+ yards), even though I didn't initially give the twist. Do you see the lack of stabilizing by bullet tumbling making long holes or just simply big opening of the group when it reaches trans-sonic? I would like to get some use out of this barrel before changing it if for no other reason than to work on my shooting skill.

    Thanks,
    Regis

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