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#1 blitzking223

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 06:44 PM

Have any of you used 55 grain bullets in your 243? How do you like them? I have heard that they can be barrel burners. I realize that if they are handloaded too hot that they probably are barrel burners. I was wondering about the factory 55 grain loads available from Black Hills, etc. Speaking of handloads can you recomend a good handload in 55 grain 243 that is fast but not a barrel burner in a Remington 700 youth with a 20" barrel? Thanks

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 08:26 AM

A friend of mine shot ground hogs with those for a lot of years. They shot incredibly well. The bullets don't burn the barrels or erode the throat. It's the amount of fire you light to propel them that does the damage. Factory rds are normally loaded at or near max. Unless you're in a p-dog patch I don't see you having problems with throat erosion or barrel burnout.

I have no idea what he was loading. All I know was that there wasn't a groundhog safe inside of 500yds. HTH

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for the reply Glen, I do not plan on this rifle being used on a prairie dog shoot just coyotes, groundhogs etc.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:03 PM

I load 55grn nosler balistic tips in my 243 I have had good luck hodgen 414 and varget
If you are trying to save fur this is the wrong bullet but If you like to blow stuff up it works great.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:27 PM

I am not really concerned with saving the fur. What kind of rifle are you using? What is the rate of twist of your barrel? I believe mine is 1in9 1/8" thanks

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:40 PM

I shoot it out of two dif barrels one is a shillen 1-14 and the other is a standard ruger m77 I think it has a 1-9 both guns shoot the bullet well the ruger with the faster twist I had to slow down to 3800fps to group well the 1-14 likes them at 4000fps

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 06:32 AM

You're Welcome BK223. Go ahead & shoot them then. I agree with Csbishop. They do blow things up nicely. laugh.gif

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 04:14 PM

huh.gif I use 55 and 58 grain ballistic tips in my 6 MM. It is the same diameter as the bullet for the .243. I shoot it about 3200 fps and that is not much of a barrel burner.

I think most barrel burning is caused more from shooting too many rounds and not letting the barrel cool adequately. That is why I always take at least two, and most times three different rifles out prarie dog shooting.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 03:26 AM

I got the exact same gun and thats what I use for Yotes. I'm not loading them very hot, I'm afraid to blow a barrel lol. Anyways, yeah they should be fine, even though I use 80 grains for almost everything but yotes now lol.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:38 PM

I have been shooting 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips (and to a lesser extent 58gr. Hornady V-Max) in .243's since these bullets became available. I have probably shot these bullets in 4 or 5 different .243 Rifles, a couple .243 Handguns and a couple 6mm T/CU Handguns.

In the .243 Winchester I have had excellent results with Varget, IMR-4320, H-4895, and in reduced velocity loads W-748. The most accurate loads I have assembled with the 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips have been with Hodgdon''s Varget at a grain or so under published max.

I currently have a Stainless-Synthetic Ruger .243 with a 1 in 9" Twist. This Rifle refuses to shoot sub 1" groups with the 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips if the muzzle velocity is over 3300 FPS. I am currently using a reduced velocity load in this Rifle for general purpose Varminting with 55gr. Nosler Ballsitic Tips with a powder that is not considered a Rifle Powder. This is a full pressure load and shoots quite well at a muzzle velocity of 3229 FPS. No I will not give out the load info, but suffice to say this load duplicates both the recoil and ballistics of a .223 Remington and that is what it was designed to do when I didn't have a .223.

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:29 PM

blitzking,

I've shot both the 55 NBT's and the 58 Vmax's out of my 243....
I found the NBT's were more fur friendly, with regards to the 243 but the Vmax's slightly more accurate.
243's with 55 gr bullets do make for some fun yote shootin though!!! smile.gif I'm not so sure aboutg being barrel burners, but I do think 55's-58's are a little finnicky to develop an accurate load in a 243! My opinion anyway.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 01:42 AM

I have a old Remington 788 with a short barrel that really likes the 55 grain bullets and Varget. I worked up in 1/2 grain steps. I look for safe tight groups and have yet to have a critter complain about the speed. Using the 55grain BK and 40.5 grs of Varget I saw four shots groups under 1/2 inch the first three would be often .15 center to center. 44.+ grs of Varget will do the same thing "BUT THAT IS TOO HOT" SO KIDS DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Even free floated this barrel doesn't like heat. On young ground hogs it cuts them in two.

My heavy barrel 243 likes the 58gr V-max and 42.5 grs of Varget. I would tell about a three shot group that grouped under an inch at 500yards. But when I tell that story somebody says I'm full of hot air ( Well hot air wasn't the exact term that they used). The fact that I have the target and the witnesses are still alive didn't seem to matter. How ever I have been shooting Pdogs since 1999 with it, again this summer the Pdogs from 400 yards on out were in trouble. The gun works best with cases make from Rem. 30-06 cases. That is a lot of work but the results are worth it.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 03:12 AM

Yeah 55's are really nice loads. I just started using the Standard Ball in mine, and It is likea Velociter in a .243!!! I hit a rabbit at 200 yds with one.................................................and he goes BOOM! anim_rofl2.gif Anyways, yeah they should be fine for any .243 that you wanna use in varmint hunting.