243 Loads anyone?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by dbach, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Ite. Sounds good. ill Pm ya when we get ready to head out. Prolly be just after christmas is done with. First or second week of Jan.
  2. dbach

    dbach Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Trinity, TX
    Loaded some .243 with the Varget yesterday. I was antsey and wanted to shoot the new rifle (new to me, I bought it at a pawn shop). Here is what I saw:

    No signs of overpressure.
    Rounds cycled well thru the rifles action.

    Using a Hornady 87 grain V-Max, new Winchester brass, and WLR primers.

    5 rounds at 37.5 grains Varget - tightest group, very little recoil and seemed to shoot the best.
    5 rounds at 39.5 grains Varget - Scattered group did not shoot well at all.
    5 rounds at 41.5 grains Varget - Even more scattered, not satisfactory.
    All published loads (for 85 grain BTSP and found in the Speer #14 Manual.

    So if I continue to use Varget, which is not likely, I'll keep the charge around 37.5 grains.

    These were my first rifle reloads and I did have one issue. The problem came with not seating a few of the primers completely. I had a few that were sitting proud. These rounds would not chamber at all. It took me a bit, but I finally figured out what was wrong when I set the rounds down on a table and noticed they were rocking around : ) Duhh.

    I have a RCBS Turret press and I have found that it takes a bit of extra effort to seat the large rifle primers correctly. All I had to do was press them a little deeper and the problem vanished. I also started using the RCBS hand press and I found it to be a little more user friendly. I also learned that loading for rifles is not fast. I hand primed and weighed each individual round. The benefit was accuracy. This ones a little hard to swallow but I do have a wittiness. At 100 yards and very little wind my first three shots were touching. The other two were within an inch.

  3. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    aint it fun?! great job, why wouldn't we believe you... :thumbsup:

    so those first 5 all grouped within an inch, thats 0.75 MOA, hard to beat that, and with Varget you get a powder that is temp insensitive...
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Actually most all extruded (stick) powders are temperature insensitive. Only ball powders are as picky as my wife is..
  5. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Hi all;
    I'm looking for good target load suggestions for my BLR .243. From what I can see it has a 1:10 twist.

    Currently I have some N140 that I'm using for the .223, and would like to keep the powder inventory down if possible so would like to stick with the N140 if possible, but if something works significantly better I could go for that (if the gun store has it in stock).

  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
  7. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
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