243 bullets complete a caliber that's truly a jack of all trades – and master of them as well, for that matter. Give your handloads 80 to 100 grain .243 bullets and they’ll be able to fell a buck with minimal pain and suffering on the animal’s part. Select a 115 grain boat tail bullet and the only thing stopping you from hitting a 1,000 target will be your own skill. Choose a lightweight 55 to 75 grain expanding bullet and you’ll enjoy the flat trajectory and explosive terminal performance that sends varmints flying into low orbit.
If you wish to turn your hunting rifle into one you could also depend on during a fight, then the same loads you’d use to dominate bucks or vermin should serve you splendidly. And all of this with significantly less recoil than the 308 Win!
It’s only natural that so handy a cartridge should suffer from no lack of popularity. Good rifles and good brass are everywhere, making the 243 Win an accessible choice for handloaders who are new to the hobby. All the preeminent bullet manufacturers serve the cartridge as well, offering 243 bullets for handloading including the BlitzKing, V-MAX, Ballistic Tip, A-TIP, and a multitude of HPBT options. Study up on which propellants best serve each type of bullet and application and you’ll be able to shoot however you please."
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