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243 what grain

I'm going to get my girlfriend a 243 to use for groundhogs and deer. Which grain bullet is good for both? I'm mainly concerned with deer. I'm leaning towards 100 grain, but is 80 grain enough?

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80 will work for deer, if it's a well constructed, bonded bullet of some sort. A lot of the lighter loads in 243 are varmint loads, with bullets meant for rapid expansion/fragmentation. I would pick a 100gr load that shoots well, let her shoot it at groundhogs all summer, and she will be confident when she hits the deer woods in the fall. If you're dead set on the 80gr weight range, just make sure you pick a good bullet, and you'll be fine.

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I00 grain does well
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100


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I have always used 100 grain bullets. Personally I wouldn't go any lighter than 90 grain for deer.

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100 grain Core-Lokts

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Sierra 85 bthp for anything. I wouldnt go any heavier.
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Re: 243 what grain

Get both - 80 for chucks and 100 for deer. I've done that with good results for years with my 6mm. Very little difference on the target - it's easy to adjust between the two.

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if just one do the 100 good solid bullet. Best whitetail caliber IMO.

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In my 6MM I use 80 for groundhogs and 100 for deer..
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