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I bought my daughter a Howa 243 2 years ago for Deer hunting.
The gun is just to big and heavy for her.
She's an adult but very petite.
I should have bought a youth model in the first place, which
I am going to do.
I don't want to sell the gun, figured I'd keep it for a back up or use it on ground hogs.
I sighted it in with Federal 100 Gr. sierra soft points.
Shoots nice tight groups.
I'm not into reloading, my question is what is a good factory load for chucks or would the 100 Gr. I'm using fit the bill?

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The 100 gr will work just fine!
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I think it's too prone to cause a ricochet unless you're really talking about rural farm hunting with no houses around.I'd use an 85 grain HP or less.
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If it shoots good for you then keep on using it. Good luck!

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You can use any ammo designed for huntin. When you can use ammo more suitable for the game, that is your choice. 100gr. is more of a deer hunyin bullet. 85 gr. takes that .243 right into a fine G-Hog gun. When you run out of 100's go get a nice 85gr. HP. Better bullet for miss'es the blow up on contact as Moose said less chance of problem at longer range at targets you don't want to hit. Nice Gun too....later
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I hunt with a 243, and use 100 grainers for everything. I never have to touch an adjustment knob on the scope. I worked up one load that shoots good in my gun an run with it.

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You can use any ammo designed for huntin. When you can use ammo more suitable for the game, that is your choice. 100gr. is more of a deer hunyin bullet. 85 gr. takes that .243 right into a fine G-Hog gun. When you run out of 100's go get a nice 85gr. HP. Better bullet for miss'es the blow up on contact as Moose said less chance of problem at longer range at targets you don't want to hit. Nice Gun too....later
That was kinda my thinkin.
Without looking at a ballistics chart, I'm sure the 85Gr.is
kickin out some speed and shootin flatter.
Not even sure how much Chuck huntin I'll get in,
but when I'm up at Camp in Potter during the summer
I'd like to be ready if I choose to go.
I have a couple of long range fields I can hunt.
Would be a cool thing to do with the Grandson.
Thanks for the info Guys.

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Re: 243 Help

Most ammo manufacturers make varmint 243 rounds.
Everything from 55gr (that will out run a 22-250) up.

Hornady makes a 58gr v-max and a 75gr HP
Federal makes a 55 and 70 gr Nosler ballistic tip
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.220 Swift 55gr. V-Max shot through crony 3800fps, and that's (out runnin a 22-250). My chuck huntin partner shoots .243 AI he loves it...later
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Most ammo manufacturers make varmint 243 rounds.
Everything from 55gr (that will out run a 22-250) up.

Hornady makes a 58gr v-max and a 75gr HP
Federal makes a 55 and 70 gr Nosler ballistic tip

I used to know ballistics inside and out.
Just don't read up on it as much anymore.
Never would have thought a 243 would out run a 22-250.
Interesting.
I'm limited to a 100Yd. range to sight in.
Don't plan on any 300-400 yard shots, but say at 200 yards where would ya suggest I zero in above center at 100 yards?

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