How do the Handy rifles in .243 Win handle lighter bullets? I have over 400 rds of .243 Win that is loaded with either 65 gr or 75 gr Hornady Ballistic Tips. I was wondering if it would be the money to get a Handy with the heavy brl, pop a decent optic on and have a good varmint/yote rifle?
I have a .243 handy and it shoots great with lighter bullets or heavier ones. I get great groups out to 300 yards and maybe more but only shoot to 300.
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I have heard reports the .243 doesn't shoot 100 gr. bullets well even though the barrel twist is right for it.
NEF informed me that the best tested rounds in the heavier weights was the 90+ gr. but not the 100 gr.\
A friend of mine was very disappointed with his .243 and asked me to handload him some rounds. We loaded 20 rounds with Sierra .243 spitzer boattails. We tried different loads until we found one the gun liked and when he shot them at 100 yds, he had a 1 inch group. Glad to hear that not everyone is having the same trouble. Handloading corrects a miriad of problems!
I'm new here and this thread answered one of my questions.
My H&R in 243 will not group 100 grain bullets. They are Hornadys and are sized to 1/16th of an inch before contact with the lands. This has worked very well with all of my loadings.
My Hornady manual says that their 105 gr. will not stabilize in a 1 in 10 twist. Well, I guess the 100's are too close to the cut-off.
I'm going to load something in the 80 -90 range to see what happens.
I guess it's not just me that can't stabilize a 100 gr.
There are other reasons why it may not shoot good, read the Handi Basics 101 sticky in H&R Centerfire Rifle forum in my signature line below, I've got a 243 Ultra that shoots 100gr Hi-Shok or Power-shoks and 95gr Fusion exceptionally well.
Try Speer's 80gr spitzer. I shoots great in my 6mm bolt gun and its a hot core designed for deer class game. Its so accurate in my 6mm @ 3300fps that I use it for groundhog hunting. You can tell the 80gr Speer is made stoutly cause it don't blow up a groundhog but surely kills very authoritatively. Because of the accuracy with the 80gr Speer I use it in local running deer shoots and informal offhand egg shoots.
My handi rifle in 7mm-08 is accurate as well. Use the Speer 130gr Spitzer loaded to 2850fps and works great on deer. Bullet really hangs together and kills like gangbusters. The lot of RP factory 140gr pointed core-lokts that I have right now chronographed at 2900fps out of the handi-rifle with its 22" barrel. That's 270 Win territory!
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That just gave me alot of stuff to consider and work on. Thanks.Originally Posted by quickdtoo
I'd really like to make the 100's work.
That's just basic stuff, read the accurizing section of the FAQs and Help section, you should be able to get it shooting great with a little tinkering.
I just recently bought a 243 Jr size NEF with the 22" bbl and short stock, took it out and tried Winchester 100 gr in it, grouped 5 in 3/4" at 100 yds. I could not have been more happy. I might try light weight bullets in it next time, but 100's are great. Wallacem in Ga.