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Picked up a new set of .243 Winchester dies. Already had brass, powder (H4895) and primers. Just have to decide on a bullet, and I'm ready to load for the new XS-7.
 

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243 is fun and acurate :)
 

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Chromescholar,

You have picked a good one.

I have loved the .243 since the day a guy handed me his pre62 model 70 w/4x Leupold and a BAG of loads.

This was back in the 50s, and as a kid, I always saw cartridges in 20 for centerfire, 25 for shotgun and 50 for .22s, but to hand a kid a bag of cartridges and tell him to have at it was awesome.

We lived 7 miles from the next place, so I just set down on the back porch and started shooting at the rocks on the hills above the house.

The old 32 Special, was bang, wait a second and maybe smack. With the 243 it was put the dot of the scope on a rock, pull the trigger and smack the dust flew. WOW!!!!!!!!!! Been a love afair ever since.

It was also one of my first things to reload for, early to mid 60s.

You mention 4895, and as good as a powder as it is, if you'll check the load manuels you will find that slower powders give better results all the way down to the 75gr bullets or below.

The faster powders come into their own with bullets like the 55 & 60gr weights.

Enjoy that 243!

Keep em coming!

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
 

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I've had good luck with rel-22 and H4831 when pushing deer bullets out of my 243s. Rel-22 and the 100 gr Sierra Gameking is good for 3050fps out of my 20" Howa.
 

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With the right bullet you'll have "lightning in a bottle" with that .243 ;)

I like Hornady Amax 105s over IMR 4350 out of my 700 ADL.

Half the fun is finding the right load...

-chris
 
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