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Your .243's preferred bullet weight

Discussion in 'Mossberg 100 ATR Bolt Action' started by Camel73, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Camel73

    Camel73 .22LR

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    Hey all,
    It would be interesting to collect some numbers regarding what bullet weights have (or haven't) worked for you in your 100 ATR .243, specifically.

    I drop by only so often here, and I know there isn't much action, but I thought maybe I'd try... If your buddies have one please relay the news.

    I have a 2011 (pretty sure), with the 10 twist (also pretty sure that's all they were offered in) and have only fed it factory 55-58gr stuff and so far so good, to 300 anyhow. I thought I was going to shoot it waaay more, but some health issues got in the way.

    I really love the rifle. It still wears the factory (worked-over) stock, but whatever. It was my coyote gun and it did it's job very well. It wears a 4-16x40 wide angle Bushnell that was on sale that I've barely had to touch the dials on since I got it. Ya, red/green ret. Trigger is sweeet. It came whisper light (probably because it was rubbing on the stock, but whatever!) so I haven't needed to touch it.

    I reload for my 30-30 and love it, so naturally I'm looking to reload for the .243, hopefully this winter. My 1/10 twist 90+gr .243 learning curve will begin soon enough. I was thinking on trying the 95gr classic hunter from berger...

    Anyhow, I thought it might be worth a try. Tell a .243 story that you like, but I'm really lookin for 100 ATR .243 bullet experiences.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018
  2. nitesite

    nitesite Sheepdog Forum Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Hi. I love the .243 cartridge.

    I've been in love with the all-copper GMX or Barnes bullets but with their extra length for the same weight of lead core it was hard to find a great load. Or a tight enough twist.

    The best MY rifle ever shot was with Combined Technology (Nosler and Winchester) 95-gr Ballistic Silvertip and Varget.
  3. Camel73

    Camel73 .22LR

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    Hi nitesite,
    Tell me some .243 stories, please, lol :rolleyes:
    How far were you sending those 95's? And what year is your ATR?
    A while ago I knew of a spot where the closest I could get a shot was 600 yards. Since I got my Mossberg in .243 I've wanted to step it up a notch and load some proper bullet weights for the 1/10 twist and a distance of 600 yards. By the looks of things so far, the 87's seem like a safe bet. It would be nice if the 95+ worked though.

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