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    Default Best 243 factory ammo for whitetails?

    According to my initial research my 1976 1B Ruger No 1 has a 1-7.7 twist rate.

    What is a good factory load for my rifle until I start loading my own for it?

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    The Hornady 95 grain SST in pure poison on whitetails... look at the reviews for this ammo on Midway USA. Most deer and hogs never take a step. I'll be hunting with my Ruger M77 and the 95 grain SST in the morning!!
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    The 95 grain Federal Fusion have done a good job for the Daughter so far.
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    SST's have always been good, finding ones that shoot good in your rifle will be the challenge. They reload pretty well, but most factory loaded ones I've tried didn't shoot too well.

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    Barnes 80 gr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattbowen61990 View Post
    SST's have always been good, finding ones that shoot good in your rifle will be the challenge. They reload pretty well, but most factory loaded ones I've tried didn't shoot too well.
    The Superformance rounds shoot just over an inch for three shots at 100 yards in my Hawkeye.
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    That's not a group to me lol, its fine for hunting, but I usually settle for the .5" at 100 and 2.5" at 350 for reloads, factory rounds are to collect brass That's what I settle on with the scopes that allow some decent shooting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger Rebel View Post
    The Superformance rounds shoot just over an inch for three shots at 100 yards in my Hawkeye.
    I've ordered a box of 95gr Superperformance and three boxes of 100 gr SP Privi for practice and comparison testing. I'll end up trying Remington 100 gr Core Lokt and others but I mainly want to get it up and running over the weekend. My scope will be in tomorrow.

    I called Ruger and they told me all the 243 No. 1's were 1-9" twist rate.
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    The 3 deer I have shot with my .243 didn't take a step after shoot thing them with 100gr CoreLokt. I have shot the Hornady at paper and like them, the old Corelokt just keep working for me

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    I have said many times that the 243 is the best all purpose hunting round in South Carolina. It's just a sweet shooting killer!!
    Ruger 77 .243
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    Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter .41 mag
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBhntr View Post
    The 3 deer I have shot with my .243 didn't take a step after shoot thing them with 100gr CoreLokt. I have shot the Hornady at paper and like them, the old Corelokt just keep working for me
    I used CoreLokts in my 30.06 for a few years, andf then I had 3 misfires out of one box, two while scope was on deer that then fled. At first I thought it might be a light firing pin strike, but the primer strikes looked OK. I did some research and saw where Remington ammo/primers had some reported issues with QC. Then, I tried Federal Premiums with the Sierra Gameking bullets...no issues, better knockdowns. I will never go back to the CoreLokts.

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    Used core loots for 5 years then last year had 2 bad experiences with no blood trails. Found the deer but billets didn’t perform. Switched to hornady whitetail ammo in 30-06 and federal fusion in 243. Federal has killed 4 hogs this year with perfect performance. The hornady in 30-06 took 2 hogs, mule deer, and antelope with great results as well. Won’t go back to corelokt. Fusions are about same price

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlhunr View Post
    The 95 grain Federal Fusion have done a good job for the Daughter so far.
    I agree. My son took his first buck this year with this exact round.
    It put him down even with not the best shot placement too.

    I shoot the Fusion in my 308 and it is devastating on Whitetail Deer.

    Great round for hunting!
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