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Author Topic: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data  (Read 246 times)

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Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:01:58 PM »
Just bought Berger 87 grain bullet VLD Hunting in 243  and H4350 powder. Anyone have reloading data for this? Or, know where I can find it. I have a Remington 700 26" varmint barrel with 1:9.25 twist.
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 08:29:54 AM »
Gobihawk - I would look at a heavier bullet if you plan on shooting past 300 yards especially with the twist you have in the barrel? I once read an article buy a pro-shooter who specialized in the 243 and he said that had a breakdown for bullet weights base on the distance which you are going to shoot, he had the 87 gn the the 95 gn and the 107 gn listed. if you have your remington 700 with it 26" long barrel, you might and you are going to shoot past 300 yards you might want to go with the 107 gn bullet.......

I have a similar old Remington 700 rifle with a 24" barrel with 10" twist and shoot the 100 to 107 gn Berger, Sierra and the Barnes pills.....you might want to try 42.0 to 44.0 Gns of H4831 or IMR4831....I have 4 - 243's and shoot the 105 to 107 gn pill is all of them, even though 2 of the 4 like the 75 gn Sierra BT over the 105 gn bullet....but have settle in on the 43.52 gn of H4831 using CCI-BR2 primers and loading it .015" off the lans and at least two of them are tack drivers, the other two 243 shoot the same bullet a 1/2" MOA at 100 yards....you are on the right track, but let the targets at the range tell you what the rifle actually likes......somethings it takes me years to figure a rifle out but when I do, it like magic......

You might want to think about the 9.25" twist and the 87 gn pill....run the numbers and see what you come up with.....

Thank Sundowner for the links......
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 03:17:16 PM »
Thanks for the info guys. If the 87 grain doesn't work out. I will try heavy ones.
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 09:29:52 PM »
Gobihawk     Great i'm interested in hearing how it works out for you. I have never tried the Bergers but plan on trying some soon. Keep us informed and good luck.

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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 08:32:16 AM »
Notsams - I love Berger, Barnes, Nosler and Sierra and Hornady and have Swift, Speer and all the rest of them...but I do love the Bergers and on my two Safari Trips took Barnes TSX and TTSX with me.....
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 09:21:26 AM »
Notsams - I love Berger, Barnes, Nosler and Sierra and Hornady and have Swift, Speer and all the rest of them...but I do love the Bergers and on my two Safari Trips took Barnes TSX and TTSX with me.....
Went to the range yesterday. Attached is the best result. Also, tried 41.0 and 42.0. Hands down 41.5 was best. Got these results in only 18 shots. Now the fine tuning begins.

These are the first Berger bullets I have tried. Think I'm going to like them. Berger's Website has a lot of great info.

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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 06:25:46 PM »
   Wow that's awesome  nice shooting.

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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 06:53:29 PM »
I don't know, putting all those shots through one hole seems kinda boring doesn't it?    --099-780

Nice shooting chief - looks like you're not too far off the optimum!
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 07:08:48 PM »
Gobi - Good shooting!! Wow, what was the humidity and elevation. Notice that you put down the wind and temperature......again good shooting....
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2018, 08:56:19 AM »
Thanks for the kind words but the gun deserves the credit. These were the first groups since I installed the Timney trigger.

Bo, elevation is 728 feet. Didn't check the humidity.
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2018, 11:56:51 AM »
I think you will like the Bergers LOL!! Nice shootin'
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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2018, 08:20:17 AM »
Gobi - What is your Timney set at?? I have many Timney, Shilen and Jewel Triggers installed and all of the worked great!!! Yes your groups will get tighter with a good trigger!!!

When I go to the range, which will be tomorrow, will set up a weather station with me. Knowing my elevation that never changes, unless the tectonics plates push the elevation higher. And the northwest wind is just about always blowing across from left to right at a 45 degree to my left shoulder, sometimes we will get a truly west winds that are will blow directly into my back, just depends on the time of the year because of the earth's axis and where it is during the yearly trip around the sun....but always have a Kestral Wind Gauge with me as well as a small hand held Humidity/Temperature gauge that I normally take to the range with me.

As far as the credit goes towards the gun, you are right, a good rifle with a custom barrel on it that has been trued up will always shoot better than a factory barrel, well amost. have a factory Savage made barrel for Remington that shoots like a custom rifle!!! holy cow, it shoots good!!

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Re: Berger 243 87 grain bullet data
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2018, 08:32:52 AM »
I have trigger set at 2 3/4#. The trigger is the only modification made to the Remington 700. Have a 62450 Konus scope on it. Used leveling system to mount scope. I keep my targets and a note book noting if load is good or bad.

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