Q: First, let me say how much I enjoy Handloader magazine. There is no other publication that contains so much information for shooters like me.
My main question is: I have several rifles chambered in .243 Winchester. My favorite is a Savage Model 110 with a 24-inch Shilen custom barrel that is used for varmints. I have been using the 58-grain Hornady V-MAX bullet with Hodgdon Varget powder for around 3,700 fps. It is devastating to prairie dogs and other varmints and is very accurate.
I also have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Featherweight and a Kimber Model 84M Montana that are each chambered in .243, which are used for hunting Texas whitetails. I initially developed a load using Varget powder with the 100-grain Nosler Partition bullet, but maximum loads fell short of desired velocities. Can you suggest another powder and load that will duplicate factory load velocities with either the 100-grain Partition or the 95-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip? To simplify my life, is there one powder that will give top performance with both the 58-grain V-MAX and the 100-grain Partition? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
J.B., Waco, TX
A: There are actually a host of top-notch powders that will duplicate .243 Winchester factory loads using 100-grain cup-and-core bullets listed at 2,960 fps (24-inch barrel). A few examples include 41.0 grains of Winchester 760, 41.0 grains of Alliant Reloder 17 or 45.5 grains of Hodgdon H-4831. Naturally, you will want to use a large rifle standard primer and begin 5 percent below those charges, then increase
Q: First, I don’t have the words to describe how awesome Handloader magazine truly is! Even if I hadn’t been stuck in bed the last four years, I always anxiously await each issue!
I recently purchased one of my “bucket list” guns, a Pedersoli Model 71 chambered in .45-70. Due to my injury, I have not yet fired it, but will soon. I would like to use the Hornady 325-grain FTX bullet, and Hornady suggests shortening the .45-70 case to 2.040 inches for an overall length of 2.590 inches. Since the Model 71 action is based on the Winchester Model 1886 action, which was chambered for longer cartridges such as the .45-90 W.C.F., is it possible to not have to trim cases down to 2.040 inches?
I would like to congratulate and thank you, Mr. John Barsness, Mr. Mike Venturino and the Handloader magazine staff for the fantastic work that you do.
J.D.M., via email
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