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This CLUB bullet should open fast & penetrate with better bullet weight retention than any other bullet I could load for my 243/06 Wildcat.
Most whitetails are
killed at 100 yards or less and
mule deer at 200 and under, which is perfect for the well
constructed, tough, quick opening, Bonded Controlled Expansion 6MM
100 grain Core-Lokt
Ultra bullets. Occasionally, you might have to take a
shot at longer range—250 to 400 yards. Most competent rifleman should
hit the kill zone at 200 yards or under, but at 250 yards & more it
gets tough, and at 400 yards the odds are not good for a quick kill
One hundred yards will be the limit for most hunters
on running deer. You must have
a safe clear shooting situation! DANGER! Do
NOT shoot at running deer in the Midwest & Eastern states unless
the SHOT is totally safe to take!
Today, 03/04/07, I
just saw on the Men's Channel - Dish-TV CH 218, a massive old Elk shot
at over 200-yards & dropped in his tracks with a .243-Winchester
with open iron sights. They did not mention the bullet weight or
construction type, however, it proved to me that a Well Placed .243
100-gr. Remington CLUB bullet at 200-yards will deck the biggest Elk
that walks. Therefore, my
243/06 Wildcat ought to do the job on big Whitetails, big Mule Deer and
on Elk reloaded with the Bonded Controlled Expansion 6MM
100 grain Remington Core-Lokt
All those hunting
programs should give all the fine point details about the rifle caliber
& bullet weight and construction type! That would make those
programs much more interesting to all of us.
Trigger Squeeze with Sight Alignment
Wind drift: A 45-degree wind drift angle isn't half the drift of a 90º-angle, but is three-quarters the drift. It has a 70 plus percent effect, even though the angle is only halfway between no drift effect and full drift effect. The drift effect is not proportional, due to the aerodynamic ballistics of a bullet in flight. Just remember that halfway between full and zero effect is nearly three-quarters the drift of 90-degrees. Memorize these aerodynamic ballistic realities.
I ran a
terminal bullet performance
25-yards with the above Hornady Interlock BTSP 100-grain bullet in my
Wildcat, and I like
its performance for deer. It
blew the hell out of the first two
plastic gallon milk jugs
of water and went through the third one. The load was 58-grains
H-1000, with Federal 215 primers.
terminal performance of
243/06 wildcat today 10/31/04, I tried 55.5 grains of IMR 7828 with
Federal 215 PRI, at only 16 yards it blew up two jugs and pieces of the
jacket went into the third jug.
On 10/17/04, I filled 3 one gallon plastic milk jugs with water lined in a row at 15 yards and shot them using my Remington 722 with a 22" BBL, in my "243 Winchester" using the Hornady 95 grain SST bullet and 44 grains of RL 19. It blew the first two up big time and went through the third one gallon jug of water. This should be a very good broadside lung shot terminal performance bullet on deer in the 243 Winchester caliber cartridge.
Jamison writer for Petersen's
Magazine, July 2002, p- 20, Guns & Loads Article Long Rangers, -
says in essence that for deer sized game you need a minimum of 1000
ft/lbs of energy and 2000 ft/sec velocity at the impact range for
bullet expansion. The bullet needs a sectional density between .215
to .265 and a high ballistic coefficient for long range shots. This is
a great Hunting Magazine, I
the local school magazine drives.
Win., New Remington Core-Lokt Ultra bullet
terminal performance test information - pictured
above. This bullet is now available
at Cabela's for Reloaders'
Whisky Chamberlain of Idaho took 15 consecutive
elk, all one shot kills, with a straight .243 Winchester, --I believe
with the right bullet and will placed and proper ranged shots, the .243
and .243/06 Wildcat ought to be adequate on elk. I don't want to buy a
larger caliber rifle just to go elk hunting a time or two. Therefore,
.243 Winchester should be considered adequate for light boned
whitetail deer as well as for the largest buck mule deer. Shot
with the bullets terminal performance will always be the key to quick
You can look at the various ballistic tables I have on the Net and determine the approximate outer range limit your cartridge and selected bullet will be capable of killing a deer with a well placed shot. If you can't put the bullet in the vital kill zone don't take the shot no matter how capable the cartridge you're using is at that range.
Only the Running Leads are all 85 grain Sierra HPBT loads, which are very close to the 100 gr. Hornady Interlock BTSP #2453 loads. Remember lead figures are always in feet, and you are always figuring your lead from the heart/lung area. It is better to over lead than to under lead, miss clean or drop them in their tracks. The longer range leads beyond 150 yards are merely for illustration purposes and normally should not be taken! Shooting at running game is more dangerous, don't take the shot unless you know it is safe! Your proven range shooting skills on moving silhouette targets will help determine the shots you may take in the field. One hundred to 150 yards will usually be the limit.
Position your feet and body properly before you attempt the shot. If you shoot right handed the left side of your body should be towards the target, weight on the balls of your feet. Practice your stance and body pivot every chance you get with dry firing. Swing the horizontal cross hair through the center of the deer's body, squeeze off your shot when the lead looks right, and be sure to keep swinging, —follow through during and after the shot.
Always swing through from behind so you are following any vertical angle of ascent or descent of the moving target.
lead information in your
practice visualization leads in your own mind and with your rifle,
squeezing the trigger and following through! It works for me and it
will for you, too! Visualizing in your mind the various combination of
shots and angles—conditions your brain's reflex habits and will make a
huge difference in your shooting abilities on running game. I no longer
claim to be a sharpshooter as I have a lot of handicaps these days.
probably made a lot of enemies posting the reality concerning leading
game, as I have heard every imaginable story of how, "the critter
was running at top speed 300 yards away
broadside and I held on his nose and blew his brains out." "Oh yes,
mag bullet gets there at the speed of light." Well, if you were
shooting the above 7mm Ultra Mag with a 140 grain Nosler Partition
@ 3425mv and the deer was running broadside at 30mph/44fps at 300-yards
(no cross winds) bullet flight time is .296-sec X's 44-fps, you would
have to lead his brain by 13' feet!
That's pure unchangeable ballistics math that can't be modified much by
a mere miscalculation of what happened. At any rate what I put on the
is very close to the required lead, barring a lot of other factors I
list here; you can probably think of a number of them.
This Sierra 85 grain HPBT bullet
was rated as a number one
kill whitetail deer cartridge bullet combination! The 95 grain SST's
group as good in my .243 Win., so am going with the 85's or the 100
Hornady's in it. Therefore, for the 2002 deer season, this 243-06
100 gr. Hornady Interlock BTSP #2453 | B.C., .405 | will outperform the
based 95 grain SST, which groups good but does not have the energy at
range that the 100 grain Hornady Interlock BTSP #2453 bullet using 60
of H-1000 has in this Wildcat cartridge.
up-coming 2006 WI deer season I will
100 grain Hornady Interlock bullet in both rifles on Whitetail deer. In
heavy timber and cover I will use my lighter .243
22" barrel, now mounted with a 4X power weaver scope.
more open areas with long range shooting
opportunities --goes to my deadly 243/06 Wildcat rifle with 100
grain Hornady Interlock bullets,
with the Bushnell
isn't too windy I'm going to
this 55 grain in my .243 Winchester with a 4 by 12X scope for
fox hunting and anything smaller. The 55 grain Nosler ballistic tip
bullet doesn't hold up in the wind and its energy drops off rather
fast. I believe the 55 grain
bullet is too fragile and lacks SD for large dog coyotes.
Density (SD) is the
of bullet shape, here is a list of 6mm
SD's: 55-gr .133 -SD;
70-gr .169; 75-gr .181; 80-gr
.194; Deer, 87-gr .210; 90-gr .218;
95-gr .230; 100-gr .242. Here's the SD equation: SD
ratio of bullet weight to the square if the bullets diameter.
6mm 55 grain Nosler bullet (
has a higher BC than the 55 grain bullet .224 bullet which has a
higher .157-SD; 60-gr
is .171-SD. Otherwise, it's
wildcat 95% of the time on coyotes, with the 87 grain V-Max bullet, SD
.210, BC .400.
Many deer have been
dropped in their tracks when shot with .243's 6mm rounds. Shot placement means a lot, bullet construction is critical in
smaller diameter bullets, however adequate sectional density is important
in any bullet for large deer. The .243, even shooting 100 grain Hornady
Interlocks hand loaded with mild not hot loads, will go through a
shoulder into the vitals for a kill at most reasonable ranges.
Now I have the
100-gr. CLUB bullet for my 243 Win & 243/06 Wildcat for
penetration & terminal performance on large deer & Elk at close
& medium ranges.
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POSTED: 11/12/07; Edited: 12/14/07