Barnes or Winchester Silvertip .243

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drumbum77

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Which one should I go with for a .243? I was thinking about the Barnes 80 grain TTSX or the 95 grain ballistic silvertips. I've heard pretty good things about both. Thanks ya'll
 

btbones

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Which one should I go with for a .243? I was thinking about the Barnes 80 grain TTSX or the 95 grain ballistic silvertips. I've heard pretty good things about both. Thanks ya'll
I only had experience with the ballistic silvertips in a 270. Most accurate bullet I ever shot and I killed every deer I hit with them. The drawback was what I perceived as a serious lack of expansion. Small exit wounds with little blood trail on heart and lung shots
 

model88_308

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Using a .243, I'd want the best bullet to give me full penetration on any shot. No, I didn't say I'll take any shot. But knowing the terrain I hunt (very thick cover) and also, that I do not have a bench rest in the woods. So, I'd always defer to the deepest penetrating bullet in that caliber, Barnes.
 

Stroker

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Neither. Hornady SST 95 grain has been my go to since they came out about 10 years ago. Deadly on deer.
 
The Barnes bullets are probably the best choice of the two bullets you mentioned. The nosler partitions in 100 grain would do a good job too. You might also take a look at the nosier accubond, it would probably be a good ammo choice as well.
 

GSUQUAD

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My only complaint with Barnes is it doesn't stabilize in my 1:10 twist past 100. Tiny groups at 100 and opens to 4 inches at 200. If you're hunting under 100 yards with a conventional 1:10 twist I'd vote 80 gr Barnes all day long. At 200+ I'd use a shorter cup core lead bullet.
 

Dub

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If your .243 will shoot 'em accurately....then I'd go....without hesitation...with the Barnes.

You never know what type of shot you'll have....

The Barnes will at least give you the confidence to take a shoulder shot if needed.
 
Whichever is the most acurrate in your rifle is the one I would choose. Bullet placement is everything
To an extent. But the bullet has to expand as well as hit where you aim it. A well-placed FMJ or solid will do less damage than a less-perfectly placed softpoint on deer-sized critters. I agree that almost any decent-quality hunting bullet will kill a deer dead if it's put in the right place.
 
Neither. Hornady SST 95 grain has been my go to since they came out about 10 years ago. Deadly on deer.
I have been shooting SSTs in my 7.62x39 AR, and I am very happy with their performance on deer.
 

Buckman18

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We had our first experience with a 243 last weekend, my daughter shot a spike and a hog. She was shooting the 95 gr Winchester XP. I was NOT impressed, and will sell her gun and replace it with a 308 or 7mm08.

On the deer, pencil in, and the bullet ricocheted out the brisket (was standing broadside at 30). No blood. Luckily it only made it 50 yards out of sight. On the hog, bullet entered the shoulder, and never made it to vitals. I shot it with my 300 as it charged us at 4 steps.
 
Buckman, try those Barnes and you'll have a totally different experience. I seriously doubt you'll recover a bullet. I shot a big hog last year and it penetrated 3ft of him and exited. Every other animal shot with them passed through and left good blood or dropped.
 

Buckman18

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Buckman, try those Barnes and you'll have a totally different experience. I seriously doubt you'll recover a bullet. I shot a big hog last year and it penetrated 3ft of him and exited. Every other animal shot with them passed through and left good blood or dropped.
10-4. I’ll order some and try them.
 
Buckman, try those Barnes and you'll have a totally different experience. I seriously doubt you'll recover a bullet. I shot a big hog last year and it penetrated 3ft of him and exited. Every other animal shot with them passed through and left good blood or dropped.
X2 on the Barnes.. Daughter killed a beautiful 8 pointer last week with the 80 grain Barnes and it did a number on him. 140 yard shot too.. right in the shoulder and exited opposite shoulder with about a 1.5 inch hole.. easy 50 yard blood trail
 
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