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243 ruger m77 mark 2 worth reloading for
May 12th, 2018 at 10:28am
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Currently load for my 7mm mag

But was thinking of doing up my old child hood 243 just with a surprisor and start reloading for it and put new scope on it ,just wondering if its worth spending the money on this gun

How far are the 243s good to kill out to  ,

What projectile and powder would use start with ,

Want a gun that is nice n quiet
Would it kill a deer at 400 500m manly would just use in bush but like playing round with long range some times
Or should I sell it n try a 308 and surpress  that ?

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Re: 243 ruger m77 mark 2 worth reloading for
Reply #1 - May 12th, 2018 at 12:49pm
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ok you asked so here goes......PERSONALLY I believe 300yards is getting out there for the .243 but lets face it 99% of deer are shot under 150yards anyway,youve already got a 7mm mag for the trips you intend to go out onto tops or poke around where long shot will be the norm. you can use your EBRG/2forfree for the other times.......where you think 99% of chance will be less than long range,and if the stag of lifetime just happens to be at 400-600 yards well you will just have to stalk closer or leave and come back.
YES definately worth reloading for as you will be able to taylor your loads to what you want to shoot,cant see what part of country you are from but goats/wallabies/fallow would be ideal 80-87grn fodder and reds bog std 100grn stuff.(think its a 87grn hornady most guys load)
or you could just buy fed bluebox 100 grn and shoot everything with it Grin Grin
why not reload for it???? is a better question.
you can go right down to 55grn superhot rod loads now I believe...that would make wallabies/hares into pink mist and would be easier by far than the 7mm mag on  wallet,shoulder and ears Grin
if you have recoil sensitive mate/Mrs/kids who you want to take out shooting, the now tamed down suppressed twoforfree is pretty darn close to ideal
Im sure the EBRG brigade will chime in soon buts thats my thoughts.
  
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Re: 243 ruger m77 mark 2 worth reloading for
Reply #2 - May 12th, 2018 at 3:11pm
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Micky gives some very good valid reasons!

You might aswell reload for it... you have all the gear... just need the dies and some extra bits but you've got all the reloading gear as it is!

There's a big selection on projectiles for for the .243 where it comes down to what your wanting to achieve.

This is a thread i started some time ago when i bought my .243 and was looking at projectiles... in the end I settled on some 95 gr Targex projectiles made right here in NZ and they've been awesome.

Check out the thread on other members thoughts on .243 projectiles

www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1329948023
  

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Reply #3 - May 12th, 2018 at 5:45pm
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EBRG?
What does that stand for?
  
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Ear Burrowing Rat Gun....stick it far enough in the ear and it will kill ok Grin Grin Grin
  
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Reply #5 - May 14th, 2018 at 12:49pm
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Oi, wears your manners mate ?  Grin Grin
  
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Reply #6 - May 14th, 2018 at 9:18pm
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Sierra 85gr GK with 44gr ADI 2209.Barnes 85gr TSX,same brew.
  
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Thanks for the info . Where can you get the targex projectiles from , like the sound of these might start with the 95gr
  
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Reply #8 - May 17th, 2018 at 9:05pm
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Ive seen them on trademe.....
  
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Re: 243 ruger m77 mark 2 worth reloading for
Reply #9 - May 18th, 2018 at 9:48pm
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I have one of the original M77 RLS models. .243
I've tried a variety of loads 55gr & 95gr Nosler BT's.
The 70gr Targex were very good. I even tried 125gr Lapua's when they were available early on but it didn't like those.

Currently running 38.7gr of 2209 behind a Hornady 95gr SST. Been using this for a few years and very happy with it.

Good advise from Micky Duck - use it within a sensible range. Yours and the calibres Wink. Know when to pass up an animal or get closer.
  
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