.243 with 95gr nosler ballistic tip and Varget

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  1. MTJOE137

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    So I have loaded for lighter 243 bullets with varget but haven’t had much success in accuracy and was told it’s because my barrel twist is two slow. I tried loading 43 grains of varget behing a 95 grain nosler ballistic tip but it blew the primer out of seat which I’ve been told is an overcharge. anybody use varget with heavier bullets? Or know of the best powders to use?
     
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    First off, if it's not a typo, you're about 8 grains over the published maximum charge of Varget for the .243 Winchester with a 95 grain bullet. You're fortunate to only have a blown primer....

    If you were told that your barrel twist was too slow for a light weight bullet, it certainly won't stabilize a longer, heavier bullet.

    However, if you have a 10 twist (or faster) barrel, IMR-4350, N-560 and IMR-4831 are good choices for a 95 grain bullet in the .243 Winchester.

    Get your hands on a few reloading manuals and you'll find a combination that works for you.
     
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    For heavy bullet 243win loads are...

    H-4831 / H-4831sc
    H-4350
    H-1000
    Hybrid 100V
    IMR-4350
    IMR-7828 / 7828ssc
    RL-22
    RL-23
    RL-25
    RL26
    Norma MRP
    Vihtavouri N560
    Vihtavouri N160
    Vihtavouri N-165
    Ramshot Magnum

    Can't go wrong with any of those powders.

    Try 43 to 46 gr of H-4831 (or H-4831sc) with the 95 BalTips and

    40 to 43 gr of H-4350

    If you want data for any of the other powders let us know which powder you're gonna try.

    Varget is good for 55 to 70 grainers in the 243win. It can be used with the heavier bullets but velocity will suffer.
     
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  5. FatBoy

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    I hunt with a 243win, Rem 788. 9.5 twist. My load is Win brass, Nosler 95gr BT and 33.0gr Varget with a 210M primer and it's wicked accurate, though I'm sure very slow. I think this was the Sierra start load and it shot so well I never changed it, but it's been 13 years so double check. Obviously, you should work up but this is a tame load in my old factory chamber.
     
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    For that bullet weight in the 243, IMR 4350 would be an excellent choice.
     
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    I wouldn't waste any more time with Varget for 243 Win no matter what bullet weight. Been there, done that. Just want to help save you some time. H4350, IMR 4350 and IMR 4064 are great. For example, H4350 for 95 gr SMK, but IMR 4064 has given me better accuracy for hunting bullets like the 85 gr SGK and the 100 gr Pro Hunter.
     
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    I've never had any consistent luck with Varget in the 243. H4350, WW760, and 4064 are my go to powders for the 243. Some shooters get great results with slower powders like 4831 and 4831sc. My issues with Varget were lot to lot differences, and consistent availability. The brief time that I tried it it seemed like I was always chasing accuracy. JME.

    And to the OP, I'm not sure where you got load data for starting that high of a load of Varget, but you're one lucky shooter not to be hurt in that deal. Get a loading manual and read some of the safety precautions before you start again. JMHO. WD
     

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