Hornady 105gr BTHP vs. 108gr ELD Match

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  1. J0HN_R1

    J0HN_R1

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    Howdy y'all ! This is my 1st thread here, so please take it easy on me ! ;) I just finished building a .243win "precision" rifle.

    After Hornady discontinued the 6mm 105gr Amax, there was a gap between them disappearing from shelves & the new ELD's showing up. Atleast in Canada there was.

    I started reloading the 105gr BTHP Match instead, because of the similarities to the Amax. Then I got a new custom barrel, and just finished working up a load for it (under 100 rds so far) with the BTHP's.

    Now, ~3 months later, the ELD's show up. And I've found a spot where I save $15/box vs. Cabelas... I bought a box of the 108gr ELD Match, I couldn't resist.

    I've loaded up 25 rds to start, but haven't had a chance to shoot them yet (too cold or snowing too much, typical Canadian weather 'eh ! LoL).


    The $64,000 question is, has anyone here loaded both projectiles and what are your thoughts/conclusions in hindsight ? Is one better than the other ?

    I'm wondering if it's worth it to switch to the 108gr ELD, when the 105gr BTHP is almost ballistically identical and it's not shooting too bad (see below) from my new barrel ?

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  2. J0HN_R1

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    Anyone ?

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  3. LOBO2

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    What caliber?
     
  4. tonysnoo

    tonysnoo Gold $$ Contributor

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    I tried both, but never got the bthp to work like the Amax. When I tried the ELD it was in comparison with the 108 berger. The berger works so much more consistently for me in multiple calibers.
     
  5. Sheldon N

    Sheldon N Silver $$ Contributor

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    I've shot a bunch of BTHP in 6 Dasher. Super accurate at 100 yards, but they got pushed around in the wind a lot more than Berger 105 hybrids. I was using a .246 G7 BC for the BTHP, which is pretty poor.
     
  6. J0HN_R1

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    Sorry y'all... It's a .243win, 22" bbl w/1:8" twist. About 80rds thru it, it's a brand-new barrel.
     
  7. Rob01

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    I have loaded the 105 BTHP in my .243 and they shoot great pushed by H4350 at 3070fps. Shot them in some matches out to longer ranges and the accuracy held tight. Farthest i shot a group was 700 and it was about 3". Can't complain about that.

    I shoot the 108s in my 6 Creedmoor with factory ammo but haven't loaded them up yet for it. Both shoot great and have very similar ballistics. I would say try a box of the 108s and see how they work for you in your rifle. If the 105s work better then you are only out the cost of a box. Loads will be similar.
     
  8. ranger3

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    My 243 really likes the 105 bthp by Hornady as well as Berger 105 hybrids.105 Amax were OK but not quite the same. All with H4350. Am going to try RL17.
     
  9. LOBO2

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    What load were you using with H4350 & the 105 BTHP? Did the BC of the bullet in the real world match what Hornady has it listed as (.530)?

    What load data should I use with the 108's? Should I use 107 gr SMK data as a start point?
     

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