What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

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What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by SteveD » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:02 pm

If you are shooting any 6mm/243 cartridge such as 6BR, 6 Creedmore, 243 Win, 6mm Remington, 6 CX, 6X47 Lapua or any other cartridge or variant, what bullet are you using on Rams? What other bullets have you tried?

Please share any experiences, results, thoughts, postulations, future plans and snide comments you may have. %-( :D Please limit the conversation to 6mm/243

If you would also share what bullet you are using for C, P and T, that would be helpful too.

I have Sierra 107gr MK's (the new pointier version) for C, P and T and I have a few other bullets to try for Rams when I get back to Phoenix. I talked a the Hornady Rep at the SHOT Show last week. He seemed to understand the question and had some input. Based on his recommendation I am going to try some Hornady ELD-X bullets. They introduced them a few years ago but initially didn't have a 6mm/243 offering. I think they introduced that last year. The claim a G1 BC of .512 so you give up quite a bit in wind deflection at Rams but maybe the construction will make up for it.

I asked the Hornady Rep about their bonded bullets. He explained that the methods used for bonding did not allow the concentricity of the core to be adequately controlled, even if a post bonding swaging step was added. That would explain why I keep hearing that bonded bullets "just don't shoot". He went on to say that the construction ELD-X was Hornady's answer to providing a tough bullet that will shoot. I don't expect it to keep up with a Berger, SMK or DTAC (also made my Sierra) but perhaps it will be good enough.




To summarize reports thus far;

Sierra 107gr Matchking, 2
Sierra 110gr Matchking, 1
DTAC 115gr, 2
Hornady 105 V-Max, 1

110 SMk traveling 2809fps, 8 out of 9

107 MKs with good results on rams. Lost a few but that's a given with the light bullets.

Sierra 107's at 2850 fps for the rams and didn't loose very many. a low shot right above the front leg was the big looser and the back half of the animal was the place to hit with the most success

115grain D-Tac bullets for rams, velocity is 2650fps

Hornady 105 v-max, 243 Winchester. No success rate reported

I know of someone else using DTAC 115's that is not on this site very often
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by Another Dang 9 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:52 pm

When I shot my .243 win I was using the 107 MKs with good results on rams. Lost a few but that's a given with the light bullets.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by Jerry G » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:09 pm

I also used the Sierra 107's at 2850 fps for the rams and didn't loose very many. a low shot right above the front leg was the big looser and the back half of the animal was the place to hit with the most success.

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Post by cslcAl » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:49 pm

I’m using a Sierra 110 MK in my 6BR. The BC is .617. I will be shooting my first match with them at Ben Avery this Sunday. I report back later.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by kevinbear » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:26 pm

I use 115grain D-Tac bullets for rams and 95gr sierra matchkings for the closer targets although I'm thinking about going to 107's because I've lost a couple of pigs. Velocity is 2650fps with 115's and 2750fps with 95's from my 6x47 Remington. I've heard that the 115's are made by sierra for David Tubb, regardless they're amazing in the wind but don't always topple the ram targets.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by danthebulldog » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:53 pm

I used the Hornady 105 v-max, and the powder I used was imr 4064, I don’t remember what grains I used. It worked great for me when I would use my 243 Winchester.

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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by SteveD » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:12 pm

Sierra does make the DTAC 115. It is one of the bullets I have in my back pocket if all else fails and I want to avoid going to 6.5BR. Rumor has it that it will perform adequately with an 8 twist barrel.

I think the ELD-X is supposed to be similar to the A-Max in ballistic performance but more heavily constructed for penetration.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by SteveD » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:03 pm

cslcAl wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:49 pm
I’m using a Sierra 110 MK in my 6BR. The BC is .617. I will be shooting my first match with them at Ben Avery this Sunday. I report back later.
I hope I hit some!!!

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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by DavidABQ » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:24 am

Will a 6mm even knock over a ram?

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Post by SteveD » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:44 pm

DavidABQ wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:24 am
Will a 6mm even knock over a ram?
I have seen it happen but hitting the Ram seems to be an important prerequisite.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by Doodaddy » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:01 pm

I think Cathy Winstead shoots 6BR and does well with it.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by Another Dang 9 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:23 pm

What twist rates are you guys using with the 110MKs and 115 DTACs?
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by kevinbear » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:34 pm

1-8" twist works well with 115gr. bullets.
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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by cslcAl » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:21 pm

Mine is a 1-7 twist.

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Re: What 6mm/243 bullets are you using on Rams?

Post by ShootingStar » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:41 pm

I thought Cathy uses a 6x47 Lapua for High Power.
Don't forget, you have to have her ability to place the shots where the Ram will fall!!
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