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.243 Winchester Load Data

With the right load, the .243 Winchester shines on the range and in the field; here's some valuable load data and best practices for tight groups.

.243 Winchester Load Data

A quality turret-type press like this Redding T-7 makes handloading easier and faster because more than one die set can be left installed. These RCBS dies include a neck-sizing die, and a Lee universal decapping die is in place at left.

The .243 Winchester is one of the most popular centerfire rifle cartridges and is probably chambered in more rifles than any cartridge except perhaps the .30-06 Springfield. Countless .243 Win. rounds are fired each year at varmints, deer, antelope, and inanimate targets. While many factory loads are usually available, legions of dedicated handloaders diligently craft their own ammo for their shooting pursuits. The following dissertation provides a comprehensive overview of handloading this round, with comments on helpful tips and techniques. Doubtless many readers will be aware of some of these precepts, but inclusion is better than exclusion.

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