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    I'm currently working up a load with 95gr BT's and 95gr Berger VLD's in my daughters 243Win. So far it's looking pretty good.

    I have used this powder with my 375 Ruger under 300gr TSX's. I have also used it with 180gr BT's in a 300WM and 180gr Accubond's and 200gr Partitions in a 30-06. Basically any where 4350's works so does RL-17 and good at that.

    An interesting side note... The fired cases are very very clean, no black residue, still can see the brass deep inside. This powder is quite interesting.

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    What a coincidence. I put together 50 test rounds for my .243 with RL-17 and 85gr Barnes TSX. I'll share my info when I go shoot.
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    If you are looking for a plinking/low recoil round try some of the IMR Trail Boss powder. I noticed they had reduced recoil loads on their website and gave some a try in my kids .243 today. It felt and sounded like a 22 going off and still shot sweet groups. The point of impact was quit a bit lower but it will be great for letting my kids get familiar with the rifle and just having some fun at closer distances than the full power loads.

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    let me know your loads- I'm experimenting with the 243 and RL17 as well with the 85gr tsx. This powder shows a lot of promise for a lot fo calibers

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    I'll pass my info, I've been busy with school and hunting and haven't had a chance to shoot yet. This weekend I'm going to make it happen.
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    Me too, samples loaded up but slammed with work, training and family. Planning on a range trip in 10-12 days. Bullets loaded up for the 243 are 95gr Berger VLD's, 95gr Nosler BT's to follow.

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    I've never loaded RL-17, but there is no reason it shouldn't work well. I've found that RL-19 is a very verstatile powder for the .243 as well. I run mine with a 95 gr SST with 44.5 and 45 grains of RL-19 on top of a CCI 200. Very fast and accurate load for the .243.

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    I lied, I was using RL-19. Here are my results anyways:

    Remington 9 1/2 primer
    44.5 gr = 2.452"
    45 gr = 1.714"
    45.5 gr = .777"
    46 gr = 1.012"

    CCI 200 Primer
    44.5 gr = 2.759"
    45 gr = 1.200"
    45.5 gr = .728"
    46 gr = 1.112"

    I'm going back out to the range this weekend to try and repeat the grouping with the 45.5gr and 46gr loads. I'm going to use the CCI primers since that's what I have the most of. According to the book I should be in the 3300 fps range which is good enough for me. I just want accuracy.
    Finally, Brad Childress is GONE!

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