I have a NOE mold that makes a 74 gr plain base and gas check one. I am not finding any load data for it. I'm using a 14 bhn alloy. So I'm looking for suggestions on loads .. It's a 243 cal. I was thinking I might be able to use 84 gr data,just reduce it some. I have a bunch of Winchester wst on hand as well. Thanks for any advice..
Load suggestions 74 gr bullets
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You start low and work up anyway. You'll be okay using the heavier bullet data.
Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest
I use an NOE .22 bullet that weighs 80-82 grains. Sadly out of print but 4756 works good. I did recently find that WST can work. CBA Pres John Alexander has success with Tite Group.
Had a damaged Lyman 243 mold I salvaged by milling it down and making it a plain base and about that weight range. Only shot it subsonic with 4-5 grs Bullseye in a Rem 788. Accuracy was excellent and no leading but never went past 50 yards with it. I sold the mold and rifle years ago and when I moved here five years ago cleaned out a lot of stuff so don't have my notes on what mold it was.
Assuming you have the NOE 243-74-FN-C5;
- Go to the NOE website
- Click on Bullet Dimensions
- Click on 243 bullet size
- Click on 245-74-FN-C5
- There is a chart with data for 243 Win.
It's limited data, but it's something to start with.
For data on a variety of bullet weights;
- Go to NOE website
- Click on Loading Data
- Click on Load Data by Cartridge
- Type 243 in empty box below 'Filters Active', 243 Win. will come up in the box
- Click on the # to the right of 243 Win.
- Feast your eyes on data for a variety of NOE bullet weights
Edit: Please read and heed the disclaimers and warnings on the NOE website.
Not a powder suggestion but a velocity suggestion from experience With the plain base and your BHN-14 alloy keep velocity under 1500 fps with a best target velocity of 1300 fps. With your gas checked version and your BHN-14 alloy keep velocity under 2000 fps with a best target velocity of 1700 fps. The best target velocity is the velocity at which you should easily find good accuracy. . If you are not getting good accuracy at the target velocity reduce rather than increase velocity.
Appreciate your help on that. I have a few loaded to test. Maybe today if the rain holds off..
Sauer 101 Scandic carbine, caliber .243 Winchester. Bullet: SAECO 80 grain GC, linotype, sized 0.244". My best loads:
#2400 - 12.3 grains, measured, 1656 fps
Steel - 9.5 grains (by weight), 1692 fps
Both grouped (20X scope, sandbagged fore and aft) an average of 1.34" at 100 yds, standard deviation 0.38". 5 shot groups.
Sadly, I sold the rifle, but it was one of the most accurate that I have ever owned. Good luck! Good shooting.
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