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#190535 - 03/16/18 09:17 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Hendog]
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243 Win, 6 Creed, 6 Dasher or BRX will all do a great job.
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#191849 - 04/11/18 06:03 AM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Hendog]
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I have one. Works like a champ.

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#192778 - 06/03/18 11:42 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Zee]
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For 14 inch encore do you use the same load data as for rifles or are there other considerations when hand loading for 14 inch barrels?

I have my dad's encore and would like to reload. Is there reloading data specific for short barrel rifle cartridges?

Thanks!
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#192781 - 06/04/18 09:52 AM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Smokin284]
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Here is my take on it, but I would love to hear what some of the others have to say.
There are a few reloading manuals that have specific sections discussing reloading for the TC Contender and Encore platforms. Typically this is because the Contender or Encore frames will be loaded a bit differently (hotter, different bullet choices due to single shot configuration or non-standard bullet weights) then the traditional platform that the cartridge would normally be used in (45 colt is an example, low power loads for safety in most revolvers, higher power loads for a few stronger revolvers and break open TC guns). When you get to bottle neck rifle cartridges those differences largely disappear (the contender is often not suitable for use due to action strength). Barrel length would point toward faster powders vs slower powders listed by manufacturers to help optimize the load and reduce flash.
The contender/encore specific recipes are good references to figure out optimum bullet/velocity combinations for what you want to do. Often this means lower weight bullets to keep the velocity up for hunting, but it depends on what you want to do with it.

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#192785 - 06/04/18 01:15 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: karl]
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I keep it really simple. Most of my Encore and Contender barrels are made by SSK. I use their load data.
On the few regular Encore barrels I use rifle data minus 1 1/2 gr. for safety and less stress on the gun.
My only regular Contender barrel is a .223. I use rifle data for this for the last 41 years.
The only two guns I had problems with was a SSK .45-70 barrel with 3000+ rounds and a stretched frame and a .416 Taylor Encore barrel with a stretched frame from excessive use of AFrames (no longer recommended by SSK due to increased pressures). Both frames were replaced by T/C.

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#192801 - 06/04/18 09:37 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Smokin284]
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 Originally Posted By: Smokin284
For 14 inch encore do you use the same load data as for rifles or are there other considerations when hand loading for 14 inch barrels?

I have my dad's encore and would like to reload. Is there reloading data specific for short barrel rifle cartridges?

Thanks!


Hornady has separate data for several rifle cartridge Encore handguns. They tend to be a grain or so lower than rifle data with the same bullets and powders.

I tend to use some of the faster burning powders listed for the cartridge to maximize performance. IMR 4064 does really well.
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#192853 - 06/06/18 11:45 AM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Chance Weldon]
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My daughter-in-law Barbara has used a .243 for years and taken several antelope bucks and a mule deer buck with hers.
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#192858 - 06/06/18 06:08 PM Re: The Over Looked .243 [Re: Gregg Richter]
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H-4350 has been my staple powder for the 6XC, 6 Creed, and 243 Winchester. These cartridges are fairly similar in capacity.
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