Product Info for Norma Whitetail .243 Winchester 100gr Brass Cased Centerfire Rifle Ammunition
The .243 Win. was originally a wildcat designed by Warren Page who necked down the .308 case in the early fifties. The goal was to make a light deer rifle which would still have the advantages of the high-velocity .22-calibers for varmint hunting. In 1955 Winchester made it a commercial round. The .243 is a very popular round all over the world for hunting medium sized game, probably due to its flat trajectory and very mild recoil. Surprisingly enough its popularity never reached the same degree when it comes to varmint hunting in spite of the .243 bullets better wind-bucking capabilities.
In Europe, however, the .243 suffers from the fact that only in Scotland does it meet the legal requirements for a big game cartridge to be used on anything larger than roe deer.
For small game and varmint hunting bullets in the 70-85 grain range are suitable, but normally the expansion of theses bullets are too rapid to give the necessary penetration needed for quick kill on larger game from pronghorn antelope and upwards. For this bullets weighing 90-100 grains are a much better choice. Although one shot kills have been made on much larger animals than Mule Deer, the .243 is not an elk rifle by any reasonable standard.
For hunting edible birds and fox the full metal jacketed bullets will do a much better job than the equivalent bullets in .22-caliber does.
Norma Whitetail .243 Winchester 100gr Brass Cased Centerfire Rifle Ammunition:
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Number of Rounds: 20
Bullet Type: Pointed Soft Point (PSP)
Bullet Weight: 100 grain
Cartridge Case Material: Brass
Package Type: Box
Primer Location: Centerfire
G1 Ballistic Coefficient: 0.257
Application: Medium Game
The .243 Winchester (6×52mm) is a popular sporting rifle cartridge. Developed as a versatile short action cartridge to hunt both medium game and small game alike, it “took whitetail hunting by storm” when introduced in 1955, and remains one of the most popular whitetail deer cartridges. It is also commonly used for harvesting blacktail deer, pronghorns and mule deer with heavier rounds, and is equally suited to varmint hunting with lighter rounds. The .243 is based on a necked down .308 Winchester, introduced only three years earlier. Expanding monolithic copper bullets of approximately 80 to 85 grains or traditional lead rounds of 90 to 105 grains with controlled expansion designs are best suited for hunting medium game, while lighter rounds are intended for varmints.[6