.243

.243 Winchester ammunition is very common among North American hunters. The round itself is a centerfire, rimless, bottle-necked, .243 caliber rifle cartridge that was introduced by Winchester in 1955 for use in their model 70 bolt action rifle.

Starting with a .308 Winchester case, Winchester's design team reduced the size of the case's neck to accept a .243 caliber bullet in order to create a varmint cartridge with an extremely flat trajectory that was capable of instantly killing larger varmint species (such as Coyotes) than could be humanely taken with the various .22 caliber cartridges. Consequently, this cartridge found immediate success with avid varmint hunters when loaded with lightweight, hollow point or ballistic tip bullets.

It didn’t take long for Eastern deer hunters and Western Antelope hunters to quickly discover that 243 ammo also makes an excellent long range deer and goat cartridge when loaded with 100 grain, soft point, spitzer bullets and it can even be used successfully on Mule Deer at closer ranges when loaded with tough, heavy, bullets.

In fact, with a range of available bullet weights and designs from 58 grain hollow point spitzer bullets to 100 grain soft point spitzer bullets as well as a 105 grain match grade boat tail hollow point bullet and even a 90 grain Full Metal Jacket design to choose from, .243 Win ammo is a very versatile cartridge.

Consequently, due to the 243’s versatility, many hunters choose rifles chambered for this cartridge as their sole hunting rifle and thus, nearly all American firearms manufacturers have chambered one or models of their rifles for this cartridge.

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  1. 20rds – 243 Win Prvi Partizan 100gr. SP Ammo 20rds – 243 Win Prvi Partizan 100gr. SP Ammo

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    $13.49
    $0.67/ppr

    16 In Stock

  2. 20rds – 243 Win Prvi Partizan 90gr. SP Ammo 20rds – 243 Win Prvi Partizan 90gr. SP Ammo

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    $13.55
    $0.68/ppr

    9 In Stock

  3. 20rds - .243 Win. Federal Power-Shok 100gr. SP Ammo 20rds - .243 Win. Federal Power-Shok 100gr. SP Ammo

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    $17.45
    $0.87/ppr

    60 In Stock

  4. 20rds - 243 Winchester Super-X 100gr. Power Point Soft Point Ammo 20rds - 243 Winchester Super-X 100gr. Power Point Soft Point Ammo

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    $17.95
    $0.90/ppr

    40 In Stock

  5. 20rds - 243 Winchester Super-X 80gr. Pointed Soft Point Ammo 20rds - 243 Winchester Super-X 80gr. Pointed Soft Point Ammo
    $19.05
    $0.95/ppr

    6 In Stock

  6. 20rds - 243 Win Remington 100gr. Core-Lokt PSP Ammo 20rds - 243 Win Remington 100gr. Core-Lokt PSP Ammo
    $19.95
    $1.00/ppr

    44 In Stock

  7. 20rds – 243 Win Fiocchi 70gr. PSP Ammo 20rds – 243 Win Fiocchi 70gr. PSP Ammo
    $20.45
    $1.02/ppr

    12 In Stock

  8. 20rds - .243 Win Hornady American Whitetail 100gr. InterLock BTSP Ammo 20rds - .243 Win Hornady American Whitetail 100gr. InterLock BTSP Ammo

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    $21.49
    $1.07/ppr

    22 In Stock

  9. 20rds - 243 Win. Hornady Custom Lite Reduced Recoil 87gr. SST Polymer Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Hornady Custom Lite Reduced Recoil 87gr. SST Polymer Tip Ammo
    $24.95
    $1.25/ppr

    12 In Stock

  10. 20rds - 243 Win Federal Vital-Shok 85gr. Trophy Copper Polymer Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Win Federal Vital-Shok 85gr. Trophy Copper Polymer Tip Ammo

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    $24.95
    $1.25/ppr

    1 In Stock

  11. 20rds - 243 Federal 95gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Federal 95gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo
    $25.95
    $1.30/ppr

    58 In Stock

  12. 20rds – 243 Win Federal 95gr. Berger Hybrid Hunter Ammo 20rds – 243 Win Federal 95gr. Berger Hybrid Hunter Ammo
    $28.00
    $1.40/ppr

    3 In Stock

  13. 20rds - 243 Win Hornady Superformance Varmint 75gr. V-Max Ammo 20rds - 243 Win Hornady Superformance Varmint 75gr. V-Max Ammo
    $28.95
    $1.45/ppr

    18 In Stock

  14. 20rds - 243 Win. Federal Vital-Shok 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Federal Vital-Shok 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo
    $29.95
    $1.50/ppr

    2 In Stock

  15. 20rds - 243 Win. Hornady 80gr GMX Superformance Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Hornady 80gr GMX Superformance Ammo

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    $30.00
    $1.50/ppr

    23 In Stock

  16. 20rds – 243 Win Hornady Precision Hunter 90gr. ELD-X Ammo 20rds – 243 Win Hornady Precision Hunter 90gr. ELD-X Ammo
    $34.00
    $1.70/ppr

    2 In Stock

  17. 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 58gr. V-Max Polymer Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 58gr. V-Max Polymer Tip Ammo
    $34.43
    $1.72/ppr

    7 In Stock

  18. 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 80gr. Hornady GMX Polymer Tip Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 80gr. Hornady GMX Polymer Tip Ammo
    $39.55
    $1.98/ppr

    4 In Stock

  19. 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 85gr. Barnes TSX HP Ammo 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 85gr. Barnes TSX HP Ammo

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    $44.99
    $2.25/ppr

    3 In Stock

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Recent .243 Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    I use this with a CVA Optima V2 handgun for deer hunting, and it works great. Tight groups at 100 yards with a handgun is exceptional to me. I'm talking 1" or better. I have not tried 200 yards, but think 5" or better are realistic with this combination. Quality, and consistency in every round.
    Daniel Winiecki on 20rds - .243 Win. Federal Fusion 95gr. SP Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Number one deer stopping bullet.Great exit wound.
    Derrick Toomer on 20rds – 243 Win Barnes VOR-TX 80gr. TTSX BT Ammo
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    My son used this ammunition to harvest a doe at about 230 yards. The performance of the round was impressive. It was a pass through (including ribs on both sides) and had a very sufficient wound channel. This ammunition was also the most accurate out of about ten kinds tested in his Savage rifle.
    Proud Dad on 20rds - 243 Win. Hornady 80gr GMX Superformance Ammo
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    Black Hills ammo gets a 5 star from my hunting group.
    Outstanding performance on 20rds - 243 Win. Black Hills Gold 85gr. Barnes TSX HP Ammo