243 Ballistics Tables From All Major Ammunition Manufacturers

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243 Ballistics Charts

Barnes Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Barnes VOR-TX 243 Win 80 grain TTSX BT Ballistics Chart

Barnes VOR-TX 243 Win 80 grain TTSX BT Ballistics table

Browning Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Browning BXV 243 Win 65 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Browning BXV 243 Win 65 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Browning Max Point 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Browning Max Point 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Browning Max Point 243 Win 100 grain Ballistics Chart

Browning Max Point 243 Win 100 grain Ballistics table

Federal Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Federal 243 Win 85 grain Trophy Copper Ballistics Chart

Federal 243 Win 85 grain Trophy Copper Ballistics table

Federal 243 Win 85 grain TSX Ballistics Chart

Federal 243 Win 85 grain TSX Ballistics table

Federal 243 Win 90 grain ELD-X Ballistics Chart

Federal 243 Win 90 grain ELD-X Ballistics table

Federal 243 Win 95 grain Hybrid Hunter Ballistics Chart

Federal 243 Win 95 grain Hybrid Hunter Ballistics table

Federal 243 Win 100 grain Partition Ballistics Chart

Federal 243 Win 100 grain Partition Ballistics table

Federal Fusion 243 Win 95 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Federal Fusion 243 Win 95 grain SP Ballistics table

Federal Power-Shok 243 Win 80 grain JSP Ballistics Chart

Federal Power-Shok 243 Win 80 grain JSP Ballistics table

Federal Power-Shok 243 Win 100 grain JSP Ballistics Chart

Federal Power-Shok 243 Win 100 grain JSP Ballistics table

Federal Power-Shok Copper 243 Win 85 grain HP Ballistics Chart

Federal Power-Shok Copper 243 Win 85 grain HP Ballistics table

Federal Varmint & Predator 243 Win 75 grain JHP Ballistics Chart

Federal Varmint & Predator 243 Win 75 grain JHP Ballistics table

Federal Varmint & Predator 243 Win 75 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Federal Varmint & Predator 243 Win 75 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Fiocchi Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 243 Win 100 grain PSP Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 243 Win 100 grain PSP Ballistics table

Fiocchi Hyperformance 243 Win 90 grain Scirocco Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Hyperformance 243 Win 90 grain Scirocco Ballistics table

Fiocchi Hyperformance 243 Win 95 grain SST Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Hyperformance 243 Win 95 grain SST Ballistics table

Fiocchi KnockDown 243 Win 80 grain Copper HP Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi KnockDown 243 Win 80 grain Copper HP Ballistics table

Hornady Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Hornady American Whitetail 243 Win 100 grain InterLock Ballistics Chart

Hornady American Whitetail 243 Win 100 grain InterLock Ballistics table

Hornady Custom 243 Win 87 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Custom 243 Win 87 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Hornady Custom Lite 243 Win 87 grain SST Ballistics Chart

Hornady Custom Lite 243 Win 87 grain SST Ballistics table

Hornady Outfitter 243 Win 80 grain CX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Outfitter 243 Win 80 grain CX Ballistics table

Hornady Precision Hunter 243 Win 90 grain ELD-X Ballistics Chart

Hornady Precision Hunter 243 Win 90 grain ELD-X Ballistics table

Hornady Superformance 243 Win 95 grain SST Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance 243 Win 95 grain SST Ballistics table

Hornady Superformance Varmint 243 Win 58 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance Varmint 243 Win 58 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Hornady Superformance Varmint 243 Win 75 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance Varmint 243 Win 75 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Norma Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Norma Jaktmatch 243 Win 95 grain FMJ Ballistics Chart

Norma Jaktmatch 243 Win 95 grain FMJ Ballistics table

Norma Oryx 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Norma Oryx 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics table

Norma TIPSTRIKE 243 Win 76 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Norma TIPSTRIKE 243 Win 76 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Norma Whitetail 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Norma Whitetail 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics table

Nosler Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Nosler 243 Win 90 grain E-Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler 243 Win 90 grain E-Tip Ballistics table

Nosler Ballistic Tip 243 Win 70 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler Ballistic Tip 243 Win 70 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Nosler Ballistic Tip 243 Win 90 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler Ballistic Tip 243 Win 90 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 85 grain Ballistics Chart

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 85 grain Ballistics table

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 90 grain AccuBond Ballistics Chart

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 90 grain AccuBond Ballistics table

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 100 grain Partition Ballistics Chart

Nosler Trophy Grade 243 Win 100 grain Partition Ballistics table

Nosler Varmageddon 243 Win 55 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler Varmageddon 243 Win 55 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Nosler Varmageddon 243 Win 70 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler Varmageddon 243 Win 70 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Prvi Partizan Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Prvi Partizan 243 Win 90 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Prvi Partizan 243 Win 90 grain SP Ballistics table

Prvi Partizan 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Prvi Partizan 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics table

Remington Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Remington Core-Lokt 243 Win 100 grain PSP Ballistics Chart

Remington Core-Lokt 243 Win 100 grain PSP Ballistics table

Remington Core-Lokt Copper 243 Win 85 grain HP Ballistics Chart

Remington Core-Lokt Copper 243 Win 85 grain HP Ballistics table

Remington Core-Lokt Tipped 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Remington Core-Lokt Tipped 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Remington High Performance Rifle 243 Win 80 grain PSP Ballistics Chart

Remington High Performance Rifle 243 Win 80 grain PSP Ballistics table

Remington Premier 243 Win 90 grain Scirocco Ballistics Chart

Remington Premier 243 Win 90 grain Scirocco Ballistics table

Remington Premier AccuTip-V 243 Win 75 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Remington Premier AccuTip-V 243 Win 75 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Sellier & Bellot Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 80 grain FMJ Ballistics Chart

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 80 grain FMJ Ballistics table

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 95 grain PTS Ballistics Chart

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 95 grain PTS Ballistics table

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Sellier & Bellot 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics table

Sierra Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Sierra GameChanger 243 Win 90 grain Tipped GameKing Ballistics Chart

Sierra GameChanger 243 Win 90 grain Tipped GameKing Ballistics table

Sierra Outdoor Master 243 Win 100 grain JHP Ballistics Chart

Sierra Outdoor Master 243 Win 100 grain JHP Ballistics table

Sierra Prairie Enemy 243 Win 70 grain BlitzKing Ballistics Chart

Sierra Prairie Enemy 243 Win 70 grain BlitzKing Ballistics table

Winchester Ammunition Ballistics - 243 Winchester

Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 243 Win 55 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 243 Win 55 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 243 Win 95 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Copper Impact 243 Win 85 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Winchester Copper Impact 243 Win 85 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Deer Season XP 243 Win 95 grain Extreme Point Ballistics Chart

Winchester Deer Season XP 243 Win 95 grain Extreme Point Ballistics table

Winchester Power Max Bonded 243 Win 100 grain PHP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Power Max Bonded 243 Win 100 grain PHP Ballistics table

Winchester Power-Point 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Power-Point 243 Win 100 grain SP Ballistics table

Winchester Super-X 243 Win 80 grain SP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Super-X 243 Win 80 grain SP Ballistics table

Winchester Super-X 243 Win 90 grain PHP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Super-X 243 Win 90 grain PHP Ballistics table

Winchester Varmint X 243 Win 58 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Winchester Varmint X 243 Win 58 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Varmint X Lead Free 243 Win 55 grain HP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Varmint X Lead Free 243 Win 55 grain HP Ballistics table

Administrative Note: The information above comes from the manufacturer and is only informational. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load. When manufacturer ballistic data was unavailable, ballistics were calculated using a ballistics calculator.

243 Trajectory Chart

A bullet’s flight path to the target is its trajectory. We often measure the bullet’s elevation in inches of bullet drop, but it’s also measured in minutes of angle (MOA).

A flat trajectory is preferred for long-range shooting because it allows the shooter to make fewer adjustments to compensate for bullet drop. The 308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor are excellent examples of flat-trajectory cartridges, which is why they’re so popular among long-range shooting enthusiasts.

While the 243 Win is not the typical long-range caliber, it has a relatively flat trajectory out to 500 yards downrange thanks to its lightweight projectiles’ relatively high ballistic coefficients. Depending on the load you’re firing, a 243 round typically drops between -30” to -45” at 500 yards.

The 243 Winchester’s low recoil, high velocity, and flat trajectory are why so many varmint and small game hunters love it. However, lightweight projectiles are more susceptible to wind deflection than heavier ones, especially as their velocities decrease.

Below is a sample 243 bullet drop chart that provides a general idea of the 243 Winchester trajectory.

243 Win Elevation Chart

Note: The chart above is an example of one 243 Winchester load, and actual ballistic performance may vary depending on bullet weight, lot, barrel length, and environmental conditions while shooting.

243 Velocity

The bullet’s muzzle velocity is the rate at which it exits the rifle barrel, measured in feet per second (fps).

Generally, a longer barrel length produces a higher muzzle velocity, as it gives the exploding propellant more time to exert its energy against the base of the projectile. Bullet weight and bullet design also play significant roles in how much velocity a projectile will exhibit downrange.

For example, heavier bullets tend to have lower muzzle velocities than lighter ones, and polymer-tipped hollow point boat tail projectiles tend to conserve velocity more efficiently than traditional soft point bullets.

Handloads also tend to have higher velocities than factory-loaded ammo – hence one reason why reloading is so popular among dedicated shooting enthusiasts.

The muzzle velocity of factory ammo will range from 3,900 fps to 2,800 fps, which isn’t bad considering the overall length of the cartridge and its variety of bullet weights.

243 Energy

A bullet’s energy is measured in foot pounds (ft lbs). Muzzle energy reflects the force with which a bullet exits the barrel. Heavier bullets tend to have higher muzzle energy, although velocity is also a significant factor.

A higher muzzle energy usually means the round has more recoil. Since the 243 Win fires lighter projectiles, it has relatively little recoil, making it an excellent cartridge to introduce someone to rifle shooting.

Lightweight projectiles conserve relatively less energy downrange. For instance, an 80-grain copper hollow point exiting the barrel at 3,415 fps has a muzzle energy of 2,072 ft lbs; by the time it reaches the 500-yard mark, it retains only 764 ft-lbs of energy. Conversely, a 100-grain pointed soft point exiting the barrel at 3,200 fps has a muzzle energy of 2,274 ft lbs; at 500 yards, it will possess 977 ft-lbs of energy.

This is why shot placement becomes even more critical as you increase the distance from your target when harvesting game animals with your Ruger or Savage hunting rifle.

243 Effective Range

The 243 Winchester is a popular cartridge due to its versatility. It is used to hunt big game like whitetail deer, mule deer, and antelope, as well as medium-sized game animals like hogs and coyotes. It also excels as a varmint hunting cartridge.

Though it doesn’t have the knockdown power of other hunting rifle rounds, such as the 308 Win or 300 PRC, it still has a respectable effective range.

The 243’s effective range is much shorter when antelope and deer hunting: typically about 300 yards. You can stretch it to 400 yards when varmint hunting and about 750 yards when target shooting.

Frequently Asked Questions

The team at Ammo.com has rounded up and answered some of the most commonly asked questions regarding 243 ballistics.

What is the G1 BC of a 243 Ballistic Silvertip 95 grain?

The G1 BC of a 243 ballistic SilverTip 95 grain bullet is 0.400.

What are the best .243 Winchester loads for long-range shooting?

The best .243 Winchester loads for long-range shooting are 115-grain bullets pushing 3,150 fps. The 105-grain Berger VLD, 105-grain Hornady A-MAX, and 107-grain Sierra MatchKing also make excellent long-range 243 bullets.

What is the muzzle velocity of a .243 Winchester with a 100-grain bullet?

The muzzle velocity of a .243 Winchester round with a 100-grain bullet ranges between 2,850 fps and 3,200 fps.

What is the maximum effective range of a .243 for varmint hunting?

400 yards is the maximum effective range of a .243 cartridge for varmint hunting.

What is the effective range of a 243 bullet?

The effective range of a 243 bullet is about 750 yards for target shooting and 400 yards for hunting small game.

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