So I have been working on my first dedicated long range rifle this year, project was supposed to be budget long range build..Originally I was going to convert my old 25/06 into a 6.5 sherman.. but I procrastinated, as I do and then tripped on a good deal at a local pawn shop that got me started down a different path. I picked up a savage model 10 with accu trigger in 300wsm, then started ordering parts.
Build consists of:
Savage 10 $300
Bell and Carlson Medalist $227
McGowan 28" stainless $375
Stainless recoil lug $28
Stainless Trigger guard $23
Weaver tactical base $20
Warne 30mm rings $40
Leupold MK4 3.5 10 $675(ebay)
100 Norma 270wsm brass $110
box of 140 vlds $35
box of 140 nosler ABs $35
Had barrel put head spaced $50
Sold factory barrel and stock
on ebay $-50
Grand total, $1850
not couting primer or powder cause i have lots of that sitting around.
Accu trigger is breaking clean at 3lbs and will probably get replaced or adjusted.
Groups are already starting to break the .5 inch mark at 100 with the accubonds, the bergers are a little more picky I have got a few groups under an inch. velocity is creeping past 3300 with primers just starting to flatten out, I can deffintaly go faster but the accuracy with the hotter loads isnt there (yet) I will probably replace the bolt head with one from PTG. All this for that one shot in a spot I have been hunting my whole life and didnt know I could shoot cause its 650-750 yards and I never thought i could...Stay tuned for more range results, and hopefully a picture of a dead deer.......
Thats what I was thinking, my 25/06 will hit at those distances, but I thought a little more bullet and speed wouldn't hurt anything...trying some once fired brass next trip to the range, also read something concerning the vlds and seating depth might try and seat then in father savage short mag and the throat have me kinda perplexed. I can only get them out around 2.9 mag capacity of 1 figured it to be a single shot anyways. I am going to push then back towards suggested oal, also going to try vh powder if I can find any in town..
Good looking rig, it seems as though the 6.5WSM is getting a good bit of love the past 6 months or so .
Don't forget to post your kill pics.
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Got back to the range finally..scrapped the bergers for now as I just cant get them to shoot. Settled on a load(its about time) 140 accubonds seated 2.874 over 65.5gr h1000 federal magnum primers. velocity is averaging about 3220, Temperature is around 55 degrees compared to 80 last time I checked. smallest group measured .386 that will have to do, now to make some more clean the barrel and shoot one to see where it hits get zeroed fire at distance and hope it stays consistent then...cross fingers and hope to see a deer, who knows maybe an elk under ideal conditions at 300 to 500 yards..