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Unread 05-21-2012, 10:47 PM
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6.5x284 shooters

How fast are you guys pushing the 140 gr bullets with your 6.5x284? I have a 25-06 rem. with the barrel almost done and am thinking about rebarreling to the 6.5x284. This would be used for long distance deer and antelope only. Reasons that I am wanting to do this is because of the 140 gr Berger and the ability to use Lapua brass.

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Unread 05-21-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 shooters

I'm only pushing mine @ 2850-2875. In both of the 6.5x284 I've built, this seems to be the most accurate using 45.5 gr of h4350.
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Unread 05-21-2012, 11:04 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 shooters

I run the 140's at about 2865 fps from a 25" barrel. I've run them up to 2950+ in this rifle with good accuracy.

I'm confident that the milder load is sufficient to take deer at 800+ yds which is about as far as I can range and stage a shot where we normally hunt. And, it still performs nicely on steel out to 1k.

I have bigger cartridges if I need to reach out farther.

-- richard
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Unread 05-22-2012, 06:06 AM
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Re: 6.5x284 shooters

With the most recent lots of Retumbo I'm getting velocities of 3000-3020 FPS out of two 6.5x284 rifles with 26" barrels and producing consistent .25-.5 MOA. Lapua brass, 140 Hunting Berger VLD's and Fed215's. Older lots were producing velocities of 2965 with the same charge of 59gr. Pressures appear to be the same, as are the ES which are running 10 FPS or less. Interestingly, both my rifles perform best with bullets seated .075" off the lands. I run my hunting loads at 2965 even with the newer lots of Retumbo because I use calibrated turrets. This requires backing off 1.5 gr. with the new lots of Retumbo. I am exclusively a deer and antelope hunter and found that the 140's at 2950+ are deadly from 50-1000 yards. No bullet blow up, and complete penetration, 1" entrance, 2-3" exit wounds on broadside shots.

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Unread 05-22-2012, 07:35 AM
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2950 with 4831sc.

26 inch barrel.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 04:58 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 shooters

2950 with H4350 28 inch barrel.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 08:31 AM
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Re: 6.5x284 shooters

Berger 140 VLD

2960 with H4831SC and a 29" barrel

Fairly mild load in my rifle
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