Finally got my Savage 112BVSS in 6.5X284 up and running this weekend. I bought it 3/13/10 in Va. but due to an impending move to Ga. on 4/01/10 for a new job, I waited to set it up after arriving. I bought some railroad ties last weekend and got them cut and moved in to place for my backstops.
I started load development with the only suitable bullets I had on hand; Sierra 120gn MK. This bullet with 54.0 and 53.5gn of AA3100 and a BR2 primer produces .3's in this rifle at 100yds.
I also had 5 100gn Ballistic Tips that I loaded with 54.5gn of the same powder and used them first, so they produced the first group in this brand new Savage and it measured .327". Nice way to start it off I thought.
Today after running the figures through JBM I came up with 5.3 MOA of come up (300yd zero). The wind was dead at the 500yd target but half way I had a gusting 3/4 value wind of 5-12mph. I had just shot my .243 and .300WinMag at the same distance, so I kinda had a feel for the wind. I dialed in 5.5 MOA up and 1.5 MOA left and let the wind midway die down a little. All three shots felt good and I was pleased when I arrived at the target.
CTC measured 2.4325". This group consisted of the 33rd, 34th and 35th bullet down the barrel! Gotta love them Savages! JohnnyK.