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6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

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Unread 06-11-2006, 06:17 PM
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6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

I have a 6mm Remington that I had built as a coyote rig that I am considering taking with me on an Antelope hunt this fall. It consistently shoots in the .3's at 100 yards and I have shot 4" five shot groups with this gun at 550 yards. (I guess I am saying it shoots)
My question for you guys is as follows;
-What would you limit shot distance to on antelope with this caliber?
-What bullets would you suggest? It loves the sierra 70 SMK (my coyote bullet) I was considering trying a sierra 85 game king. From my experience with the 87 vmax, It should push the 85 sierra about 3400 fps.

Looking for suggestions/experience from you guys.

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Unread 06-11-2006, 06:25 PM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

I've used the 85gr SGK od deer up to about 110lbs out of a 243 Win and it worked very well out to 300yds and those were launched about 3100fps if memory serves
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Unread 06-11-2006, 07:59 PM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

85gr barnes triples with h4831sc shoots a hole in my 6mm and gets the job done. I would also limit to 300 to 350yds.


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Unread 06-11-2006, 09:25 PM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

I havent dealt with the sub 30 cal. smk so I cant say on those but I have had excellent results with the 87gr. vmax's on deer up to 300 yrds. I havent had a deer move yet when hit with one.
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Unread 06-11-2006, 10:48 PM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

Funny you mention the 87 Vmax. I just loaded up a bunch with 2 different powders (varget and H-414). I want to get this bullet working for coyote hunting this coming year. I know not the most fur friendly, but should hit them like lightning! Anyone else shoot deer or antelope with the 87 Vmax?
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Unread 06-11-2006, 10:51 PM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting

I am with JD on this one. I have hunted with many different rounds and I have come to the conclusion of sierra, sierra, and sierra. The gamekings will be perfect, and if you see a good one at 500 don't hesitate to take him out.
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Unread 06-12-2006, 07:53 AM
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Re: 6mm Remington for LR antelope hunting


What twist does your rifle have. It sounds like it is set up for lighter bullets so a 1-12 may be in the barrel.

It is really hard for me to recommend a V-Max for use on big game, even pronghorns which are really not that hard to penetrate. An 87 gr V-Max would probably work extremely well but I would feel even better with an 80 gr Ballistic Tip or 95 gr Ballistic Tip.

The Ballistic Tips will penetrate MUCH more consistantly then the V-Max will on game this size.

A 1-12 twist may not handle a 95 gr BT but it certainly would an 80 gr.

Again, the V-Max would probably work just fine on pronghorn but I would personally pass on them for the stouter Ballistic Tip design or go with a bullet such as the Gameking.
Range wise, the 6mm has plenty of punch to harvest pronghorn out to 600-700 yards with a well placed shot. That will probably not be an isse. Just see where the rifle will shoot to and go from there.

If you are getting 4" groups at 550 yards from a bench, I would probably consider that to be about max range in the field as you will probably not hold bench consistancy in a field shot. Thing to do is try shooting at this range using field shooting positions. That will tell you how far you can reach. Again, the 6mm will get you to 600-700 yards easy power wise, wind drift and consistancy are other factors that will limit your max range.

Wind will be a real issue with any of these bullets at +500 yards so know how much your bullet drifts.

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