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Unread 07-21-2012, 04:02 PM
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help 6.5 bullet suggestions

I have a 6.5-06 that should be finished next week and thought I'd ask for some bullet suggestions. Rifle will be used for hunting. Possibly Bighorn sheep this fall as I drew a tag. Deer and antelope. I have guns better suited for elk, but they aren't out of the question. Out to say 800 yards. I'm biased against Berger's after I used them in Africa 5 years ago. Different caliber and 5 years could mean improvements so I'll listen. I'm generally looking at Scirocco's, Accubonds and SST's in that order. 130-140 gr bullet. BC over .500 is preferred. Consistent performance on game is vital. I expect to get close to 3000 FPS with 140's. Suggestions? Likes ? Dislikes? Please help especially if you shoot a .26 caliber currently. Thanks Bruce
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    Re: help 6.5 bullet suggestions

    Very interested as well!!

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    I have a 6.5-06 that should be finished next week and thought I'd ask for some bullet suggestions. Rifle will be used for hunting. Possibly Bighorn sheep this fall as I drew a tag. Deer and antelope. I have guns better suited for elk, but they aren't out of the question. Out to say 800 yards. I'm biased against Berger's after I used them in Africa 5 years ago. Different caliber and 5 years could mean improvements so I'll listen. I'm generally looking at Scirocco's, Accubonds and SST's in that order. 130-140 gr bullet. BC over .500 is preferred. Consistent performance on game is vital. I expect to get close to 3000 FPS with 140's. Suggestions? Likes ? Dislikes? Please help especially if you shoot a .26 caliber currently. Thanks Bruce
    Care to elaborate on some Berger experiences in Africa that may have turned you off of them? Curiosity killed the cat you know!

    Roy
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    Re: help 6.5 bullet suggestions

    I was shooting a .300 WSM w/ Berger 168 gr bullets. Took a shot at last light at a Red Hartebeest at about 165 yards. Hit the front leg just at the point where it hits the body. My PH suggested it was 1/2 inch too low... My fault... Bullet basically exploded. It did NOT break the leg. That's the bullets fault. We recovered the Hartebeest 20 hours later and over 5 miles away. I wasn't impressed with its performance. I could of been 2 inches higher and still not of penetrated.....
    The new rifle is a .26 caliber and not a .30. The sectional density is better which should help penetration. My big question about Berger's in the .26 caliber is, are the jackets tough enough to give me good penetration? Or do I have to stay away from bone if I choose to use them?
    I have read good reports on the Sciroccos but the are also reportedly hard to get to shoot in some rifles. Also only available in a 130 gr bullet.
    The Accubonds seem like a possible choice. Used on in my 25-06 last year on a whitetail. After a shot through the ribs he went close to 200 yards. I was surprised at how far he went with a decent shot. Makes me a little nervous.
    I have had great success w/ the Barnes TTSX bullets. Biggest problem there is that the BC is so low..... Hence the question for some real world experience. Thanks Bruce
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    Re: help 6.5 bullet suggestions

    Barnes 127 LRX. The BC is only .468 but you should be able to run them fast enough to make up for the low BC. Performance on game will be second to none!!!
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    Re: help 6.5 bullet suggestions

    I used the Bergers on 4 deer and antelope last year with what I consider perfect performance, golf ball sized exit holes, from 250 to 600 yds.
    I am looking at trying some Matrix bullets in 140's and if I can get them made, 155's mostly for elk. Based on what I have seen of their performance in 270's I think they would be great.
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    Re: help 6.5 bullet suggestions

    Sounds like a bad shot the bergers work for me all the time. Try the 130 acubond or ttsx
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