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Unread 01-01-2012, 12:54 PM
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Re: Its now official. I HAVE joined the dark side.

Originally Posted by Derek M. View Post
I drank the 6.5x284 Kool Aid and had one built with a Bartlien gain twist barrel. Starts at 8.5 and ends at 8. BBl is 24". I wanted a easy carry rifle.

I bought a bunch of 140 Bergers to try but have been really considering the Amax as well since I keep reading that a lot of people have great luck with them. Personally of all the brand bullets I've ever loaded, the Hornady bullets were on the bottom of the list for accuracy. BUT never tried the Amax.

I'm also interested to see what Matrix bullets offers.

Here's my thoughts on barrel burners: if I get at least 2000 rounds, then fine, I'll just get a new barrel put on and do it all again. It's only money.

Which barrel maker did you go with?
Lilja Sendero contour in stainless. 8 twist.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 01-01-2012, 06:30 PM
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Welcome!! Be warned, it gets darker and darker and darker.

And you can't ever leave!!!

6.5-284 Inp.
6.5-284 Norma
6.5-300 Wby.
6.5 Rum
6.5 Gibb
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Unread 01-02-2012, 08:14 PM
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It is gonna be FUN!. You will enjoy every minute of it.

I'll do the same when I will order 6.5x284 custom rifle someday.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 09:56 AM
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One powder you did not mention that I would highly recommend trying is Reloader 17. 3000 fps is very easily achievable with low pressures. If you want to soup it up a bit you can get 3100 from a 140 VLD and 3200+/- a few with a 130 (depending on your own variables). the 130 grain VLD will hit 3000 with a starting load of RL17, and the powder excels in longer barrels (over 25") in my experience. With an extra 1.5" of barrel I would bet you would get even greater velocity than I am. I have had 6.5-284s for the past few years and took out my LRH for my first ever group over 400 yards last week. I am hooked. I shot a 2.3 inch group at 445 yards on my third try (after stabilizing my platform a bit). Be sure and let us know how it works out. I kinda think like you do about the barrel burning. I cannot imagine a 3 shot string and complete cool down in between will burn it out as quickly as one would in match shooting conditions. If you try the RL-17 reduce your loads if over 94 degrees F outside temp. Otherwise it is extremely stable across the temperature range from 15 to about 90-91 degrees and velocity will remain consistent. I have one load that gives me an ES under 5 no matter what the temp if below 94.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:53 AM
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Shoot it. Shoot it a lot. Re-barrel. Repeat.

Have fun!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 08:28 PM
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I crossed over a while ago and never looked back. You are right, the barrel burner reputation was earned in a context of target shooting. Barrel life, all things being equal, will likely be no worse than most the the rifles that are effective on game a LR. I have had excellent results using Retumbo with Fed 215's, and 140 Hunting Bergers..

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