Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

My 6.5-.284 stretched it's legs a bit.....

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-05-2006, 08:14 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: on the rifle range in Utah
Posts: 2,723
My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Uncle B and I got to spend a few awesome days hunting chucks this weekend and we spotted a few WAAY out there that I decided to take a crack at.

Temperature was a cool 50 degrees so the chucks weren't staying put very long. We had only a few minutes to find them, range them, get out the appropriate gun, dial in, and shoot.

I got the 1328 yard chuck on the third shot after using one of those to foul the barrel and get a sighter out. The 1556 yard chuck was perched atop a huge boulder with no backstop for 200 yards further out so every shot that went high actually looked like it was 6 feet low. I finally figured out where I was missing and dumped him on the 5th or 6th shot. This is currently the farthest living thing I have shot with the 6.5-.284. The previous record was 1508 two years ago. It has rung my 15" gong at 1 mile many times but a moving target is much harder to hit even if it is 200 yards closer!

Here is the pics. I apologize for the ugliness of the guy behing the rock!


(All ranges were found with a Swaro 1500 rangefinder ranging from the chuck's impact point back to the shooting bench.)

So much for the man who told me a few months ago that the 6.5 was done at 1000 yards! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
__________________
Find it
Range it
Click it
Pull it
Dump it

If it's not far, it's boring.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-05-2006, 08:27 PM
SPONSOR
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,666
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Good Shooting! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-05-2006, 08:52 PM
Writers Guild
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,459
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Great shooting indeed.

Any thoughts on the bullet expansion/performance on the chucks? Exit wound size/shape? Suitable for deer/larger game?

It is so funny when people consider lethality of a rifle cartridge to go south after only 1000yds. Would you stand infront of a 357Sig or 357 Magnum at 1ft?

Well, the 6.5 140gr arriving at over 2000fps at 1000yds hits a whole bunch harder. 0.625BC w/G5 drag function w/3000fps launch.

Jerry
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-05-2006, 09:00 PM
SPONSOR
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: El Reno, OK
Posts: 1,503
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Well I am just glad you went ahead and apologized for the ugliness!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Nice shooting GG, you never cease to impress. That rifle looks good also, nice and simple looking, just clean and mean!!!

I am so jealous of all you guys up northern, you have coats on and I am pissed cause I sweat my butt of in jeans at work.

good job
steve
__________________
Steve Elmenhorst
Third Generation Shooting Supply
www.3rdgss.com
"Products for shooters, by shooters"
1-800-522-3314
monday-friday 8:30-5:30 CST
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-05-2006, 09:50 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: on the rifle range in Utah
Posts: 2,723
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Thanks guys.

Jerry,
The 140 grain Berger hit the first chuck in the lower back center and he was facing away from us. It flipped him about 2 feet in the air and he did 1 1/2 backflips. The bullet pretty well gutted him and big disruption was evident. Great performance.

The second chuck was facing to left and going uphill and the bullet hit it in the shoulder. Total penetration but a smaller exit hole than the first. In the 1556 yard pic, if you look very closely, you can see the shoulder exit wound. There was a marble sized hole in the rock about 1/2" deep from the bullet after it went through both shoulders. The shorter range chuck probably also had complete penetration but there were no visible holes in the rock.

As for Berger vld use on big game, I am in favor of it for longer range shots (450+). This is a pic of a desert ram that was shot with the same gun/bullet last season at a distance of 355 yards:

The ram was standing below us at about a 7 degree angle and was quartering toward us with it's head up and to the right. The bullet entered in the top of the neck and totally fragmented to pieces before going into the opposite shoulder. It did not break the shoulder blade. It did however blow apart just about every blood vessel in it's neck and the ram literally tucked it's legs up under it's body before hitting the ground. It was dead instantly and didn't even wiggle. However, I would have liked to see a more intact mushroom. The high impact velocity at this close range was too tough on the Berger and it can ruin lots of meat.

This is a pic of another ram that was shot with the same gun and load about 2 weeks earlier that was shot at a distance of 803 yards.

It was standing below us at the noted angle and was broadside. At this longer range, the bullet performed much better with total penetration and some fragments going every which way into the vitals. I couldn't have asked for better results with this particular setup. Penetration was probably doubled by reducing the impact velocity.

On an antelope hunt two years ago I harvested a doe at 1030 yards with the same bullet from the same gun and similiar results were noted. Very good penetration and good wound channels. Major disruption and a two inch exit wound. No pics of this hunt have been found unfortunately. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

My load of 53.5 grains of RL22 seems to be a super hot load in most other 6.5's but runs fairly mild in mine although my mv is 3125 fps from the 30.5" barrel! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
__________________
Find it
Range it
Click it
Pull it
Dump it

If it's not far, it's boring.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-05-2006, 10:51 PM
Writers Guild
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,459
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Great pics. Great success. Nice report.

Nice rams...

Jerry
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-06-2006, 05:04 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Potomac River
Posts: 5,057
Re: My 6.5-.284 stretched it\'s legs a bit.....

Looks like you got a new fold up, wooden table there made by ole Rube himself.
__________________
The Smokin Fur Rifle Club
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: My 6.5-.284 stretched it's legs a bit.....
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Re: BIPOD 7-11 inch notched legs 1legmont Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. 5 05-21-2011 12:21 PM
Save your legs. Camera systems? sdkidaho Long Range Hunting & Shooting 11 12-30-2010 03:24 PM
How far have you stretched the .17 HMR petenz Rimfire and Airguns 14 07-11-2009 07:30 PM
Help me put legs on this shooting bench Jim R Equipment Discussions 8 01-01-2008 11:52 AM
Time to stretch the Allen Mag legs lerch Long Range Hunting & Shooting 13 10-17-2005 08:32 AM

Current Poll
Are you on Facebook?
Yes - 46.55%
1,092 Vote
No - 19.27%
452 Votes
No, but I may join - 1.75%
41 Votes
No way, are you kidding? - 36.19%
849 Votes
Total Votes: 2,346
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC