Range Drop Drop Windage Windage Velocity Mach Energy Time Lead Lead
(yds) (in) (moa) (in) (moa) (ft/s) (none) (ft•lbs) (s) (in) (moa)
0 -1.5 *** 0.0 *** 4000.0 3.583 1953.7 0.000 0.0 ***
I have been in your shoes here buddy, trust me the heavy for caliber bullets are better. I will guarantee you 80% of your long range misses will be due to windage and not elevation. Elevation is realitively constant, windage is a pain in the ass. I am saying all of this because about 1.5 yrs ago me and Bill Bailey joined the forum and started bragging about the amazing results we were getting with the 125gr BT in a 300RUM, 3940fps!!! We thought this was freakin amazing and there would be nothing that could beat it a long range, WRONG! The guys here tried to tell us about windage, consistancy, better bullet for chamber combos, etc. we wouldnt listen and we should have
IF you compare the 105 berger to the 55gr BT at 1000yds here is what you get.
wind---12.50 (basically twice as much)
fps---1109 (most likely sub sonic)
Now please dont think I am harping on ya here. I am only trying to offer advice because I have been in the same situation. Try the heavy bullets, the 105 amax and 105berger are great. At long range you will get better consistancy, reduce flyers, dramatically better wind bucking ability, substantially better down range energy, and the ability to push things farther than 1k.
And the energy does matter down range, bullet expansion is what will allow these small diameter bullets to immediatly disable and kill small critters at long range. I personnaly favor the 105amax over the berger, even though there is a bc drop, because its polymer tip lends itself more to expansion.
Those little SOB's will run off with a 6mm hole punched threw them unless its in his peanut or spine!!
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I hear you on the wind drift and I understand it. I tried to do the same thing with my 300 RUM. Loaded the Barnes 130 XLC to 3,950 and shot a few elk and bear but the drift was pathetic. It was great without the recoil wasn't it?
I know we can make the charts look any way we want but for shooting all day at chucks and an occassional long range shot at a coyota the 55's are great. Like I said twice earlier if the wind picks up I stick in a bigger piece of lead. I shot a 22-250 for varmints for over 30 years and when the little 6mm bullets came out I laughed at the idea until I started loading and shooting them. I took my 11 year old boy in July for a varmint vacation for a week in Southern Idaho and he learned how to range, adjust for MOA, wind and hold on. Great fun and we had use the bigger bullets frequently. The 55's are inexpensive and accurate and with no recoil they are fine for most of my varmint use. I do agree with you on the bigger bullets in the wind.
There is not much else to say on the subject of light vs. heavy for caliber bullets, but just had to say when I saw your post on the 55 gr I had to chuckle a bit. Not @ you, but @ myself. Check out this post I made a year and a half ago and you'll understand.
Look familiar? I must say you handled yourself a little better than I did though.
I shot the 55 gr 6mm as well as the 125 gr 30 cal. 1.5 years later, 1000+ posts later and much lighter wallet (damn you LRH and Kirby [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]) I now go straight for the heaviest highest bc bullet I can find (even if they are made by some second rate Canadian bulletsmith[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img])
No doubt those little light bullets are exposive though!! Blew a pd in half @ about 70 yds w/the 125s. His head was about 10-15 yds from his butt!!!!