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What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:34 PM
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What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

I have a trued Rem 700 action with 26" Broughton 1-8" barrel in a Manners T2A stock and a Nightforce 5.5-22x50 on top. I've shot about 112 rounds through the gun trying to find "that magical load". I've tried Retumbo, H4350, and H4831SC using Berger 140VLDs. I've adjusting seating depths from jammed to jumping and powder charge weight as well.

I've gotten consisten .6" to .8" groups at 100 yards, and .8" - 1.3" at 200 yards. Is that all I should expect from that caliber and a custom rifle???!~!?!

If not, any suggestions??

Thanks!!!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:44 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

Every rifle is different. Every builder may use exact same or very different techniques when putting a rifle together. Accuracy also depends on YOUR loading technique, components used, etc.

In other words, it's really anyone's guess what to expect. Personally, having 2 rifles that have made one hole groups and 2 others that have produced groups in the .1s and .2s, that set the bar for my expectations on what any custom I have built can do.

I would personally expect better than .6.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:54 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

JL3216,

My 6.5x284 has a 28"Douglas barrel but shoots similar results at 100yds. Consistently .4 to .6. My smith told me when he built it that it probably wouldn't shoot much better than that at 100 but not to worry because it would shoot under 1" at 300. I ran into the same issues as you during my barrel break in. Then I remembered what he had said and took it to the range to shoot it at extended range.

I don't worry about my 100 yard groups much anymore with the gun because my gun shoots .8 at 300 and will stay at 1 1/2" at 500yds if I do my part. Past that, it puts the first shot into a deer's boiler room as far as I've ever tried to shoot one. That's what is important to me.

As a side note, I run H1000 in mine although everyone says H4831 is the way to go. My barrel shot tighter groups running H1000.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:10 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

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I have a trued Rem 700 action with 26" Broughton 1-8" barrel in a Manners T2A stock and a Nightforce 5.5-22x50 on top. I've shot about 112 rounds through the gun trying to find "that magical load". I've tried Retumbo, H4350, and H4831SC using Berger 140VLDs. I've adjusting seating depths from jammed to jumping and powder charge weight as well.

I've gotten consisten .6" to .8" groups at 100 yards, and .8" - 1.3" at 200 yards. Is that all I should expect from that caliber and a custom rifle???!~!?!

If not, any suggestions??

Thanks!!!!

Most if not all of the gunsmiths on this web site build sub 1/2 MOA rifles but it is up to the
shooter to get the most from his rifle.

This includes great reloads. good shooting techniques.and lots of practice .

I would think that you could get 1/2 MOA or better. as stated before some times you need
to try different bullets to find the one that your rifle likes.

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Old 09-29-2010, 04:31 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

Thanks for the input, Gentlemen.

I have shot some short range BR, so I'm fairly knowledgable about good loading techniques, preparatons, wind readings, etc. All of my varmint rifles (6BR, 22BR, 220 Swift etc.) are capable of .5 MOA out to about 300, so I was expecting a lot more out of my 6.5-284.

I guess I'll keep trying.

Thanks again!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:56 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

Just to throw a factory gun result in here. I have a load that will only shoot .4-.6 at 100 but will make them all touch at 200. Berger states in some of their literature that in many cases they will not shoot their best groups at 100 yards but will tighten up around 200-300 and then stay that way.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:19 PM
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Re: What should I expect from a custom 6.5-284??

Jim,
Shot a 300 yard four shot group last night that was .700 c to c. With three in .450.
That is with the 142 smk 51.5 g H-4831 sc.
Thanks your the best!

Paul Weinkauf
KPS Tool & Die Inc.

e-mail I got yesterday.
surgeon action, Brux barrel, heavy palma, Hs stock
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