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Unread 11-22-2004, 07:43 PM
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6.5 bullets

I have a 6.5x284 that I'd like to use for coyotes and small deer at medium to long range.. Are there any good, accurate hunting bullets out there for the 6.5.. The throat is set up for the 142 smk..


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Unread 11-22-2004, 08:26 PM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

140gr Hornady a-max will hit em hard. The SST is their hunting version,.but as of yet we can't get them to group up as well as the a-max.
You try to get closer to the target,..and I keep trying to get further away.
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Unread 11-22-2004, 10:00 PM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

Pat B, I'm like you waiting for those bullets. I looked at the SST and not long enought if throated for the 142smk.
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Unread 11-22-2004, 11:41 PM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

Pat B.

Wildcat Bullets is designing some very unique 6.5mm bullets for my 6.5mm Allen Magnum round.

They will use heavy jackets and bonded cores and their weights will be in the 150, 160 and 170 gr ranges. These are prelim weights and as more testing is done we will figure out exactly which we will use.

We are also looking at building a 160 to 165 gr ULD rebated boattail bullet.

The Bonded Core bullets may not be suitible for the smaller 6.5mm rounds as the very heavy jackets will shoot the best in big high performance rounds that will force the bullet bases to bump up properly.

The ULD bullet should work fine if you have enough twist which will probably be 1-8" at least in the 6.5-284. They just designed a 145 gr ULD for the 257 Allen Magnum with a B.C. of .738 from initial testing. The 160 to 165 gr ULD in 6.5mm will be in the .800 range for B.C.!!

Contact Richard Graves at Wildcat Bullets and tell him what your looking for and he will give you all the information he has on extreme range target and hunting bullets.


Richard makes a 142 gr ULD Rebated Boattail with a B.C. right at .700

They do have a 0.060" longer baring surface so you will need to seat this much deeper in the case which is generally not a problem especially if you turn your necks and use a donut removing inside neck reamer along with the outside turner.

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Unread 11-23-2004, 12:11 AM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

for deer there is nothing wrong with the 142smk-i have even used then on elk with good success[although i think there are better choices for bullets in the 6.5 for for elk].as far as varmints go -if u dont care about hides the 142smk will level them.the amax is also a good choice,but do to the thinner jackets be prepared for more meat destruction if you hit them in the shoulders-my 2-dave
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Unread 11-23-2004, 03:12 AM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

I just shot 2 coyotes just last week with my XP 6.5-284, and the bullet was quite destructive-- even slightly beyond 400 yds.--this @ a mv of around 2700 fps.
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Unread 11-23-2004, 04:55 PM
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Re: 6.5 bullets

Been having really good success with the 140gr SST. I would expect them to fit a 142grMK throat as they are longer then the 142MK. Have had no problem shooting these at 1/4MOA or better from a hunting rifle.

JustC, surprised that you have made the Amax work but not the SST. My rifles shoot them both equally well. I have found the SST like to be close to the lands or at least fully engraved before leaving the case neck.

I use H4831SC and they really respond when loads get at or near max. My 6.5-06 loads are very toasty but groups are small and consistent. Using CCI BR2 primers if that helps.

Just started playing with the 150gr SST in a 270 Savage 110. Max load with H4831SC drops them into 1/4" groups at 100yds. Looking forward to launching further out to see how they respond.

For both rifles, the groups shrank the hotter the loads got. I hope that will get your rifle shooting SST's because they are a great bullet. The 140gr SST has a BC that is certainly much higher then print.

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