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Old 06-10-2011, 06:42 AM
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6.5 Rem Mag bullet choice

Just picked up a custom 6.5 rem mag built by Randt Selby. Gun is build on a remington ti action and has a 23" barrel. Weighs in at less than 6 pounds. I have no experience loading this caliber my loading exp limited to .270 and 7 mm stw. Was hoping to shoot 130's out of it. Any ideas would be appreciated. Gun will be for packing in after blacktails ranges from 100 to 500 yards
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:51 AM
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Re: 6.5 Rem Mag bullet choice

There are a lot of great choices. But, it may depend on what your rifle likes. Some are picky. Others not so much.

The 140's will have a better BC.

What twist?

140g Berger
140g AMAX
120g TTSX

I've heard the 142 SMK is a great hunting round, but haven't tried it for anything other than superior accuracy on paper.

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Re: 6.5 Rem Mag bullet choice

sorry for the delayed response I talked to the guy i bought it from indicated a 1 in 10.
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sorry for the delayed response I talked to the guy i bought it from indicated a 1 in 10.
1:10 is extrememly slow for 6.5mm and you may have difficulty shooting heavier/longer bullets.

I recommend you measure it yourself.

Put a reasonably tight fitting patch on a cleaning rod with a swivel handle.

Start the patch through the breech.

Use masking tape and a sharpie to make index marks on the rod/handle such that you can run the rod in far enough so that it makes exactly one 360 degree rotation. then, measure how far the rod travelled. That distance is your twist rate i.e. 1 full turn in x inches.

Repeat several times to make sure you got a good reading.

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Re: 6.5 Rem Mag bullet choice

Just got an email from Mr Selby who indicated he built it on a 23" Shilen with a 1:9.
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Just got an email from Mr Selby who indicated he built it on a 23" Shilen with a 1:9.
I don't shoot that cartridge. So, perhaps someone can provide some specific recommendations?

Based on the twist and your objectives, I'd try one of these...
123g Hornady AMAX
130g Nosler AB

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Re: 6.5 Rem Mag bullet choice

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