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Old 01-28-2011, 12:33 PM
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6.5 STW loads

Hi everybody! I have Rifles Inc building me a new rifle in 6.5 stw. I have purchased quite a bit of WC872 to use with 140gr bullets but that may not be the best powder. I would like some other options for bullets in the 120-142gr range and get the powder ordered. I have 123gr matchkings already and trying to find some 140gr Bergers. (I think everybody knows how that situation is right now) Also looking to shoot 130 & 140gr accubonds. Thanks much in advance.


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Old 01-28-2011, 08:04 PM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

The only person that I know that had a 6.5 STW ended up shooting Barns bullets (120 TSX HP) because it shot so fast it would sling a cup and core bullet apart. I don't know what powder he used.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

I read somewhere that Layne Simpson played with one of these and it turned out to be a really overbored bbl burner. I'd be curious to hear how it works for you.

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Old 01-29-2011, 05:32 PM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

I actually still have the Sept 1999 issue of Shooting Times in which Simpson unveiled it. He included bullets from 85gr up to 160gr. There must not been much in the way of Vihta Vouri powders back then. Also not included is Retumbo, U.S.869, Win 780 supreme, or any of the ramshot powders. On top of that alot of bullets have come out in the last 12 yrs. I read in recently that he still uses his 6.5 STW more than the rest of that series so that was my green light to get project under way. Just looking for anybody's success stories.


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Old 01-29-2011, 07:12 PM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

Best result I had was with H50bmg and a 140gr. amax I think we were pushing it at 3550.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

Cool! That is exactly the type of info I was looking for. I have one pound of h50bmg. 3550 fps is hauling the mail. I'm wondering how brass life could have been at that speed? I ordered Redding bushings FL dies so brass life should be good.

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:26 AM
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Re: 6.5 STW loads

I can get 3400 fps out of my 28" barrel with the 140 using several different powders. H-870 is the best with single digit spreads. Retumbo also does well. The load I use most is a 130 scirroco at just under 3550 fps. This bullet is tough and will hold together at high speed when it hits an animal. BC is mid .5's. I have made some long fun shots on antelope and deer with it. It is fun to shoot. Just take care of the barrel and do not over heat it and you will be fine. It is one of the best long range rifles made. Check the ballistics of a .612 bc going over 3400 fps and you see what I mean. It is a very good rifle and very accurate.
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