Originally Posted by Levi
I'm in the process of starting a new 6.5x284 norma build, and I can't decide between the 130 Berger or the 140 Berger. This rifle is going to be my go to long range deer and antelope gun. For those of you that have experience with long range shots on deer with the 6.5x284,using either of these bullets,your advise would be greatly appreciated!
Well, before moving forward even with bullet choice, what barrel length and contour are you considering? I ask because I now realize that I should have gone with a longer barrel. Don't get me wrong because I love my little light-weight 6.5-284. It has a 24" Bartlein barrel on it with a gain twist ending at 8T at the muzzle. But when trying the various popular powders among the experienced guys, such as Retumbo and H1000, I will tell you my velocities at max loads were very disappointing. I was only rocking in the high 2600s to very low 2700s and that included H4831SC also. Those are all with the 140 Berger VLD, Lapua brass, 210M primers.
I will use this rifle for shorter range hunts here on the east end of the country but if I had to do it all over again, I'd go with a 26-27" bbl, a little heavier, like a 4.5 contour with the OD being around .650-.675 from a straight-line taper starting at .850, 4-6" from the recoil lug and I'd flute it.