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Old 05-26-2012, 07:39 PM
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6.5x284 powder choices, loading soon.

Referencing this site: 6.5-284 Cartridge Guide it appears that H4831SC and H4350 are the 2 top powder choices for bench shooters. So why did a few of the well known video guys get on the Retumbo and H1000 wagon with this caliber?

I have all 4 powders on hand and I have 300 JLK 140 VLDs and about the same number of Berger 140 VLDs. I drew late season mule deer for CO which I've never done. I have 4 new rifles, 2 in the safe, 2 on the way, that have not been fired. 2 are going with me but I haven't decided which 2 yet.

So, somewhere along the line the guys at BOTW and Gunwerks decided to shoot Retumbo, then I think I heard they moved to H1000. A trusted, very experienced shooter I talk with advised that he noticed excellent temp stability with Ramshot Magnum and it was on par or better than the Hodgdon powders, but I cannot remember his statements with regards to accuracy but it was not bad.

My 6.5x284 has a Bartlein 24" barrel and I have limited time to get this rifle ready. It is unfired.

So, question 1 is would you use a regular rifle primer or a magnum if choosing H1000 or Retumbo, and question 2 is which powder would you opt to use first if you had the following on hand and plenty of it: H4350, H4831SC, H1000, Retumbo, Ramshot Magnum?

Thanks for your time.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 powder choices, loading soon.

For me it's a magnum primer. I accually use them in a lot of guns that (you don't have too)
I have had a few 6.5X284's and I have a LOT of powder and this is what I have got every time

RL 17 - hasn't worked for me yet with any bullet

RL 22 - hasn't worked for me yet with any bullet

N165 - have got it to work with 140's but seemed to be picky didn't work for me with 123 Amax's

IMR 4831 - Great powder but very temp sensitive

H4350 - has worked well with a lot of different bullets for me, but isn't my go to powder

H4831SC - is my go to powder for this caliber. 140VLD this powder anywhere from 49-51.5 has worked in a few guns for me even one time I put magnum primers in by mistake and accually got my best groups out of one of my guns with them.
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Re: 6.5x284 powder choices, loading soon.

ok thanks. what barrels are you using? after I started this thread I noticed another that was titled 6.5x284 shooters or something.
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Re: 6.5x284 powder choices, loading soon.

I noticed one of my 270s had it's best and most impressive loads once I started using the 215M primer by Federal.
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ok thanks. what barrels are you using? after I started this thread I noticed another that was titled 6.5x284 shooters or something.
I have had them in Krieger, Douglas, and a couple savage's current savage I have out shoots all the previous 6.5X284's even the custom barrelled ones It is shooting 51 grains of H4831SC with winchester brass necks turned inside and out with a CCI 250 primer. I have shot 3 groups of 5 and not one is over .3 at 100 yards. I took it out to 1000 not for group but on steel targets and it seemed to perform really well! Haven't shot it in a while though.
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I think what I'm going to do is try H4831SC first, then Retumbo. I recall 59.0 grains was the charge those BOTW guys were using.
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Re: 6.5x284 powder choices, loading soon.

I also have a 6.5-284 but i have a 31" tube. Now keep in mind that h1000 and retumbo are very slow burning compared to 4350 and such. In my case the slower propellants are very benneficial because they have plenty of room to burn and not be waisted on muzzle flash. Adding to that- a magnum primer only differs from a regular primer in that in has a heavier charge so initiating a bigger spark will up your volume of pressure too so maybe try multiple combinations of components (if time allows) and see what benefits your barrel, altitude, ect. I have grown to like 58.7 of retumbo with a f215. A 6.5-284 is a jem to a handloader in that its not finiky. hope that helps a bit.
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