Hey guys, I have a question. As many of you know, I am building a new 6mm Long Range Varmint rig. I am using a Krieger 1-8.5 twist barrel. I am going to mainly use the 105 and 107grn bullets for the shots over 600 yards, however, I would like to use the 87grn V-Max for shots out to 600 yards.
My question is, will the 1-8.5 twist shoot the 87grn V-Max well. Anyhow, any info would be great. I am planning on using the following powder, primer, brass, ect with the 87grn V-Max;
1. Lapua Brass
2. 52.5 grns H4350
3. Federal 210M primer
4. 87grn V-Max
looks like a good combo you have their , and yes the 1-8 should shoot the 87gr V-max well , I've shot up to the 55gr Ballistic tips out of a 1-8 243 Ackley with great results in both accuracy and explosion on target
Thanks for the info. I really like the 87grn V-Max for varmint hunting. I was getting some awesome velocity and accuracy, out of my last 6x284, using the 87grn V-max. I was getting 3730fps out of a 30" Krieger, it was explosive on varmints.
I have a 6x284 with a 26-inch 12 twist Shilen barrel. It produces 3600 FPS with 56 grs. of H4831SC and the 87 gr. V-Max. Three weeks ago I got a PD at 1,020 yards and four others between 800 and 825 yards. I think the heavier bullets will definitely be better on the really long shots because I hit several PDs at more than 1,000 yards that got in the hole. Mine has about 1,000 rounds through it and shoots amazingly well considering the way the throat looks now. I have purchased a new Hart 31-inch blank in 10 twist to replace it with. I think I can shoot the 105 V-Max with this new barrel. Only time will tell.
1000yarder, if your going to shoot the 105grn A-Max, you're going to need a 1-9 twist for that bullet. However, the other 105grn bullets should work well out of the 1-10 twist.
I've heard the 87grn V-Max is an excellent bullet for long range varminting out to 1000 yards. It has a pretty good BC(.400) and it anchors the varmints much better than the VLD type bullets, however, it does not buck the wind as well as the VLD's. Anyhow, just trying to get some feed back from guys who are using this bullet in the 1-8 to 1-8.5 twist barrels.
The rifle should be completed buy January 2008, just in time for Varmint season which starts here in late February and goes to early May.
I've already received the Nesika Model L Action, Jewel trigger, Sunny Hill trigger guard, Vias Muzzle brake, Davidson Scope Base, and Kelby 30mm Rings. I am still waiting on the McMillan Tooley MBR stock and Krieger Barrel. I ordered the Stock and Barrel in March 2007, so I should be receiving them buy July, I HOPE!!
Wildcat, I'm not arguing with you because I haven't seen it with my own eyes, but I talked with a representative at Hornady yesterday, and he said that he has a 9 1/4 twist barrel with less motor than a 6x284 and he can stabilize 105 A-Maxes. He said he believes the 10 twist 6x284 will stabilize the 105 A-Maxes. As I said in my first reply, only time will tell for sure. He also said that the A-Max was a frangible bullet like the 87 gr. V-Max and should expand equally well at long distances. Personally, I couldn't stand to wait as long as you are talking about to get your gun. If you want the name of an excellent riflesmith with very quick turn-around, give me a PM. A hint is that he won the Super Shoot four times. Good luck.