Originally Posted by barnesuser28
Wow lots of great feedback, SBruce and Daves762, how many rounds did your break-in take?
Len, it sure looks like you do good work!
I am planning it to be a #4 contour at 24" as i want to keep it light for walking in the timber but be able to reach out to about 600-700 yards if need be. MUCH farther on varmints though
. Is this too thin and short?
I'd say break in was done within 5 cleanings and 10 shots, however I did notice an additional increase in velocity after about 100 rounds down the tube. I used nothing but Shooters Choice and Boretech products and nylon brushes, and patches of course. The gunsmith broke in the 6X47 and he said it was driving tacks within 10 rounds.
The 6.5-284 is a number 4 contour finished at 26" and that's about the thinnest countour I personally would want in a LR rifle. Light enough to carry all day but heavy enough to shoot 1/2 moa at extended distances too. The AI 6X47Lapua is a much heavier contour, its a #8 finished at 26"......too heavy for packing, but excellent on the bench or bipod for prarie dogs.
As you can see, a #8 is pretty darn big and makes it muzzle heavy. But it sure does shoot good. These are gunsmith targets from his test before the gun shipped. I've since shot groups just like these in that gun with different bullets and loads, unfortunately don't have them photographed and on the computer yet.