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Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

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Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

Well the 6.5mm #5 Krieger showed up on the porch yesterday so it looks like I'm gonna have a 26 Nosler on my hands in a couple of months. In looking ahead a bit, Boddington said in the G & A article that he clocked 140 grainers at 3,425 fps average out of a 26 inch tube. I may be able to get to 3,500 fps with RL-33. Can the Berger 140s handle 3,500 fps?
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 03:39 PM
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

    Nope!
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

    bigngreen

    Thanks for clearing that up.
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

    This is off the top of my head my head but wasn't that the 129gr lrab that he was running at 3425fps.

    I will have to go back and look, I have the magazine.

    The 6.5 Allen Mag will run the 140s at 3550 in a 30 in bbl but it has more case capacity.
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 10:10 PM
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

    Here is what the article said:

    So, being a bit of a 6.5mm fan, I got excited when Nosler gave a sneak preview of the .26 Nosler. It was supposed to push a 140-grain bullet at 3,375 fps, a quantum leap over the .264, except that they were wrong about the velocity. In the 26-inch barrel of the Nosler Model 48 I used, actual average velocity was 3,425 fps a bonus of 50 fps.
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

    My mistake. I'm pretty excited to start seeing actual field reports from multiple rifles to see how this cartridge is going to perform.

    Then see how well the supply and demand for brass, loaded ammo, and dies ends up, because a hot rod 6.5 does shooters and especially non hand loaders no good if you can't find components or are waiting on back order lists for 6 months.
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    Re: Berger 140 Hunting VLD at 3,500 fps?

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    Can the Berger 140s handle 3,500 fps?
    Not in an 8tw it won't. But you'll burn out the barrel before working up a load anyway.
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