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Good long range 6.5mm hunting bullet?

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Unread 07-30-2008, 09:38 AM
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Good long range 6.5mm hunting bullet?

I've been looking around and see a few that MIGHT work for whitetails.

Berger VLDs, Accubonds, Hornady SSTs, Sierra SMKs and Lapua Scenars.

I'd like to be in the 140gr range for a good BC.

Anybody tried these on game and have good luck with a 6.5x55 or other 6.5 working at a similar velocity? I'm getting about 2800fps with the 140gr bullets I've shot in the past (140 partitions) according to my Chronograph.

I'd like to have a bullet that would still work OK if I had a close shot.

I would not have an opportunity (or plant to) to shoot past 600yd at game with this setup.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 03:29 PM
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I used to have a 6.5x55 with a 30" tube and it loved the 140 Berger VLD's. They worked well out to 1,200 on paper and 400 ish was the furthest I was able to shoot it on roe (weight 40-60 lbs) and red (140+lbs). All of them dropped on the spot when I did my bit. Closest shot was 4 yards, looking down the side of the barrel, still worked fine!
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Unread 07-30-2008, 06:02 PM
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140gr a-max works great for me in a 6.5x55AI.
You try to get closer to the target,..and I keep trying to get further away.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 09:12 PM
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130 Accubond.....b/c you mentioned closer shots.
Derek M.
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Unread 07-31-2008, 04:35 AM
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Lapua's suk for performance on deer. I was also warned, but they were shooting .3 moa at 500 yards, shot one deer at 781, porrest performance I ever saw, bullet broke in 2 on impact at 2000 fps, and separated, found all 3 pieces of the bullet but never again will I use them on game.
Born to Hunt, Forced to Work!
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Unread 07-31-2008, 07:50 AM
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I am still waiting for my son's gun to get finished, so I have not tried them yet, but I chose the 130grn Sirrocco. They have the highest bc according to their web sight.

The rifle should be done in the next week or so. I will report on how it shoots when we get to start shooting it.

This bullet should perform well long or short. Just my opinion.

To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.
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Unread 07-31-2008, 10:56 AM
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Barnes TSX will work inside your range limits and will shoot like a hot dam!
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