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Just got the new McMillan Adj. Tac Hunter...

 
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:15 PM
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Re: Just got the new McMillan Adj. Tac Hunter...

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I like the Berger 140 VLD. With its higher BC it retains it's energy better at distance. Plus it doesn't need as much speed to still get good expansion.
Sounds good. I purchased a box of HSM with Berger 140s for break in. I will see how they shoot...
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:37 PM
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Sounds good. I purchased a box of HSM with Berger 140s for break in. I will see how they shoot...
Just keep in mind Berger bullets can be sensitive to seating depth. If the HSM's won't shoot, don't give up on the bergers, they are usually very accurate if you play with them.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:21 PM
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Just keep in mind Berger bullets can be sensitive to seating depth. If the HSM's won't shoot, don't give up on the bergers, they are usually very accurate if you play with them.
Thanks for the tip. I will keep that in mind. Btw, this site is awesome...
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:29 PM
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Re: Just got the new McMillan Adj. Tac Hunter...

santee116 thats a great looking rifle. Drift141 I shoot the HSM 140gr berger in my 6.5x284 and it will shoot .5'' groups at 100yds if I do my part.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:33 PM
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santee116 thats a great looking rifle. Drift141 I shoot the HSM 140gr berger in my 6.5x284 and it will shoot .5'' groups at 100yds if I do my part.
That is good to know. After I purchased them I bought a set of Redding dies and lapua brass lol. Off the shelf ammo is not cheap!
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:53 PM
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Re: Just got the new McMillan Adj. Tac Hunter...

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No problem.

My load is :

127 LRX
Lapua Brass
CCI BR2 primer
50.0 grains of H4350
jumping .030" off the lands

I started getting pressure signs at 50.5 grains in my gun so be careful.

This load shoots very well in my gun, just as good as the Amax or Berger. Between me and a buddy last year we killed 15+ deer and numerous hogs with them and they have been devastating to say the least. I can honestly say that for anything 600 yards and in, I won't use anything but barnes. I don't elk hunt, but I wouldn't be scared at all from using this load on one.

My experience with Barnes, so far, has been stellar. I just think you need to keep your impact velocity at or above 1900-2000 fps. So depending on your load, your max range may vary.
My buddy killed a black bear at 760ish (I think it was 766) with the same bullet and 49.5 grain of H4350. He hit the bear broadside hitting only lungs (missed the ribs even) and the bullet expanded perfectly....I was pretty concerned bout expansion and had my 338 pointed at it just in case. The bear folded on impact.
Thought you might like to know that.

I don't normally like pea shooters for long rang hunting, but the little 6.5 284 and the Barnes kills very well. My buddy has also killed elk (under 50 yards) and moose with the same combo. IIRC the moose was 635ish and the LRX went thru both shoulders and kept on going.
He got 750 pounds of meat from the moose so not bad for a pea shooter!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:39 PM
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My buddy killed a black bear at 760ish (I think it was 766) with the same bullet and 49.5 grain of H4350. He hit the bear broadside hitting only lungs (missed the ribs even) and the bullet expanded perfectly....I was pretty concerned bout expansion and had my 338 pointed at it just in case. The bear folded on impact.
Thought you might like to know that.

I don't normally like pea shooters for long rang hunting, but the little 6.5 284 and the Barnes kills very well. My buddy has also killed elk (under 50 yards) and moose with the same combo. IIRC the moose was 635ish and the LRX went thru both shoulders and kept on going.
He got 750 pounds of meat from the moose so not bad for a pea shooter!
Thanks, that is good to know. Makes me feel better about that combo for a potential long range shot.
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