Originally Posted by cravinqaz
I just bought a Savage Model 116 FCSS Weather Warrior Bolt Action Rifle 6.5-284 Norma 24" Stainless Barrel 4 Rounds AccuTrigger Black AccuStock Stainless Finish 19457.I loaded lapua brass using 50.2gr H4831SC, CCI magnum primers, berger 140gr target bullets and 3 shots average only 2700fps shooting over Chrony. I expected close to 3000. Should I be getting this speed or am I somehow missing something?
With H4831SC, your max should be around 52 or 53 grains. Even that is not likely to get you to 3000fps, especially from a 24" barrel. If your best accuracy comes in at near max loads, you might get 2900fps or so out of it. From what I have seen of others' results, you might get 50fps more with Retumbo.
My 6.5-284 accuracy load came in at 52.5 grains of H4831, but I was getting ejector marks on the Lapua brass, which tells me the load is too hot. I haven't chronoed the load, but there was very little difference in performance between it and my 6.5x55 load using 48.2 grains of H4831 @ 600 yards. Both were fired from 26" barrels.
Keep in mind that most shooters reporting 3000+fps from the 6.5-284 are doing that from 30+" match barrels.