Re: What is your favorite 6.5mm round?
Originally Posted by lboom
I have 2 6.5 dakotas and I love them. They are so much more than my old 264. Alot of guns are barrel burners if you heat the barrel up. I have over 1000 rounds threw mine and it still shoots good. 140 grain at 3400 to 3450. 75 grains of retumbo. 3363 at 74.5 of retumbo.My 140 grain have just a bit more energy at 1000 yards than a 7mm 168 grain and shoot a lot flatter. My case life is unbelievabe,at least 20 reloads per case and have never had a case failure except when I was developing loads and got too hot and swelled the case. Dont want it that hot,turn it down,still shoots great and more accurate than the belted cases.
Case failure is a headspace/over-working of brass issue, not a pressure issue. Extreme presure will swell cases and open up primer pockets, but head separations are headspace related, and neck splits are too much sizing related. If you have a tight chamber and don't size your brass too much, then even hot loads won't crack your brass. (Just FYI)
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