Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag
Yes and I also remember they said that years ago & kept the basic data the same. About the first time they said that we also were warned about the Swift. Kinda funny, the 257Roy is more overbore, but not as many worried about that one.
Actually the 5th edition says the following: "We burned out several barrels in developing the first data for the 264." "Data" and load development are 2 diff. animals. With data, they need to find max with all powders listed, which is several times the amount of shooting needed to develop a "load." Hornady in supplying DATA for 1 weight bullet used 12 different powders for example. We can grab 2-3 powders & 3-4 bullets we want to try and find that LOAD pretty quick.
It took me about 30 shots to develop a 120BT load for Whitetails this last fall, took a good Riverbottom Buck, this summer I will try 130 Acc. bullets, 140 A-Max & 140 Berger and be done with it. Then it's some testing at the ranges I will use this rifle & it will last a lifetime. Then one of my boys will get it and they can use it for years, that is if hunting seasons are allowed. I believe barrel life is the least of our worries at this point.
I have lessor rounds for volume shooting, which I would have needed just as much to go along with a 6.5AI as I do for my 264.
Ryan, I think you will be happy with your choice!
You will not make peace with the Blue Coats, you are free to go.