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6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

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Unread 10-13-2012, 10:19 PM
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6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

I bought a new rifle in 6.5x.284 not really intended for real long shots and I would like to shoot some lighter stuff with it. Any data on any thing lighter than 140 would be great. Thanks
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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    Got great accuracy with 100gn Ballistic Tips, 54.5gn of AA3100 and BR2. Accuracy ran .327" from a stock Savage, however, don't think AA3100 is being made anymore :(.

    Also tried 120gn SMK's with 50.0gn of AA3100 and BR2's. Accuracy was .452".

    Loaded some 100gn Sierra HP's with H4350/BR2's...Best accuracy was at 53.5 and 54.0gn's. Groups were .204" and .257", respectively.

    120gn Ballistic Tip, 52.0gn IMR4831/BR2, 3145fps @ .381" (100yd).

    120gn Ballistic Tip, 58.5gn RL25/BR2, 3225fps @ .3445" (100yds) current deer/target load.

    130gn Berger VLD Hunting, 50.5 & 51.0gn of RL17/BR2, .474" & .426", respectively.

    The only 140's I have shot in this rifle were the 140gn AccuTip and accuracy was so so.

    Hope this helps. JohnnyK.
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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    Thanks, what is the barrel length?
    What was the velocity for the 130's?
    How did the bullets perform on game?
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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    Barrel length is 26". Didn't chrono the 130's. Couldn't find a spectacular load that I wanted to call my own and I have only tried the 120gn Ballistic Tips on deer and hogs. Everything they touch keeps dieing! JohnnyK.
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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    The 130 berger vld will perform well. Took out a cow elk @400yds. with one out of my 260. It didn't exit, but it hit the off shoulder.

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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    Thanks guys, I have a couple hundred 130 vlds that I plan on using. Thought of using something in 120s also. I'll see how the rifle shoots.
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    Re: 6.5x.284 load data for lighter bullets?

    I have attached a list of loads from shooting times magazine for the 6.5X284. There are some excellent loads in there.

    I have a Cooper Firearms of Montana Model 22 in a 6.5X284. It has a 26 inch barrel and I shoot pretty consistent 1/3", 3 shot groups from a benchrest.

    I like the Barnes 120gr. TTSX with 53.5 grains of Alliant Reloader 22 for hunting whitetails.

    I hit a Whitetail Buck at about 50 yards with this round and he did not get very far. I also nailed a 130 pound doe at about 125 yards and knocked her over like a bowling pin. She did not get up.

    The 120gr. Nosler balistic tip, with 44.0 grains of Hodgdon Varget is very accurate but I will not use it for hunting because I have heard some stories about it breaking up. The Barnes TSX and TTSX will retain there mass and blow clean through whitetail I think out to 600 yards. I do not have the balistic chart handy so I would check on the distance but I am pretty sure that is right.

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