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Unread 04-22-2005, 11:58 AM
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Re: 6mm loads


I have been doing a lot of load testing and have found that the heavier bullets work much better at the longer ranges. I did a little load testing the other day to see just how varmint bullets would work at the longer ranges. I used 1 gallon Clorex bottles filled with water at 500 meters to see how the bullets would act at this range. I used 70gr TNT's, 70gr Blitzking's, and 105gr Amax's. The 70gr TNT's and Blitzking's blew up quite nicely but the 105gr Amax leveled the jugs. What a difference. I've found that the Amax's are very explosive, Just like a varmint bullet. This has to be one of Hornadys best kept secrets.

My 6mm Ackley has a 1-10" twist barrel and shoots the 70gr bullets fine but won't stableize the 105 Amax. My 243 Ackley has a 1-9" twist and does a great job of stableizing both bullet weights. I put 9 shots out of 10 into 9" at 1000 yards the other day and the wind caught me and blew the tenth shot out to 16"

Give the Hornady Amax a try. You'll get the best of both worlds. Long range and explosive.

Catch you later,

The Big Dog

PS If you need some drop charts? I can e-mail them to you set up for every 50yds out to 1000yds. I just need to know the bullet and velocity. Also let me know what range you want it sighted in for. Also give me the MOA adjustments on your scope so I can give you the click adjustments. Or you can give me the load, bullet, barrel length, powder charge and I can figure it out myself. crystaleskies@yahoo.com
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Unread 04-24-2005, 08:40 PM
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Re: 6mm loads

Twist is 1:9 so I'm a little concerned about the 105's.

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The 105 Amax will stabilize in your 9" twist most definetly. Hornady changed the twist rate rating on this bullet about 2 years ago from an 8 to a 9.

But a word of caution: Measure the ogive and bearing surface length on them because they vary as much as .008"!

I can also usually get about 250 fps more out of a 85 grainish bullet than a 100 grainish (highly technical term )so was wondering if the 87 would be a good way to go despite the lower BC.

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It all depends how far you want to shoot. Ultimately, the higher bc bullet will always win out in the long run. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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