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Old 04-21-2011, 07:14 PM
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Needed 6.5x284 deer load

Like the title says what I need are suggestions for a good deer hunting load for use at 300 - 500 yards. To date I have only shot 123 Lapuas at steel and paper. As good as they shoot I have heard they act like FMJ's on deer. The plan as of now is using H4831 or H4350. The bullets will be either a Nosler 120 BT or Berger 130 Hunting VLD. If you have any opinions about either of these bullets....or any others you like, I would like to hear about them. Thanks, Mark
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: Needed 6.5x284 deer load

I use H-4350 and the 130 Berger-Works great
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:36 PM
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Re: Needed 6.5x284 deer load

51.8Gr Reloader 17, Berger 130VLD 3.195"OAL in my rifle, Fed 215 primer, 3200 FPS 1/2 inch groups at 200 yards all day, 0-5fps max spread depending on the weather. Only tested on deer to 320 yards by me, right behind the front shoulder DRT, no meat ruined as she was angling toward me just a hair. 1.5x3" exit wound on off side. Mine has a 26 inch barrel.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: Needed 6.5x284 deer load

there is a guy on 24hourcampfire - "scenarshooter" killed a ton of stuff with scenars out of three 308s. . i use 120 balistic tips and H-4350. i use the 123 for matches. re-17 good also.
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:56 AM
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Re: Needed 6.5x284 deer load

Lapua brass, 49 grains of vhitavuori N160, Berger 140 VLD, CCI BR-2 primer= 2950 FPS out of my gun. I shoot a broughton 5C 32" barrel. I would go with the 140's if you have the twist rate for them for the higher BC, if your going to be shooting deer at 3-5 hundred yards, I would speculate that you are going to be shooting some open terrain of some sort. You are more likely to need to "cheat" the wind in that type of shooting situation verses shooting down a shooting lane and this is where the heavier bullets really shine. Just my two cents worth.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:40 AM
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at 500 yards the 130VLD launched at an easy to achieve 3100 fps in a 10 mph wind has around 1.75 inches less drop and .5 inch more wind drift than a 140VLD launched at an equally easy to achieve 3000 fps. I looked into this a lot when choosing my bullet and the 130 has an advantage at ranges inside about 600 yards. The BC of the 140 will make little difference given the velocity you can achieve with the 130. The 140 will have 4 inches less wind drift but drops 6 inches more than the 130 even at 1000 yards. Now, if you can get there, my top velocity with the 140 is 3120 and then it only has 2 inches more drop than the 130 at 3200 fps and at 1000 yards and still 4 inches less wind drift. Really the only advantage if you know what your bullet is going to do is just a little more down range energy giving you about an extra hundred yards of range with the 140. Maybe less.

I chose by which one my gun liked better. That info is from the Berger ballistics calculator with the pre-entered atmospheric data. All was equal except the bullet weight, BC, and velocity. The velocity was entered from known achievable velocities in my rifle. Now, if you launch them both at the same velocity (you would not most likely) then yes, the 140 would have a significant advantage. But there is no need to slow the lighter bullet down just to say the other is going to be better. The 140 will reach the velocity of the 130 at about 600 yards or actually maybe 580 as it is 5 fps faster at 600. at 1000 yards the 140 is still carrying 50 fps more velocity, so it seems the BC of the 140 would not shine really untill beyond 900 or so yards where the 130 starts to fall off a little before the 140 does. When you are in to 550+ G1 or 280+ G7 BC range it takes quite a while for that extra 10 grains and .02 or so of ballistic coefficient to make a difference, where the velocity difference will show off at an earlier point and hold on till way out there.

Edit: Just for giggles I put in atmospheric data for an average late fall day hunting in my area and got very similar results. I used a 200 yard zero for all of this data.

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Old 04-23-2011, 03:03 AM
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Re: Needed 6.5x284 deer load

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Lapua brass, 49 grains of vhitavuori N160, Berger 140 VLD, CCI BR-2 primer= 2950 FPS out of my gun. I shoot a broughton 5C 32" barrel. I would go with the 140's if you have the twist rate for them for the higher BC, if your going to be shooting deer at 3-5 hundred yards, I would speculate that you are going to be shooting some open terrain of some sort. You are more likely to need to "cheat" the wind in that type of shooting situation verses shooting down a shooting lane and this is where the heavier bullets really shine. Just my two cents worth.
if you don't mind my asking, Why do you limit yourself at only 2950 fps in a hunting situation when you have a 32 inch barrel? And, if you know, why is my 26 inch barrel getting almost the exact same velocity as you are getting with 32 with the same load save the primer, I used fed 210 match. Very good load by the way! I can see limiting it for target use to preserve barrel life. But the wear you will get working up a hunting load to higher velocities will be minimal and can help some with wind drift at extreme ranges while stretching you maximum range. anyway, I was just under the impression that velocity was the main reason for the longer barrels. I can get 2950 quite easily with my 23 inch barrel 6.5-284. Not criticizing, I am just asking seriously.
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