Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions
Very interesting thread. I have read 21 pages of posts regarding the 111 LRH in 6.5x284 gleaning some very good loading information. Let me start by saying I have yet to fire my Savage 111 LRH in 6.5x284 due to poor weather and lots of hunting days. I won this rifle at an egg shoot back in MA last fall. I am assuming it has been proof fired only. I have polished the bbl. with Isso to start with and plan a 50 round break in. I have noticed no one has discussed bbl. break in. Also, I moly coat ALL of my handloads to increase bbl. life. Yes, I know there is a dispairity amongst shooters in this regard. But, if Walt Berger stands by moly coated bullets, good 'nuff for me. Anyway, I have loaded 20 rounds with 107 SMK's for my initial break in. Once I have gone thru these I will load 140 VLD Bergers for the next 20, then on to 140 VLD Bergers and 140 SST for final load work up. My goal is to find a load that will be accurate and stable out to 1000 yds. Speed is not the goal, accuracy is the utmost and bbl. life, regardless of of moly coated bullets, is not an issue. I clean all my bbls. with Shooters Choice with 20% Kroil and gets the bbl. clean for me. If and when a bbl. seems difficult I employ Isso. BTW, I also shoot a Rem. 700 Mtn. rifle in a 260AI configuration. It has a pencil thin 22" bbl. that shoots bug holes out to 500 yds. This I load 130 VLD Bergers. The 130 VLd are too long for the magazine therefore it is essentially a singe shot rifle. But, the many WT, Mulie, Pronghorn and feral hog that I have taken have not complained about not being dead enuf. Next, I have an XP-100R chambered in 260AI that I load only Sierra 107 SMK,s atop 44.0 gr. of IMR4350. This is a fantasticly accurate load from a 14" Lilja bbl. It has accounted for many 'loper and WT. I guess you might say I have been bitten by the 6.5 bug. To close I look forward to this continuing post for more interesting posts by informed shooters. MTG
Good luck, good hunting and good shooting!