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Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:34 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

Wow Brent. You're really stretching yours out there. If I can get good grouping and my shooter program calculated to be accurate at 1000 I'll be super happy. I only have one place to shoot that far here, but I hope to take it out west for a mule deer next year. Or the year after maybe.

You're shooting 56.5 grains of Retumbo right now? Mine had near no pressure sign at 57.3 grains of Retumbo. I think I may load a group at 57.5 and 57.7 and see how they shoot. The 3 shots that I had confidence in of Retumbo this weekend grouped at 1/4 MOA at 200 yards. Still not as tight as the 4831 but if there's more speed there ill go for it. The extra speed is bound to help at longer ranges.

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Old 09-16-2013, 09:11 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

That is how I do it too. More speed and good accuracy equal better overall long range performance. I have a 3006 that shoots .30 groups with a 180 grain pill. If I needed knock down power for closer range I would use it. Love that rifle, it was gift from my dad over 30 yrs ago. This 6.5 was purchased as a 1000 yard rifle with lower recoil and high BC bullet for wolf hunting. It has exceeded my expectations at 1000 so I am trying to find my and it's weakness at the longer ranges. Right now I am not too confident in 1st round hits at 1500 but I feel pretty good at 1300 and less on kill zones for a wolf or larger animal. I have more work to do though. Still learning.

What depth are you now seating the VLD bullets?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:08 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

I'd don't have a device to measure to ogive. All I normally do is measure with one bullet and set the die with that bullet. Measuring several bullets to the tip with a set of calipers I come up with an average of 3.242". Because the tips vary some rounds measure as short as 3.238" and some as long as 3.246".

Wow, first round hits at 1300 is super impressive. Hope you poke a wolf out there.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:46 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

Hornady makes a real nice unit for that. It is not too expensive and if you have calipers already it is slick. When I get home I will measure base to tip and see what I come up with. I don't recall if I ever measured that.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

My LRH's COAL using Berger Hunting 140's is 3.11". This puts me about .075" off the lands. The tips can vary as much as .005-.010" but the ogive measurments are typically within a few thousanths of an inch, even from lot to lot. If you can get accurate measurements, save that bullet. You can use this measurement to tell if you are eating up your throat. A very useful check if you begin to see changes in accuracy.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

One of these days I will buy that Hornaday guage.

Greyfox. Please elaborate on how you can check the throat and what cause the throat to eat up. I'm new to these super calibers.

Also I'd love to hear some of everyone's cartridge lengths to tip of bullet. It sounds like mine may be much longer. Which is probably why I have near no pressure signs with 57.3 grains of Retumbo.

Once I get this thing all dialed in and my shooter program calibrated I'll order a CTS label for the turret for my residing area since this is where 90% of its use will be. After that this rifle will be lucky to see 50 rounds a year. Most likelY more like 20, so throat erosion and barrel burnout aren't really high concerns of mine. This will be my long range hunting rifle.

Most of my long range shooting is with a Mosin Nagant that I built as a tinker toy. I really enjoy shooting it, it's my go to LR fun gun. It shoot 1/2-3/4 MOA pretty consistant and really I thing shooting this round at long range makes me a better shooter. You have to be twice as accurate at judging wind and distance because of the fast drop and heavy wind push. Here's a pic of my fun gun.
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Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions

Have any of you used the CTS labels on your rifles?
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