Re: Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Loading Questions
My guess is yes. That is why I think you could back off a grain or even .5 and try again. As long as the bolt lift is OK, I would try it personally. You will be close to 2900 FPS and close the accuracy node most find for the 6.5-284. I see it around 2700-2800 and again at 2900-3000. I was at 2970-3000 for a long time but pressures were pushing the limits. I am down to 2940 with 140 vlds and the rifle is performing very well. I run 52.5 retumbo with 160 Matrix at 2700 and they are awesome.
It's just my opinion mind you but I would probably try 51.5 to 52 and do the seating test. I test and load in the field so I don't waste a bunch of time and ammo. I would load 2 up with 52 grains at .000 off and shoot. If you get bugholes and you have enough bullet in the case neck to be safe, you are done. If not, load 2 rounds at .020.......etc If you get two bullets dang close to each other, load a 3rd, then a 4th. If all shoot .5 or less, tweak powder and/or depth a little.
BTW- I tend to test VLD bullets at 200 not 100. I will assume you are a good shooter and capable of producing repeatable excellent groups. VLDs just start settling down at 200 and they really shine from 500 on.