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Which 6.5mm Bullet for LR varmint?

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Unread 06-26-2013, 10:29 PM
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Re: Which 6.5mm Bullet for LR varmint?

Originally Posted by trebark View Post
Your bullet choice here will vary depending on your definition of longrange. If you want to shoot at 500 yards and closer just about any bullet will do. If you want to shoot 600 and farther, the heavier, higher BC bullets are better. Two weeks ago I was in Wyoming shooting prairie dogs with my 260. Ranges were 200 to 600 with winds in the 8 to 20mph range. I shoot the 130grain JLK and it bucked the wind pretty well. If you were shooting one of the lighter bullets you would be at a serious disadvantage in the wind.

When it comes to terminal ballistic performance, when it comes to varmints, I don't think it matters. If you can hit a prairie dog, it's dead.
Also what varmints?
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Unread 06-27-2013, 03:49 AM
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Re: Which 6.5mm Bullet for LR varmint?

I have been intrigued by the Sierra 107g Match King. The Sierra manual says it can be launched from a 6.5x55 @ 3200+ fps. I have some, but haven't done any serious load work with them yet. Too busy playing with the 140's. Lapua makes a 108g Scenar that is very similar and has a better bc. It may be worth a try if it is more available where you are.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 10:27 PM
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Re: Which 6.5mm Bullet for LR varmint?

I just purchased a box of 107gr Sierra HPBT match bullets for my 6.5-284 Savage LRH.I'll start a load process tomorrow.

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Unread 08-21-2013, 03:32 PM
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Re: Which 6.5mm Bullet for LR varmint?

I like the 85 gr Sierra. The box in the 70s carried a warning about not loading over 3300 fps but who had a chronograph?

There are two reasons I like the 85. First it has less recoil and the only bullet that does, even when pushed to 3700 with Reloader 19 in the .264 Win.

Second, the Sierra 85 will expand. I have shot crows, ravens, coots with the 100 gr Ballistic tip. It does not expand even in front of 67gr of R-19 at 3600 fps. I once shot two coyotes at 270 yards with the hundred ballistic tip. The second one had a fist size exit hole. The first one you could hide a pencil in the exit wound.

I have also tried the Sierra 100 gr bullets. Just more recoil and less expansion.

I am building a .22-6.5X47 Lapua with a 40 degree shoulder. Both barrels have been chambered but the dies need to be made and the barrels salt bath nitrided. The advantage I am looking for is the small primer pocket.
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