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.