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Old 03-17-2013, 11:13 AM
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6.5x284 Varmint Load?

I've quit shooting F-Class due to arthritis in my neck and would like to use my 6.5x284 shooting prairie dogs. I have some 100 gr. and 120 gr. Sierras left over from another rifle. Due to the component shortage I would probably like to start with these. Any ideas?
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:45 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

What was your F class load?

Do you have another rifle for the closer ones
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:58 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

I have 3 or 4 others for 400 or under. But I can't hardly see shooting 140-142 gr. bullets at young prairie dogs. Maybe I should though, just set it up for an over 400 yds. rifle. I was thinking to set it up for 3-500 yds, but maybe 400+ would make more sense. There is a problem with bullet availability though. I already have enough 120 Sierras if I shoot them.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:18 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

Mine were used on deer / g-hog comps and live ground hogs. I shot mainly 142's but gave 120 NBT's a go and they shot great. I only used it as a 400 and out on G-hogs so that was between 0-10 shots on an outing. I think if you use it for under 400 on p-dogs you could nuke a barrel on a good day. I would shoot it long and use what works best.

I have since went to a 8 twist no neck turn 6br and barrels are lasting longer
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:23 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

It's a barrel burner for sure, but any really flat shooting varmint load is. When this bbl. is gone I'm going to re-barrel to another barrel burner of some kind. I'll have 3 or 4 other rifles with me, so I won't burn it out in one trip. This barrel only has 160 rds through it. I also shoot prairie dogs with a 22 Hornet, a 223AI, a 204 and a 243. None of my bbls. currently have a high round count. Between all of them I only shoot about 2,000 rds per year, most of those through the three smaller caliber rifles.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:39 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

swampshooter,
I had great luck with the 100gn Ballistic Tip, but unfortunately it was with AA3100, which is no longer available. Great powder, wish it was still around. It also slung the 120gn SMK's in tight clusters.
120gn SMK, IMR 4831, 50.0-51.5gn's & BR2's shot sub MOA. I tried this load based on a shooting friends suggestion. While his rifle shot them a lot tighter, mine was so-so (.4-.8"), which is nothing spectacular, especially for a 6.5-284.
I tried some Sierra 100gn HP's using H4350/BR2's. 53.5gn & 54.0gn were .204" and .257", respectively. The 54.0gn load averaged 3331fps in my stock Savage w/26" barrel.
120gn NBT, IMR 4831, BR2, 52.0gn averaged .381" and 3145fps.
120gn NBT, RL25, BR2, 58.5gn = .3445" @ 3225fps, 59.0gn = .380" @ 3267fps. Pleasantly surprised with this load. It turned out 1.5 - 1.75" groups at 500yds.
I tried the 130gn Berger Hunting VLD and 140gn Accutip with various powder's and nothing really stood out. I got a few sub 1/2" groups but they usually couldn't be repeated. JohnnyK.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:44 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 Varmint Load?

I've still got about 3#'s of 3100. I'll give it a try. Do you remember any other particulars about that load that worked so well for you?
Thanks for your help. The 120's might work well for me also.
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