Re: 6.5x284 norma
A 1:8 will handle 130gr bullets and give optimum stability for the 140 VLD's. Minimum barrel length of 24". I like 26" not including a brake. For hunting, the Berger Hunting 140gr VLD's give the best BC, and perform very well on game from 200-1000 yards. I assume you are using a long action. Have your gunsmith throat the rifle to handle the 140 Bergers, and it will handle the Sierras, and 130gr. bullets as well. The cartridge OAL with a Berger to the lands will be 3.18-3.19". I use H4831sc, 51-53 gr, and Retumbo, 57-59gr. Both will give velocities in the 2950-3000FPS range with a 26" barrel, low ES, and excellent temperature stability.
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