Originally Posted by trucraft
I have a feeling this calibre is going to be come quite popular once people catch on to the fact it don't have to be a total barrel burner with the right load.
Good luck in the fall.
Thank you sir, yeah, I really am liking the round now that I got it to shoot, when I first got this thing together, I was struggling with accuracy, it would shoot MOA/MOA and a half and was not consistent at all, I was just about to give up on it when I found that there was an article on the Berger bullets. Berger Bullets Seating Method for VLD Bullets - A "Sweet Spot" with a Long Bullet Jump will give the best accuracy.
Once I went through the process outlined in the article and found the sweet spot, which ended up being the 130 grain Berger with 63 Grains of H-1000 .063" off the lands it shoots bug-holes at 100 yards!
The group on the left has three through one hole, the other two I pulled, the group on the right was with a pretty warm barrel, that is rounds 20-25 in a 30 round string shot during testing, I had loaded 2 sets of 5 rounds for three different OAL's to test and I shot one of each then fired a second batch the same way. I was able to repeat this with my next outing....loving this rifle with this load!
It puts a ton of energy on target and should have no problem with any game in North America. I shot two deer and an elk with my 6.5 Creedmoor last fall. (two deer at 500 yards and 525 respectively, and the elk at 650 yards) The elk I believe was pushing the limits of that round, my first shot hit behind the shoulder and went completely through the animal jellying the liver on the way, but he didn't drop right away and he turned quartering towards me and I sent another round, it hit him directly in the shoulder and that dropped him. I didn't think anything of it until I skinned it out and I found that second round had only penetrated about an inch into the dense muscle tissue in the shoulder, if that had been my first shot that could have been a bad deal. I think just the shock of getting hit that second time dropped him from the first/fatal wound, but that is what prompted me to pursue the 6.5 SAUM, I like the ballistics of the 6.5, but just wanted a little more punch behind it. Hopefully I will get an opportunity to test it out!