Originally Posted by olsingleshot
I am the author and there are three reasons I used lower velocities. I do not see the sense in shooting out a barrel in 800 rounds just for 100-200fps. I have had both shoulders operated on and I do not like recoil and since I do most of my shooting off a bench, lower velocity seems best so I can enjoy the rifle with the luxury to go faster, bigger if I want. I shot a nice buck with it and the deer went straight down. It is like having a finely tuned sports car. I don't see the need to keep it floored all the time. BUT I can if I want.
Fine and dandy if shooting for your own purposes, but when done as part of a review, it doesn't tell anyone what the full capability of the rifle looks like. A few max loads for test will have little effect on ultimate barrel life and the 6.5-284 is not known for recoil even at max loads.
You may have a finely tuned sports car or you may not. Driving it around the block at 25 MPH isn't likely to tell anyone much about its capabilities. No one says you have to KEEP it floored. If you are not going to test it, you may as well be driving a Prius.