6.5-06 best powder for 140gr. Bullets

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  1. Fred Ea

    Fred Ea Well-Known Member

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    I am having a 6.5-06 built for target- hunting and wondering what powder gives the best velocity with 130gr.-140gr. Bullets. Any 6.5-06 owners out there with any suggestions.
    I have a bunch of IMR4831 and IMR7828sc on hand if anyone has a load with these on hand. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
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  2. CPGfan

    CPGfan Well-Known Member

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    I shoot Retumbo in my 6.5-06AI's. But H4350, 4831, Retumbo, and Ramshot Magnum are all good choices.
     

  3. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    Your 4831 and 7828 are both very good choices.

    IMR4831 = 46 gr to start out ... it depends on WHAT 140gr bullet.
    IMR7828 = 49.2 to start, again depending on what pill you use. Both of these are upper, but SANE, loads so it might be a good idea to drop about 1gr below and shoot 1 round to look for potential pressure sign just to be safe. Honestly, the 7828 may very well be THE powder for the 140gr pills

    I recommend Win. LR. Primers 100% for sure with either of these powders.

    Have a good one,
    Gary
     
  4. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

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    Mine loves 140 Bergers and RL22. Just saw a report on a guy running 7828SSC with great success as well though. Another one to consider is H1000. Good luck
     
  5. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    +1 to H1000 it is one of my go to powders.

    Gary
     
  6. jlamb

    jlamb Well-Known Member

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    I use H4831 on two different 6.5-06 rifles. One a tactical setup with 142gr SMK's and the other a sporter with 140grn Accubonds. I'm getting and ave .5" 5-shot groups from the tactical and .6" 3-shot groups from the sporter. The H4831 also seems to be stable over a wide range of temperatures.
     
  7. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    H4831sc is a really solid powder choice. I like most of the Hodgdon Extreme powders. Personally I will take a high degree of consistency over a broad range of ambient conditions over pure velocity any day of the week. Fortunately with H4831sc you rarely have to compromise in this area gun) ||

    Gary
     
  8. Fred Ea

    Fred Ea Well-Known Member

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    Everyone,
    I appreciate the insight on your loads and will consider all of them. I have a lot of IMR7828ssc so I will probably start with it, but also have some of the other powders too. I will test these and see what happens.
    Thanks.
    FE
     
  9. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    Fred,

    Hey that IMR7828SSC will do you proud! I used to have a 300WM that was a solid 1moa rifle no matter what I tried. Then one day I bought a pound of IMR7828SSC and suddenly that rifle was piling them up into just slightly over 1/2 moa! Ended up selling that old dog to my brother-in-law. After that I tried it in my 6.5x55 BJAI and it shot really good there too!

    Over all H1000 is sill my slow burning favorite ( i have 24lbs of it ), but I do have an 8lb'r of IMR7828SSC that gets used ever so often too!

    Have a good one,
    Gary
     
  10. Trnelson

    Trnelson Well-Known Member

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    + 1 for H-1000 and the 142 Sierra Match King. I found the best accuracy node at 54.4g which is .6 below published maximum. I haven't had it across the chronograph yet, but it should be at least 2,800 fps. The IMR 7828sc is good medicine as well for the 140g range 6.5 bullets and provides a good case fill, but hasn't shown me what I'm looking for. My rig has a 26" tube on it (next barrel will be finished at 30") FWIW. BTW I'm using Federal 210 Large Rifle Primers. Best of luck and safe shooting YMMV.
     
  11. Fred Ea

    Fred Ea Well-Known Member

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    I have bought a box of the 140gr. Bergers just for this rifle and they will see some action as soon as I get the rifle back in a few weeks.
    Thanks,
    FE
     
  12. jakelly

    jakelly Well-Known Member

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    I am working up a load on my 6.5-06 AI using:
    H4831sc
    H1000
    IMR7828
    Magnum
    Magpro

    When the rifle was barreled in 6.5-06 I used H4831sc and Fed210m primers.

    I'll let you know what works best, when I'm done.
     
  13. .284

    .284 Well-Known Member

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    H1000 will give higher velocities than h 4831. I have an 8.5 twist and get 2980ish with the 140 bergers from a 24 inch tube with good accuracy and no pressure signs. H 4831 was 2830ish with accuracy. Those are the only two I tried.
     
  14. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    My dad uses IMR7828sc with 140 Bergers in his 6.5-06AI. He tried H1000 and Retumbo but he liked 7828 the best. His has a 28in tube and is getting just under 3100fps. I know he played with Retumbo for awhile and was getting over 3200fps but that load was leaving ejector marks and the accuracy wasn't as good as the 7828.

    I don't know how temp stable 7828 is and I'm not sure it would be my first choice but it seems to be working well for my dad's 6.5-06AI