6.5x284 shooters

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  1. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    How fast are you guys pushing the 140 gr bullets with your 6.5x284? I have a 25-06 rem. with the barrel almost done and am thinking about rebarreling to the 6.5x284. This would be used for long distance deer and antelope only. Reasons that I am wanting to do this is because of the 140 gr Berger and the ability to use Lapua brass.

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  2. ak1251

    ak1251 Well-Known Member

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    I'm only pushing mine @ 2850-2875. In both of the 6.5x284 I've built, this seems to be the most accurate using 45.5 gr of h4350.
     

  3. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    I run the 140's at about 2865 fps from a 25" barrel. I've run them up to 2950+ in this rifle with good accuracy.

    I'm confident that the milder load is sufficient to take deer at 800+ yds which is about as far as I can range and stage a shot where we normally hunt. And, it still performs nicely on steel out to 1k.

    I have bigger cartridges if I need to reach out farther.

    -- richard
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    With the most recent lots of Retumbo I'm getting velocities of 3000-3020 FPS out of two 6.5x284 rifles with 26" barrels and producing consistent .25-.5 MOA. Lapua brass, 140 Hunting Berger VLD's and Fed215's. Older lots were producing velocities of 2965 with the same charge of 59gr. Pressures appear to be the same, as are the ES which are running 10 FPS or less. Interestingly, both my rifles perform best with bullets seated .075" off the lands. I run my hunting loads at 2965 even with the newer lots of Retumbo because I use calibrated turrets. This requires backing off 1.5 gr. with the new lots of Retumbo. I am exclusively a deer and antelope hunter and found that the 140's at 2950+ are deadly from 50-1000 yards. No bullet blow up, and complete penetration, 1" entrance, 2-3" exit wounds on broadside shots.
     
  5. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    2950 with 4831sc.

    26 inch barrel.
     
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  6. model70rum

    model70rum Well-Known Member

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    2950 with H4350 28 inch barrel.
     
  7. santee116

    santee116 Well-Known Member

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    Berger 140 VLD

    2960 with H4831SC and a 29" barrel

    Fairly mild load in my rifle
     
  8. Weezer

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    Have pushed mine to 3000-3100 from a 26" bbl with 140 VLD. Ran a stiff load of Retumbo and I'm at 4000ft altitude. It shot moa @ 600yds+. Longest cold bore shot was 960yds. I find it more fun to run 2900-2950fps. Things wear out faster when you have the throttle to the floor all the time. Good luck, Weezer
     
  9. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all of the replies. For those that are shooting H4831SC, what kind of accuracy are you getting at extended ranges? I use that powder in my 25-06 now so it would be nice to be able to use that powder for the 6.5 as well.
     
  10. Sauer 150

    Sauer 150 Well-Known Member

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    56-58 grs of Re 25 behind 140's from Lapua/Berger/Nosler is giving us 2920-3080 in 3 different 28" barrels.

    57-58 might be to hot in some barrels.

    Lapua brass, Fed 210M, touching lands
     
  11. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I get .25MOA at 500 yards with my LRH in 6.5x284. Hunting 140 VLD's, 53 gr. 4831sc, Fed 210M. .075" off the lands.
     
  12. Weezer

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    Surf the web and I think you will find the 600yd match winners running very close to what Grayfox posted