6.5x47 build with pics and load data

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 115vld, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Alright fellers I finally got my competition rifle finished and shot in. It is a 6.5x47 Lapua and it isnt too hard on the eyes. Here are the specs on her:

    Remington 700 LH short action
    Huber Concepts two stage trigger
    CDI bottom metal with AI 10 round DBM
    Lawton custom contoured barrel finished at 29"
    McMillan A3 with 3 way butt plate and integral adj cheek piece
    Badger base and rings
    as of now topped with Leupold MK4 6.5-20 because it was a paper weight

    Load development...

    Since I dont have internet out on my ranch(typing this on my dads computer over the break) I have to depend on my iphone to keep me in the loop on this website. And of course since I have limited service in my house, I cant look up data that often. Anyways, I was not able to find what I wanted on this sight so i went over to 6mmbr.com and only scratched the surface of what I needed. It seems that everyone and their freakin wifes poodle is shooting R15. Well that is fine and dandy for all those left coasters whos temp stays pretty even year round. Well I live in central Texas and as most of you guys may know, our weather is not quite as cooperative. So I went ahead and bought one pound of R15 and a pound of H4350. So i broke the barrel in using David Tubb's method and this is what it shot in barrel break in at 100 yards with 10 shots...

    I was shooting at the deers head..
    [​IMG]Well I was instantly excited because of the potential this rifle would have. So after finishing the break in I started working up loads with R15 just to make sure it wasnt going to work. Well long story short I shot 123 scenars, 130 bergers, and 123 match kings at all varying charges and depths. For whatever reasons the R15 didnt give me accuracy that I wanted. It would not shoot any of the loads under .5" On top of that the velocities were all over the place with some loads spanning over 100 fps.

    So on to H4350. I soon found this was the powder for my rifle as it shot all loads tested under .5" extreme spread. Well due to having only limited amounts of Bergers and scenars left, i kept what few I had to shoot at LR. So i had to do a load development with the Sierras. I started around 38 gr and bumped up .3 at a time. I noticed that as i went up, the groups kept shrinking and the velocities kept getting closer together. Just what i wanted. well after getting to 42 even it shot 3 consecutive groups that were a single hole with 5 shots and the vel was all within 15 fps of 3020 (on all 15 shots). My work here is done. 42gr of H4350 seated .1" jump into lands. Off to some distance work now.

    Here are two different 3 shot groups with 123 scenars, and 130 bergers(last 3 of each I had left..)
    scenars are the splash on lower left and bergers just upper right. Both not bad for 550 yards.
    [​IMG]So not too bad... It gets better

    So now time to shoot the Seirra Match Kings. I honestly thought these would finish last amongst what I tested. Not true. Finished first by a long shot(no pun intended)

    Here is a 600 yard 10 shot group. It went at 2.1"(sitting just above the circle plate). There are some other splash marks a little lower on the plate but they were from my 7mm at 1000 yards. Please forgive...
    [​IMG]So it does great at 600. I was pretty pumped at this point. Now on to 1000 for the final conformation. I was shooting at my hog silhouette where I teach my long range classes. I had fair conditions. 55 degrees, 32% humidity, 300 ft altitude, 29.88 BP, wind from 2' at 4mph holding steady. Dialed up 27+2, over 2+3. Sent three shots down range quickly before the wind changed. Drove up to the target and my knees almost buckled on me!!!

    [​IMG] Wow a sub 3" group at 1000 yards! I am so excited about this rifle its not even funny!!

    Yesterday I shot a big cull 7 pt at 598 yards and dropped him with this rifle. Hi shoulder shot. Weighed 216 lbs. not a bad kill for the first one with this rifle.

    BTW here is a pic of her...
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  2. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    here is another pic of her with my custom 7mm
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  3. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Great rifle. Havent seen ya here in a time, must be due to that new long range munitions delevery system.
     
  4. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Ya man I dont have internet so i cant post unless i go to somewhere who does. I have a whole bunch of stuff to post. I have shot a near book mule deer, several hogs, and several whitetail at all over 500 yards this season. Just wish I could get internet at my ranch! Im getting ready for the competition season to start and am getting about 100 rounds down range a week out to 1300 with my 6.5x47. It is spot on and dope is perfect. Making hostage shots at 800 with no trouble. Its wicked accurate and predictable. I threaten to put my NF on it but am having trouble justifying it now. Building one for my pops as he wants to compete this year. Makes me proud to be able to do that stuff with him. Cant wait!!!
     
  5. nddodd

    nddodd Well-Known Member

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    Good looking rig and awesome shooting, I'm really wanting to build a 6.5x47 or a 6x47 I just can't decide on which to do. Whichever I decide to do I hope it shoots like yours is for you. Good luck to you and your father shooting in your competitions this year.


    Nathan
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked in to getting a card for your computer. I have no net access where I live the wife and I got a verision wireless card for the labtop works ok.
     
  7. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    Great looking rifles!! Who built them?
     
  8. RMulhern

    RMulhern Well-Known Member

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    My Jon Beanland 6.5x47L will do this on a regular basis from 600 yds. on a decent day. I called the two rounds at the slight upper left! This was the first 5 shot group I fired with it from 600 and it wasn't centered but at that time I was just seeing what it would do. This was with 38.5 grs. Varget/BR4 Primer/123 gr. SHPBT seated slightly into the lands! The card is 2 7/8" length.

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  9. trebark

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    Simply bada$$
     
  10. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Capt academy- Jim bullock of JBJ custom guns out of new waverly tx builds all my rifles. He actually sponsors me now. He has yet to build a rifle for me or any of my clients that didn't shoot under 10" at 1000. His contact info is 936-436-9380. He's an excellent rifle smith. Builds a he'll of a 1911 also.

    Sharpsman- looks like u have a great shooter! Its a great feeling knowing your rifle is capable of such accuracy isn't it??!!
     
  11. RMulhern

    RMulhern Well-Known Member

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    115vld

    What's REALLY NICE....is knowing that Jon Beanland can build a rifle that will do this with REAL REGULAR CONSISTENCY!! Not only has Jon built this rifle for me....but he has built several rifles for my son that will do the same thing.....in various calibers!

    Yes sir.....IT'S NICE!!

    Hope you had a MERRY CHRISTMAS....and a good coming NEW YEAR.....in spite of the IDIOT in the White House!!
     
  12. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Roger that buddy!
     
  13. jdefranc938

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    Hey guys! I'm new to this forum but not new to the shooting world. I'm in the process of waiting for my 6.5x47L to get finished. So far I have 107, 120, and 130 grain bullets. However I can't seem to find any real max and mins for determining my load. I'm not asking anyone to share their pet loads, I just want to know the ranges that you have tried. I agree with the original post, in that I live in SW Pennsylvania and the temperature is forever changing. Therefor I prefer to use H4350, Varget, or even IMR4350. If you have any input on powder charge ranges for the components I listed above, please help me out! Anything is appreciated.
     
  14. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    I would start around 37 gr and go up to 41 with 130 gr bullets. No higher unless your don't have a sticky bolt or ejector marks. That's with h4350. I stopped at 42 with my 123's and didn't care to go hotter. Shot too good at 3020 fps. 29" barrel.