Good long range 6.5mm hunting bullet?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by CINOSBUS, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. CINOSBUS

    CINOSBUS Member

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    I've been looking around and see a few that MIGHT work for whitetails.

    Berger VLDs, Accubonds, Hornady SSTs, Sierra SMKs and Lapua Scenars.

    I'd like to be in the 140gr range for a good BC.

    Anybody tried these on game and have good luck with a 6.5x55 or other 6.5 working at a similar velocity? I'm getting about 2800fps with the 140gr bullets I've shot in the past (140 partitions) according to my Chronograph.

    I'd like to have a bullet that would still work OK if I had a close shot.

    I would not have an opportunity (or plant to) to shoot past 600yd at game with this setup.
     
  2. Tiff

    Tiff Active Member

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    I used to have a 6.5x55 with a 30" tube and it loved the 140 Berger VLD's. They worked well out to 1,200 on paper and 400 ish was the furthest I was able to shoot it on roe (weight 40-60 lbs) and red (140+lbs). All of them dropped on the spot when I did my bit:). Closest shot was 4 yards, looking down the side of the barrel, still worked fine!
     

  3. JustC

    JustC Well-Known Member

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    140gr a-max works great for me in a 6.5x55AI.
     
  4. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    130 Accubond.....b/c you mentioned closer shots.
     
  5. Ridge Runner

    Ridge Runner Well-Known Member

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    Lapua's suk for performance on deer. I was also warned, but they were shooting .3 moa at 500 yards, shot one deer at 781, porrest performance I ever saw, bullet broke in 2 on impact at 2000 fps, and separated, found all 3 pieces of the bullet but never again will I use them on game.
    RR
     
  6. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

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    I am still waiting for my son's gun to get finished, so I have not tried them yet, but I chose the 130grn Sirrocco. They have the highest bc according to their web sight.

    The rifle should be done in the next week or so. I will report on how it shoots when we get to start shooting it.

    This bullet should perform well long or short. Just my opinion.

    Steve
     
  7. gun_rat82

    gun_rat82 Well-Known Member

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    Barnes TSX will work inside your range limits and will shoot like a hot dam!
     
  8. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    It will. I have experience with the Sciroccos and they are very good hunting bullets. Be patient with load development. I recommend you begin by seating this bullet at the lands.
     
  9. 6.5x300

    6.5x300 Well-Known Member

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    Load 140 SST hornady in 6.5x55 Swede M94 2500-2600 fps. Shot 2 large 4pt muelies both in neck within 40 yards. Crushed spine with 1 in. exit hole other side. Some day I'll learn how to post the pics.

    Good shooting
     
  10. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    I'll second the 140 a-max. I'm at over 10 one shot kills from 75 to 609 yards.
     
  11. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Cauterucio, 141 grain, 625 or 650 BC.