More 6.5x284 Questions...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TimeOnTarget, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. TimeOnTarget

    TimeOnTarget Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    Finally got some trigger/loading time on my 6.5 this morning.

    I must have gotten a short throat barrel because @ 3.03" with 140 bergers im touching the lands.

    My die will only go down to 2.94 and even @ 3.03 That puts dang near half of the 140vld inside the case.

    I've tried from 2.94 to 3.13 COAL. I've only tried 2 powders so far. h4831sc and Retumbo. Best group so far was 49.0grns of h4831sc @ 3.13 (1-1.25") but this is a hunting rifle and not real keen on the idea of putting the bullet .10 into the lands. The retumbo produced 1.5 groups @ best

    Rifle specs.

    Savage 110 action
    26" shilen barrel 1-8" twist
    B&C Medalist stock(not bedded)
    Rifle basix trigger

    Any ideas how to get this short throated barrel to shoot? I'd really like to shoot the 140vlds but with the bullet being so long it just might not work out.

  2. rokstockrangtang

    rokstockrangtang New Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    you might try the 140 amax,i tried bergers in my model 12 and couldn't get much of a group,went to the amax and had 6 out of 7 in 1 hole,the 7th was a little out,but all shots even the last you could cover with a dime.

  3. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    how many different lengths did you try? With my redding die when i am starting new loads i will start with my longest one i plan to shoot, load up three and then loosen up the bullet seater part of my seater die and turn it in a quarter turn which usually yeilds 12-15 thous deeper bullet seating. i will usually do 5 different lengths. Once i find the length that it likes the best i will start playing with powder charges going .3of a grain at a time up and down and see what i get. I also think you can bump up the powder charge a bit. I noticed some loads are reloaders nest go up to about 55.5gr. of 4831. Work up slowing and see how it reacts to the increase in powder. bedding it also be just what it needs to bring your groups in under an inch
  4. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    You could get the throat extended a bit.
    Don't go to the same person who chambered an 8tw 6.5-284 like that..