I would think a 6.5-.338 Norma Mag Improved would be even better, still have the Lapua/Peterson brass option, but an even shorter and more efficient powder column. Use that to push your 131 Hammer in a 7.5 twist, maybe hit 3900 with it? That would be pretty awesome as well.
Congrats on the Antelope tag And Bear season sounds really promisingI picked up the rifle today. Current load pushes a 124 grain Hammer Hunter to 3960 fps. Steve tested to 1100 yards with good results.
I've also been blessed with a Wyoming Antelope Tag. Hopefully those 2 pieces of good news collide in September.
Bear season here opens August 1, plenty of June moisture, the berries should be good, and perhaps we can collide with a bear as well.
You always take good pictures. The Norma's likely the better way to go if one has the action to support it........Been there, done that since 2012 with the 6.5 Prometheus at 105 gr H20 and still doing it with the 6.5 Skuldryl at 110 gr H20 with Peterson and Lapua brass, the coolest 6.5mm cartridge on the planet, 6.5 SKULDRYL.........
I just use whatever iphone I have on hand (7+) for the photo shoot with a bit of background set up on the kitchen countertop, seems the kitchen has the best lighting in the house for these type of photos, always impresses the gal, especially when I leave the stuff on there for hours, lolYou always take good pictures. The Norma's likely the better way to go if one has the action to support it.
From the beginning this has been about education and entertainment. High on the list of learned, is diving in again something supporting the Norma case would get the nod.
Tags in hand should keep the entertainment rolling.