6.5 Creedmoor in a M1A

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by coastguardchas, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. coastguardchas

    coastguardchas Member

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    Just acquired a M1A in 6.5 CM, 130gr Barnes tsx to start reloads. rel 16,17, or imr, h4350 for powder. Any suggestions??
    Chas
     
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  2. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    I have an idea, sell it to me! Let me know how it shoots I am thinking I need one.
     
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  3. coastguardchas

    coastguardchas Member

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    can I shoot it first?
     
  4. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    IF you must lol. I load lots of Creedmoor but none with the powders you have listed. I use W760 and I am running a test on Tuesday with reloader 26. There is a whole thread on reloader 26 with the 6.5 creed. You also shouldn't have any issue getting info on H4350. I bought a ton of H4350 for my creed rifles but was pleased with the results from W760 so I never changed. Any way good luck and be safe.
     
  5. coastguardchas

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    thanks Tidy, will be very careful, don't want a bent op rod.. Chas
     
  6. The Oregonian

    The Oregonian Well-Known Member

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    I have been able to get H4350 working well pretty quickly. Berger VLD hunting .020 off the lands. Worked up to 43.2 getting me to 2840fps. No pressure signs at all. Low SD on the load as well. Normal disclaimers apply - start low and work up.

    Using Lapua SRP brass and Federal 205 SRP with Redding Type S dies...low runout on the ammo.
     
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  7. Beardeddeer91

    Beardeddeer91 Well-Known Member

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    H4350 seems to be magic out of a 6.5 CM in my experience.
     
  8. Douglasskid

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    Gotta try R26 in my creed.
     
  9. coastguardchas

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    R26 seems too slow burning for the M1A, probably will stick with R16 or R17 or H4350, but keep any info coming.. Chas
     
  10. Jerry M

    Jerry M Well-Known Member

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    I am wondering about the powder, since the original M-14 was designed for IMR4895, H4895, etc speed powder. You will damage a M1-A (M-14) in .308 Win (7.62x51) using a powder as slow as IMR4350 or H4350. I would be curious if this is also true for this rifle.

    Remember that bolt is moving milliseconds after the trigger is pulled. One of the reasons that the M-14, M1-A is so tough on brass.

    Good luck

    Jerry
     
  11. coastguardchas

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    JM: thanks for info, might start with h4895. Chas