- Jan 12, 2006
RL26 and StaBALL are too fast to optimize the PRC case. Look at RL33 & VV570.
David, with the 122gr bullets we were referring to, those two powders work quite well. Its a copper solid with a very short bearing surface. Rl23, H4831sc, RL26 and stabal all get that bullet to 3300+ in my old 23" barrel.RL26 and StaBALL are too fast to optimize the PRC case. Look at RL33 & VV570.
Sir a couple of the hunters up here there money was some what tight so they had me get a part a month over the winter a proof barrel one month a action the next month then a stock two of them even went with used H&S off of e-bay I found them for !/2 the new price after all the parts were in we put them all togeather and head spaced them they now all have switch barrel rigs and know how to do it themselves best way to goThank you FEENIX. Budget is tight, however I don't think I will be happy with any of the "Factory" offerings. They are the wrong barrel length in the ones I like, and too dang heavy in the ones with 26" tubes. With the exception of Christensen Arms. I am not impressed with their quality.
Kris,David, with the 122gr bullets we were referring to, those two powders work quite well. Its a copper solid with a very short bearing surface. Rl23, H4831sc, RL26 and stabal all get that bullet to 3300+ in my old 23" barrel.
Hopefully this will help, as our equipment is somewhat similar. I am running a 26 inch, 1 in 8 twist barrel on a Curtis Helix action, ,caliber 6.5 PRC. I did my breakin with Hornady factory 147 grain ELDM and 143 grain ELDX ammunition. I used a Magnetospeed Sportster to measure velocities.First off I am a Newbie on here. Not a Newbie with shooting and reloading.
I am building/buying a 6.5PRC, I have decided on a 26" tube, however my choices unless I go Totally custom are pretty limited in this barrel length. Does anyone out there have reliable data on velocity with Hornady 147 ELDM "Factory Loaded" ammo out of a 24" and 26" tube for me to ponder on? I have brand new ADG brass, and I am planning on trying the ABLR 142gr, Horn ELDX 143gr, and Berger 156EOL. This will be mainly a Hunting rig. From my research so far I am scratching my head on why some many makers are building their rifles with 24" tubes and this cartridge, as I have read many Shooters claims that they are getting very close to PRC velocity's with their Creeds. If that is the case a 24" in this caliber seems like a waste?
If I build I am going with an Axiom Hybrid action and a 26-28" Proof tube 1-7.5t.
With the 122gr Lehigh’s and 124gr Hammers I got accuracy well under 1/2 MOA when I was using Superformance. Found out how temp sensitive that was so I got the 122gr Cayuga along with StaBall 6.5 to do some pressure testing.Have you gotten decent accuracy with the 122? I have shot a lot through a different barrel and it was a shotgun pattern. Pulled the barrel and sent it back to manufacturer. My new barrel will be here very soon. I used rl26 around 63.3gr to get 3340fps in my old rifle and that was a 23" barrel. I'd be interested in knowing you coal and freebore for jump preference.
Where did you find the load data for 6.5 PRC with staball 6.5 ? I have 7 pds of it and haven't used yet. Found 6.5 Creed data. No PRC. Thought maybe was not slow enough. Your load could be close to a 124 Hammer.Just did some testing on Thursday with my PRC, 57.5 gr of H1000 gives me 2963 fps out of a 24” Proof CF barrel. I have some RL-26 but have not yet gotten the chance to test it.
Running the light mono’s for hunting I got up to 3322 with 58.9gr StaBall 6.5 using the 122gr Cayuga solids with only slightly flattened primers.
Couldn’t find any so I cross referenced multiple sources comparing StaBall 6.5 to other powders in cases of similar volume then simply started low and worked my way up.Where did you find the load data for 6.5 PRC with staball 6.5 ? I have 7 pds of it and haven't used yet. Found 6.5 Creed data. No PRC. Thought maybe was not slow enough. Your load could be close to a 124 Hammer.
This is why I’ve been looking at posts with ur 264wm barrelnut and been considering it’s time to do them myself...or buy a lathe lolI know the feeling. My first full custom was ~$4K. While I can afford it, I have trouble justifying the cost for a one-time payment at that time. Because I was not in a hurry I started setting aside money for it. I purchased all the components myself with a consultation with my gunsmith. When done incrementally, it is a lot easier to manage. Just my personal experience for you to ponder. Good luck!
You saved me some work. Just bought some 153.5 few days ago. Some 200.2 30 cal. also. What next ? Haven't even tried 145 6.5 yet.Couldn’t find any so I cross referenced multiple sources comparing StaBall 6.5 to other powders in cases of similar volume then simply started low and worked my way up.
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Based on my testing so far I’m going to do more in small increments around 58gr and 59gr to see what comes of it. However that will have to wait, I’m currently going to start testing the 153.5gr Berger’s for a long range class with a 3000 fps limit. I figure the heavy bullets with H1000 should get me close without going over.
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