Alternative bullets 6.5

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by BrentM, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    Since Bergers are no longer a viable option for over the counter purchase I want to see what the thoughts are regarding BOTW 142 JLK and Matrix 142 VLD.

    I have shot the 160 Matrix with good accuracy success but am still unsure of their use at LR on yotes and wolves. The one dog I did confirm a kill on at 730 yards was penciled. Bad hit through the abdomen. Not a good test I know.

    Just need to get on with other bullets so I still shoot and hunt. Any thoughts or other options on good LR bullets on smaller animals would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    Try 123gr Hornady A-MAXs, they have a G1 BC of .510 or a 140gr A-MAX with a .585 BC. Have seen that these work excellent on game.
     
  3. 6.5shaggy

    6.5shaggy Well-Known Member

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    Why not the Bergers? Bullets.com has them in stock and at good prices. But since you asked, I've used the Amaxes with great accuracy, but some expansion issues, and I have a box of 140 hornady matchs that I will try upon my next reload session.
     
  4. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    My thought exactly. The 140's should be available soon. BTW, there is now a 123 SST being produced. Midway shows it to be in stock. I don't think you would have trouble with penciling with any of the Hornady bullets.
     
  5. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    I shoot the 140 a-max with great result. Not really sure if i would recommend it for game but they do work.
     
  6. Jud96

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    Those 123 SSTs would be nice, doubt their BCs are as high as the A-MAX is though. I'm looking forward to trying the A-MAXs on game, I have heard tons of great experiences on guys using them for hunting
     
  7. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    Bullets.com showed out of stock on 500 lot. I managed to round up 700 from different sources on line. Locally bullets in the 6.5 are extremely rare and bergers a like unicorns.
    I need to stick with the highest bc hunting bullet I can for game. Target bullets are not an option for me.
    Thanks for the feedback. I have spme Amax 140 I will try out.
     
  8. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    I have developed a shopping list of the bullets that I use most commonly. I keep an eye on what is available. Any time a bullet type that is on my list is in stock, I buy some. I picked up a box of 500 of the 140g Hunting VLD's a few months ago, for example. I share your frustration in finding components like these. My best countermeasure is to buy them when I find them, whether I am low on them at the moment or not.
     
  9. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    I hear that. I thought I was set and helped a buddy out. Screwed myself in the process. Ha ha