Curious on speeds 6.5-284

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  1. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    Have my rifle that was just built. Running a 26inch 1:7 6groove. Have 143eldx, 210 federal, rl 19, and Lapua brass.

    I'm curious as to what everoeve is getting for speeds with the 143. I'm trying to stay above 2900fps
     
  2. Sykes

    Sykes Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I have a Cooper Jackson long range in 6.5-284 and with 56.8 grs of retumbo and a 140 vld I'm at 2995 fps
     
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  3. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    How are you liking the 140vlds on game?
     
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    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Should get speeds comparable to those using 140 Bergers.
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  5. 257Tony

    257Tony Well-Known Member

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    The 140 Berger is a proven killer, they work awesome in my 264 WM at 3100, never had to fire more than once at any game animal with that combo.
     
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  6. Sykes

    Sykes Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Had nothing but good results with Berger's vlds. 2 elk with a 140 vld in my Creedmoor and a bear and a whitetail with my 308 and 168 vlds and a few elk with the 300 wsm and 180s. Hope to get to try the 6.5-284 on a cow elk this fall
     
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  7. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    I've got bull elk here in October and deer I'll probably try it with. Need to hopefully get a load started this week. I might stick with my .300wm for elk in October. But definitely deer with my 6.5-284.

    Going to do a break in this weekend with just off the shelf nosler ammo
     
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  8. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    How's the expansion?
     
  9. dougduey

    dougduey Well-Known Member

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    2950 fps tends to be the sweet spot for 140 gr bullets, but anywhere from 2950 to 3000 fps is where most of us fall.
    Retumbo works great with the 143 gr ELDX, and I'm getting 2976 fps with 57.6 gr. You will find your gun will like it somwhere from 56-58 gr with Retumbo.
    I use H4831 with the VLD's, but it's a very accurate but slow load at 2899 fps with 51.7 gr.
     
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  10. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    Definitely appreciate the info! I'll grab some retumbo and work a few loads with each to see.
     
  11. dougduey

    dougduey Well-Known Member

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    RL 26 works well too. Some get over 3000 fps, but I haven't. Typically ends up in the range of 54-55.5 gr, work up from 50 gr to be safe
     
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    dougduey Well-Known Member

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    One correction, my VLD load at 51.7 gr of H4831 is only 2808 fps, I have another load at 53.1 gr that's at 2899 fps
     
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  13. 257Tony

    257Tony Well-Known Member

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    Honestly I have no idea, we always kill in the back country and use the gutless method. I've never recovered one. But dead animals tell me whatever it's doing, it's working.
     
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  14. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    I averaged 2936 FPS with 52grs of R22 (143gr ELD-X bullets) out of my Husqvarna custom with a 24” SS Benchmark 1-8 twist barrel