On second thought, selling 6.5 CM rifle, buying 6.5 PRC

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  1. jreagle

    jreagle Well-Known Member

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    My experience with the 6.5 PRC in a 24" bbl reflects your findings as well and the 147 factory shoots below velocity listed on the box.
    So far, for me, the 3k range would require a lighter bullet than 140 class.
     
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    jreagle Well-Known Member

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    one more thought to consider. a 6.5 PRC with a 24" bbl is a nice field gun IMO. for max velocity a 26" or 28" bbl is needed to take advantage of the slow burning powders and heavier bullets.....
     
  3. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    So... maybe instead of ordering the Browning X-Bolt Pro (24" barrel) I should order the X-Bolt Pro Long Range (26" barrel).
    Hmmmm...

    Eric B.
    P.S. jr, thanks for that Hornady 6.5 PRC link. I printed it.
     
  4. CUTTER1

    CUTTER1 Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5 PRC is what the Creedmoor should have been from the start!
    For those who reload it is absolutely amazing! Like the 6.5X284 it is a very versatile and easier to load for. Not over ore like the 26 Nosler!
     
  5. yorke-1

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    So your PRC beats your Creedmoor load by roughly 100 fps in a 2" shorter barrel, and you're still not happy with the PRC? More performance in a more compact package seems like a win to me.

    Reloader 26 today is what Reloader 17 was for a couple years. When it works it works really well, but it's pretty hard on barrels. I don't think Reloader 26 is a good fit for the PRC though; I'd look at something a little slower and you'll likely see better performance in the PRC.
     
  6. Hiwayman92

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    It beats my Creedmoor by about 60-80 fps accurately. I’m not saying I don’t like it, I’m saying that a 26” barrel really makes slower burning powders shine. I’m going to try H1000 more, and 8133 as well. I envisioned a 147 at 3k out of this rifle. That’s where I’d like to wind up.
     
  7. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Hiwayman,
    Yep, but 143 gr. ELD-X bullet at 3K muzzle velocity is exactly where I would like to end up as well. I hope it is achievable with no pressure problems and a nice 1/2" to 5/8" group at 100 yards. A boy can dream...

    Eric B.
     
  8. yorke-1

    yorke-1 Well-Known Member

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    Your results have less to do with a slow powder in a longer barrel and more to do with using a powder that's faster than ideal in the PRC. The longer barrel/slower powder myth has been debunked many times.
     
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  9. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    What are the powders used by Hornady, Federal and others to create "Superformance" cartridges that give faster speeds W/O higher pressures?
    Are they available for handloaders?

    Eric B.
     
  10. jd5521

    jd5521 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Hornady’s website will give their load data for the 6.5prc with several powders and charged used to get you going.