- Mar 18, 2008
- Frisco, Texas
Yes Sir, Tikkas are Great BTW but you already knew this.
Norma and Nosler 6.5 cm brass both have more capacity than lapua/prime/peterson. If you're getting that good of results with RL16, I'd stick with it. Rl26 would likely bump you up another 50-75fps max. It's also a little harder on throats. Drop tubes are your friend here. Guys will also use and electric toothbrush to vibrate the case and get the powder to settle, but that takes a while.Really wanted to try RL26 in my 6,5 CM, but the usable case capacity of my Norma brass is only 48.9 grains with a 130 Berger AR hybrid seated to OAL of 2.946”. QL estimates speed at 2,922 (26”), but I‘m already shooting .6 MOA with 43.5 grains of RL16 at 2,977.
I agree with the swirl technique. Drop the powder in slowly towards the top of the funnel and you’ll see it “swirl” around the funnel before it drops in. I find this very effective. If you drop all the powder too fast you run into issues.Try the swirl technique for charging. I find I'm able to get more in that way. Swirling it in then using an electric toothbrush to vibrate the case I can get 50gr and change with a little crunching. Shoots great and awesome speeds. That is with Hornady brass. I am going to try some Lapua when it gets here.
my hunting load!!!!!very nice. I use 42.4 gr of H4350 WITH A 143 GR Hornady ELD-X in my 6.5CM. My last outing I was shooting 200 yards and put 4 into a .392" group then not sure if a gremlin came in or I pulled it but #5 strayed a bit and opened the group up to .646". Still in all I'm more than happy with the rifle shooting about 1/3 MOA even with the "flyer". Mine is a Bergara HMR.