Well, I haven't completed my test loads yet. Still have a few powders to consider but the reason I built this 6.5-284 was to use the 140 VLD bullet class and so far, using the go-to powders among those more experienced than me, my 24" bbl isn't cutting it. Again, I still have a few powders to try. The following powders just didn't cut it: H1000, Retumbo, H4831SC. In fact, the slower the powder, the lower the velocity. Next up is H4350 and N165 for the 140 VLD. I was told that sometimes the new barrels may need quite a few rounds before velocities settle and I could see higher speeds with past test loads in another 50-100 rounds. As an alternative, I loaded up some 130 NABs over Re19 to check those and if they work I may just keep it as is and just not use this rifle for longer range stuff. Another thought is I could send the barreled action to Barlein, and let them put a longer slightly heavier barrel on there and I'll use the 24" barrel to put on a different rifle in the future for a friend of mine or even one of my own kids if they decide to start hunting. Just disappointed with what has happened so far with the 140 VLDs. Thoughts?