6.5. With a 156 grain Berger

WesternHntr

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What barrel twist will best launch the 156 gr 6.5?
I talked with the Berger techs about that the other day.
At saum or PRC velocities above 2000' they told me an 8 twist is plenty but a 7.75 would be ideal.
However there are a lot of variables, I'd give them a call they can run the calculations for you
 

WesternHntr

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What barrel twist will best launch the 156 gr 6.5?
I talked with the Berger techs about that the other day.
At saum or PRC velocities above 2000' they told me an 8 twist is plenty but a 7.75 would be ideal.
However there are a lot of variables, I'd give them a call they can run the calculations for you
 

Sportsman

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The main issue you have is that most companies 6.5 cal bullets in the 120 to 130 weight class. Other than Matrix I don't know of any other company producing bullets in that weight class. Sierra has a 150 grain but that's about it. Let me correct myself, Hornady makes the 160 Interlock but I personally won't use their products I just don't think the quality is there, especially their brass.
You can get Nosler Accubond or Partition in 140. With the 6.5 PRC gaining in popularity, I bet you'll find heavier options soon. You have rifles starting to make 6.5 CM in faster twist for heavier bullets as well.
 

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The main issue you have is that most companies 6.5 cal bullets in the 120 to 130 weight class. Other than Matrix I don't know of any other company producing bullets in that weight class. Sierra has a 150 grain but that's about it. Let me correct myself, Hornady makes the 160 Interlock but I personally won't use their products I just don't think the quality is there, especially their brass.
You're right about their poor brass quality. Totally wrong about bullet availability. 147 ELD M, 153 A Tip, now the 156 Berger. Hornady's ELD line is a top notch bullet, both in terms of accuracy and terminal performance.

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Great info here on the heavier 6.5 bullets - thank you! Does anyone here have results to share with Nosler’s ABLR 142gr? Curious about its comparison with the ELD-X.


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Eastern Montana has one little district that you can use your general elk tag in because there isn’t enough public land to actually do a draw for. Today while deer hunting some state land I got lucky and stumbled on to a bull at 52 yards. First shot with the 156 grain berger out of 6.5-06 hit him behind the shoulder. He turned quartering away and I hit him again and he flipped over backwards dead. Made it about 10 yards total from first shot. Berger made soup out of the lungs and peppered the offside rib cage. When I was removing rib meat the lungs were pouring through the rib holes. If he had slid 10 yards the other direction he would have ended up in a sink hole I couldn’t see the bottom in.
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BrushyHillGuide

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Plate was at 100 yards, same as the paper target.

Not sure on the steel hardness as I get these at not cost from my dozer operator and they come from various places.
Bring them to the house and shoot them,

This load averaged 2990 fps. N565. I have room to go faster but calling the game right here.
I don't have enough RL 26 on hand to work up something with it.

I had good luck with 150 SMK's last year so these should work well. I will be finding out.

Ein, good to hear a success story on these.
What's your barrel length and your COAL, if you don't mind me asking? I'm planning a new rifle build and I'm considering the 6.5PRC. I'm a 6.5 fanboy and I'd really like to shoot those Berger 156gr but I've been concerned that they'll end up producing a COAL that won't fit in an Accurate Mag magazine. Kinda thought they'd be better suited to a long action 6.5 variant like a 6.5x284 or a 26 Nosler. I'd be pretty stoked to get them to work in a SA!
 
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