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Posted: February 14 2018 at 2:28pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Tried some 100 grain 6.5 Hornady bullets today with various powder charges of IMR 4350 and Varget. At 100 yards off of a bench I got about the same pattern as Wade's shotgun! Wish I had tried these 100 grainers before I ordered the Nosler BT, but hey, I always do things backwards. I may be able to do something with Hornady's 129 grain but it will take time to tell. At any rate the temperature got up near 60 and the whole world feels right when it's warm.
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Posted: February 14 2018 at 3:56pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Hmm. A buddy used the 100 gr Noslers to get excellent velocity and accuracy from his 6.5 Sweede. He was showing off, plinking rocks at 700 yards with it!

Not joshing on the range. We were prone on the 600 yard firing line at the club, and he started plinking at rocks on the hillside above the 600 yard targets... Hit real well too. I don't know his load. If I remember, I'll ask him.

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Posted: February 14 2018 at 4:44pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Guy, was his a military rifle or modern rifle? The modern rifles often have a bit slower twist. Not by much but some and throats usually a bit shorter.
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Old military rifle on which he'd managed to mount a scope.

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Posted: February 19 2018 at 8:02am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've had some time to ponder but not much time to shoot.
The more I think about I believe a big part of my wild groups was me and not the load. The old dump I shot at is closed up now and I have to go over the hill where the ground slopes down from me to the target, have to use a taller front rest for the rifle and my bench set up isn't real good. Had to use a pretty hard bag up front and a small bag at the rear end and pinch it with my left hand to get everything lined up while I shoot.
Tried some known loads and they strung straight up and down though not as bad but they have never shot like that before. Made some new loads with the 100 grain Noslers and a good charge of 4350 to try again.
Now if the damn wind will quit and it gets above freezing again.....
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Posted: February 21 2018 at 12:17pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

SUCCESS!!!!

I was frustrated as hell after last weeks try with a 100 grain bullet so today I did it a little different.
I use a poor portable bench and a 5 gallon bucket for a stool, set off to the side of the bench and kinda curl around the rifle. Today I modified the front block a bit, got square behind the rifle.

The load, of yea. Loaded 100 grain Nosler BT bullets over 48 grains 4350. I never changed the scope from my 140 grain setting, just wanted to see a group didn't care where it was. Put 4 rounds down range and walked to the target. It printed maybe 1/2" above my setting for the 140 grainers! Three in a great group and I pulled the 4th a couple inches to the right but it was still close enough for deer. I didn't spend much time there as it is 25 degrees and I was shoot into a 20 mph wind. I can't believe that I can use the same scope setting for my 140 grain bullet over 43 grains 4350 and the 100 grain BT over 48 grains of the same powder.
If it ever warms up and the wind goes down I will try again just to be sure.
Maybe the wind and cold is the only reason I hit the target, who knows.
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Posted: February 21 2018 at 12:45pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Rex, well done!
Know about the old bench thing. Glad ya got the issue
pegged though and ya got on target close to your other
load. Tells me that rifle and load are communicating.


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Sounds like a plan coming together.

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