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#13996778 - 07/23/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: viking]  
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Originally Posted by viking
It doesn’t sound like there’s a bad one ( right twist anyway).

Yeah, It's amazing how much better bullets are today than when I started reloading in the '60's.

Even the worst ones are pretty good.

DF

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#13996934 - 07/23/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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Had real good results .7" or better from my 6.5x55 Tikka with the 140 Amax and the 140ELDs with the the first loads with 4831 and H100 and right an inch with 140NPTs!

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#13997637 - 07/23/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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I had zero effort to get the 130 NAB to shoot in my 6.5x47 Lapua.

#13998001 - 07/24/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: Remington280]  
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Originally Posted by Remington280
120 BT, and 140 AB both are great shooters.


+1 the 123 and 139 Scenars are quite special as well.

Good luck and shoot straight y'all

#13998547 - 07/24/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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The 147 ELD has impressed me in several 6.5's.

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#14001145 - 07/25/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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I use the 143 ELDx in three different 6.5`s.It shot so well I did not try anything else.



#14001173 - 07/25/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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Have we now listed every single 6.5 bullet made ?


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#14001290 - 07/25/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: Timbermaster]  
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Originally Posted by Timbermaster
Have we now listed every single 6.5 bullet made ?

Close.

But, that makes yet another statement, that we have a great group of bullets now available to reloaders.

Even the least of them is good.

DF

#14047330 - 08/13/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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129 grain hornadys for me too. I load and shoot them from two Tikka T3s. One in 6.5x55 SL and the other in a .260. I see no need to experiment with anything else.

#14047355 - 08/13/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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130 NAB


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#14049244 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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I had a little difficulty finding 130 gr. Accubonds, so I am trying Sierra 130 gr. Gamechangers. They are flying just like the Accubonds did out of my .260 using H4350-damn well. CP.

#14049268 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: CP]  
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I’ve been trying them in my PRC with inconsistent results so far. I’ve got them hanging out as far as I can @ 2.95.

After reading MD’s thread on seating depth. I going to stuff them a smidge deeper and crack some kernels...😎


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#14049282 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: keith]  
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Originally Posted by keith
I have had good luck with all of them that I have shot. Toughest to tune was probably the 125g Partiton.

My hunting is 400 and under, shooting lanes cut through a jungle.

100g nosler ballistic tip
100g Partition- does not stop in deer
120-all of them
123's-all of them
129g sst is a great explosive coyote bullet, 129 hornady sp is great short range and poor mans partition, 129g Nosler long range accubond is easy to tune, seat close to lands
130g accubond is a one hole bullet if you know how to tune a rifle, and the 130g berger vld hunting is pure magic, but does not always penetrate deer 100 yds and closer.
140g Sierra btsp is easy to tune in any rifle, great short range killing bullet, 140g Long range accubond...wicked ugly on deer, massive damage, 140g Berger vld hunting is like shooting a laser
Ballistic tips are ungodly accurate and brother they kill deer and hogs. 140g Hornady btsp is a tough bullet, too tough for smallish white tails.

Worth a note that the 127g Barnes long range was real easy to tune in any case we wanted to shoot it in.....050 jump and never played with any other seating depth.

6.5x47 Lapua-129g Nosler long range accubond my favorite- deer drop-shoot them on the shoulder and you throw away the front half-
6.5 creed- "
260-130g accubond
264 WM -127g Barnes long range & 140g Berger vld hunting
6.5/06- 127g Barnes long range & 129g Nosler long range accubond

Seems like there was some guy on this site that had a quirky saying that has proved to be dead nuts on working up a load, cant remember who, but it stuck in my mind

Kiss

Find Pressure

Rock on

[bleep] ain't hard to kill

Why would you want to imitate others language to start with.. LOL and why would anyone want a bullet that ruins the front half of a deer so you waste that meat?


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#14049305 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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139's have always worked well for us, from 2850-3150fps.

6.5 PRC bull, my wife killed last fall with one shot at 420 meters(139 scenar).


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#14049334 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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Nice!


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#14049631 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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140 accubonds in both my creeds, Swede and 6.5x284.


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#14049973 - 08/14/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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Originally Posted by ShortMagFan
For those that test tons of bullets - what’s the easiest 6.5 bullet to develop a load for?


I have to go with the 129 Interlock, also. My Criterion barrels shoot these well with any load, but I have yet to find a rifle in ANY caliber that does not like Interlocks. I have shot around 200 deer with Interlocks in 6mm and 6.5mm, and a few with .308 and 30-06 and they are super accurate and kill deer just fine.

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#14053681 - 08/15/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: verhoositz]  
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Originally Posted by verhoositz
About 10 years ago I bought a T3 Swede and not ever having shot or loaded for one I picked up one of the One Caliber spiral bound loading guides...and using the Sierra guide page in 120gr ProHunters with the "accuracy load", got the fastest teeny tiny groups I ever shot with anything during the abbreviated scope sight in, and it was bang/flop on the Texas sized does & spikes I was allowed to take where I was hunting.. 1st one dropped with her head folded over backwards in mid stride like lightning had hit her, and bounced when she hit the ground. Still got the booklet and just bought another T3 Swede smile ...might gonna have to try some other bullets & powder loads this time just for funsies.
Ron


Yep, 120 grain ProHunters.

#14053801 - 08/16/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: sbhooper]  
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Originally Posted by sbhooper
Originally Posted by ShortMagFan
For those that test tons of bullets - what’s the easiest 6.5 bullet to develop a load for?


I have to go with the 129 Interlock, also. My Criterion barrels shoot these well with any load, but I have yet to find a rifle in ANY caliber that does not like Interlocks. I have shot around 200 deer with Interlocks in 6mm and 6.5mm, and a few with .308 and 30-06 and they are super accurate and kill deer just fine.


I'd have to agree with that statement. I know Sierra have the reputation of accurate bullets but the flat base Hornady Interlocks have shot well in a wider range of different calibres and cartridges for me.

#14054010 - 08/16/19 Re: Mule Deer - easiest 6.5 bullet to get to shoot? [Re: ShortMagFan]  
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years of shooting and who knows how many rounds of competition downrange, H simply is not at the top of the pile typically for us. Sierra usually shoots well but I don't trust their hunting bullets, actually have better luck with target for consistency on game. OTOH have been having good luck with H in the pistol calibers XTP.

Nosler shoots really well but early on stuff with ballistic tips and I've never used them on game again. The match versions never kept up with Sierra.

Bergers are some of the most reliable and easiest to shoot for us. Barnes is right there since they went to tsx etc.

Lapua have been good but have not shot enough to confirm, IE like probably not over 1000 total.

At least thats what we've seen over the years.


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