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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: slip_sinker] #15011306 06/30/20
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Count me as a 139 scenar believer.

The 136 also worked great on the one antelope i shot with it.


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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: Kimber7man] #15011313 06/30/20
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Originally Posted by Kimber7man
Count me as a 139 scenar believer.

The 136 also worked great on the one antelope i shot with it.

I have some 136L's loaded for my Creed. I've not killed anything yet with that bullet.

What's the terminal performance like? As a LR bullet, I was thinking it may be a tad softer than the 139, but have not seen any reports.

DF

Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: slip_sinker] #15020618 07/04/20
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I don't worry about the two that the op mentioned. I have used several different bullets and now shoot the 129 Interlock entirely in my .260s. They are very accurate, inexpensive and perform well. No need for anything else for what I do. I have read that the SST is a better bullet now, as well as the BT, but I will never load another SST in anything. There are too many other choices.

I shoot 147 ELDMs in one Creed, and Speer Gold Dot 140s in the other. The 129 does extremely well in the Creed, too, and I will probably go back to it, when these bullets are burned up.


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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: Dirtfarmer] #15023281 07/05/20
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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted by Kimber7man
Count me as a 139 scenar believer.

The 136 also worked great on the one antelope i shot with it.

I have some 136L's loaded for my Creed. I've not killed anything yet with that bullet.

What's the terminal performance like? As a LR bullet, I was thinking it may be a tad softer than the 139, but have not seen any reports.

DF




They might be, IIRC they have a little less lead in them (hello Captain Obvious) in the nose, but I don’t recall if they have a thinner or thicker jacket than the 139. I have no complaints with the way it put this antelope down. However I personally decided to stick with the 139.

Hit this guy at 235 yards with the 136L, impact velocity was right around 2,600.

Entrance was on right shoulder:

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Exit:

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Internals:

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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: slip_sinker] #15023507 07/05/20
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The last time I recovered a 120-grain 6.5mm Ballistic Tip was a decade ago, when I shot one started at 3100 fps just inside the right shoulder of a doe pronghorn almost facing me at about 250 yards. The bullet was recovered under the hide of the left ham, retaining 59.4% of its weight.

Haven't tried the 6.5mm SST on anything, but two years ago went on a whitetail and pig cull/trophy hunt in South Texas with some other folks. We were all using .308 Winchesters, with Fiocchi factory ammo loaded with 150-grain SSTs. The ranges were all inside 150 yards, if I recall correctly, and we didn't recover a single bullet, even on a 200-pound buck shot frontally at an angle, and a 200-pound boar shot through both shoulders and the spine.

In general, I have found Ballistic Tips and SSTs act much like Interlocks of the same approximate weight and diameter these days. When recovered (not many are) they all retain about 50% of their weight, give or take 10%. This is true even when Ballistic Tips lose their cores, because the jacket weighs more than in conventional cup-and-cores.


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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: Kimber7man] #15026063 07/06/20
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Originally Posted by Kimber7man
Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted by Kimber7man
Count me as a 139 scenar believer.

The 136 also worked great on the one antelope i shot with it.

I have some 136L's loaded for my Creed. I've not killed anything yet with that bullet.

What's the terminal performance like? As a LR bullet, I was thinking it may be a tad softer than the 139, but have not seen any reports.

DF




They might be, IIRC they have a little less lead in them (hello Captain Obvious) in the nose, but I don’t recall if they have a thinner or thicker jacket than the 139. I have no complaints with the way it put this antelope down. However I personally decided to stick with the 139.

Hit this guy at 235 yards with the 136L, impact velocity was right around 2,600.

Entrance was on right shoulder:

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]


Exit:

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

Internals:

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]










Hey Marty,
Who is the guy in the picture with you?


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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: lastround] #15030468 07/07/20
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Doug,
His nickname is Scrawny.


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Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: Kimber7man] #15031334 07/08/20
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Originally Posted by Kimber7man
Doug,
His nickname is Scrawny.



My, my! They grow up fast, don’t they.


If we live long enough, we all have regrets...and the regrets that nag at us the most are the ones in which we know we had a choice.

Doug
Re: Specific 6.5 bullet toughness questions [Re: slip_sinker] #15103227 08/02/20
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I tested them both in wet phone books. Performance was similar with the BT penetrating a little better and the SST expanding a little wider. I’d not hesitate to use either where appropriate.

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