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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15858262 03/03/21
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Thanks a million!
I have 3 full boxes of 127 LRX, another half box LRX, half a box of Scirocco loads, 50 new unprimed Wby cases, 2 lbs of US869, and a box of Barnes 127 LRX. I also have a set of dies so I should be good to go for a while since it’s already sighted in! Happy Trails


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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15858363 03/03/21
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I'm going to dust off my 6.5-300 Accuguard again soon and see how it shoots the 140s. If it likes them, and I confirm that again with the Accumark, I may be persuaded to part with the extra loaded 127s and 130s I have, WAM. I wish mine liked the 130gr SSs, but so far, they don't. I will give them another try before giving up. I wish someone factory loaded the 142gr ABLRs.

WAM, did your rifle like the factory-loaded 127s and 130s, or was that just the way you reloaded them?

The last two range sessions at the indoor range, after I squeezed off the first round, someone came over and said: "What is that"!?--noting how loud it is, though I don't think it's quite as loud as the .340 CorBon loads I shoot. The 6.5-300 recoil is quite pleasant, though my rifles aren't lightweights. I'm glad I didn't mess around with the Accubrake that came with the MkV.

Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15865967 03/05/21
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MarineHawk,
My rifle shot the Weatherby factory 127 LRX and 130 SS to about the same point with similar groups, the LRX a wee bit tighter but not much. Those two factory loads are all I’ve fired so far. I’ve been waiting for a range day with no wind to fine tune. I don’t live near an indoor rifle range. I’m thinking of sticking with the LRX for handloads when I get low on factory loads. Until the supply chain improves, I’m going to shoot a few LRX to tune and hold pat.


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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15866139 03/05/21
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Thanks for the info and good luck, WAM.

I looked it up, and the forecast predicts that the winds there will die down to almost zero on Tuesday morning.

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Looks like winds light ENE Monday also. Range is pretty sheltered from north to ESE wind. Temps should be 45-50. Good shooting weather! Gale watch Sat-Sun! LOL!


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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: beretzs] #15870683 03/06/21
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Originally Posted by beretzs
In a heartbeat... not even a debate to be honest. Either of those two bullets you listed will work excellent.



^^^^ heartbeat is usually a tough term to stand behind but I’ve got to agree.

They are pretty big but go down hard when the oil lights come on.

Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15901861 03/15/21
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Marine hawk, did you try the factory 140 AB?


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Originally Posted by Judman
Marine hawk, did you try the factory 140 AB?


Yes sir. I mentioned it above with a pic or two on Mar. 1. I haven't been back since due to work. But it chronoed 3,308 fps and I was getting half-inch groups reliably except when someone was shooting a howitzer with a muzzle brake a couple times, right as I was squeezing the trigger. I sighted in for that load, which will be my default until and unless something else works as good.

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Copy that, thanks, I’ll pic a box up and give em a whirl. 👍


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Originally Posted by Judman
Copy that, thanks, I’ll pic a box up and give em a whirl. 👍

You tried the factory Weatherby/ Barnes stuff yet?

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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: Judman] #15902303 03/15/21
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Originally Posted by Judman
Copy that, thanks, I’ll pic a box up and give em a whirl. 👍


Sure. The only place I know to get them right now is here: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/893987655

But they only sell them by the 5-box bundle. I bought one of those, and it shipped fairly-quickly.

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Copy that, thanks, I’ll pic a box up and give em a whirl. 👍

You tried the factory Weatherby/ Barnes stuff yet?


Ya, it was a sprayer with the 127 ttsx, 140 interloks were 3/4”. Got a box of the 130’s swift scirocco, need to run em


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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #15903921 03/16/21
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The Weatherby factory 127 LRX and 130 Scirocco both printed under an inch in my first session with a new rifle. Hopefully the LRX accuracy holds going forward as I have more of them than others.


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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #16087142 05/15/21
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So, I landed some Weatherby-loaded 156gr Berger Elite Hunters. They have a ridiculous B.C. of 0.68, which checks out with my Labradar out to 75 yds, which is where it loses them.

Both the 140gr Accubonds and the 156gr Bergers shoot really accurately out of my rifle. My 1-8" twist rifle seems to like the heavier bullets, though some others apparently don't. It seems like they are six of one and half a dozen of the other. I can’t really think of much of a compelling reason to pick one over the other. The only things I can think of are that longer-term the Bergers may be gentler on the barrel with their lower velocity, and at 10,000 ft, which is about how high I will hunt, the Bergers match the velocity of the ABs at 700 yds (my self-limited max-max range and only if the winds are calm) and start to exceed the energy of the ABs by 250 yds. I also suspect that the Bergers may have a slightly reduced powder charge, but that’s a guess.

Is there any material reason to pick one over the other?

Based on my chrono results:

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Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby – for Elk? [Re: MarineHawk] #16087258 05/15/21
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and I am still waiting for my die set from Lee after Graf's sent me the wrong die set.... couple of months going on toward 3 now...


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