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Thread: First 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision load

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    First 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision load

    I shot my Precision for the first time today. It's one hell of a rifle. Thought I'd share my load data. I only made these up as plinking rounds for a day out with mates today, so they all contained the same load which I figured would probably be "ok". I fired the first one into putty to check for pressure signs before I made another 99, and it turned out to be a pretty ok round.

    So...

    I do my powder & COAL measurements in metric but I've converted them for your convenience

    • 123 grain A-Max
    • Hornady brass
    • Federal standard primer
    • 40.43 grains Varget (2.620 grams, to 0.001)
    • 2.80" COAL (71.1mm)
    • 24 inch barrel (standard)
    • DPT moderator


    I fired some groups which were quite good, for me, with a new gun, and then ran 6 shots over the chrony.

    • Quickload predicted MV 2872 fps (875.4 m/s)
    • Actual mean MV (6 shots) 2880 fps (877.8 m/s)
    • Extreme spread 7 fps. (2.13 m/s)


    3 of the 6 shots were 2880, 2880, 2881.

    Not too shabby... definitely potential here.
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    Good job. Are you going to shoot 140/142 at some point?? If so, think H-4350. Hornady recommends it and shooters in the US love it.

    Glad you like the RPR. I love my 308. It is certainly one of the most accurate 308's I've owned.~Muir

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    Hi Muir, I used Varget because it was the most suitable I had in the cupboard... I have since laid my hands on 5lb of 4350 so that will be next up. I'm looking for some of the VLD 140 grain Bergers but they are like hens' teeth over here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packrat View Post
    Hi Muir, I used Varget because it was the most suitable I had in the cupboard... I have since laid my hands on 5lb of 4350 so that will be next up. I'm looking for some of the VLD 140 grain Bergers but they are like hens' teeth over here.
    Can you get the Sierra Match Kings? (140, or is it 142??) My buddy has been shooting them out to 1100 yards and says they shoot better than A-Max. Sub quarter-inch CTC at 200yds, prone off of a bipod. I've seen it more than once. ~Muir

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    The 142gn SMK is the long-range high-BC model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    The 142gn SMK is the long-range high-BC model.
    Thanks. Darned if I could remember.~Muir

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    Interesting load work up procedure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauer90 View Post
    Interesting load work up procedure.

    The factory 120gn AMAX load is 40.3gn H. VarGet using the rather 'hot' Federal 210M primer, so 40.4gn with the more recent 123gn version is virtually a factory copy.

    Packrat - consider the 139gn Lapua Scenar too which is still an outstanding long-range performer despite its age, costs considerably less than the 140gn Berger VLD and is usually a lot easier to 'tune'. I spoke to Hannams (UK importer but also a retailer) just before its Christmas shutdown and they're in stock despite having mysteriously disappeared from the company's online price list. (Lapua also has a new-series 136gn Scenar-L, but it's nothing special BC-wise and is more expensive. The Scenar Ls are very high grade consistent bullets though.)

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    Like I said, interesting load work up, novices are going to love that regime...
    A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
    I have summat for sale; here's the M̶i̶d̶w̶a̶y̶ Brownells UK price... effin jokers.
    "The .30-'06 is unstable at close range" - Ahahahahhahh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauer90 View Post
    Like I said, interesting load work up, novices are going to love that regime...
    I'm not sure if you're taking the p***. I am a novice. Or is that what's funny?
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