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    6.5x55 VS 6.5 Hornady Creedmore @ 695 yards

    Marine PMI and I found ourselves in an interesting situation today. We had no prairiedogs left to shoot and an 18" diameter white rock on a perfect back stop at 695 yards. What made it really interesting was that we both had 6.5's with us: His a Hornady Creedmore and mine the venerable X55 version. Making it even more interesting was that we were both shooting the same bullet: A PPU 120 grain boat tail HP. We'd independently loaded these rounds many months ago with no idea that we'd eventually end up in a shooting match. Both of our loads were doing about 2800 fps with his using H4350 for fuel and mine using IMR 7828SSC. The Marine's rifle is a full blown custom target gun of his build based on a Savage action topped with some decent glass. Mine is the FN Commercial I often speak of topped with a Leupold 3-9X which, for some reason, I never thought to move off of 3X. We each had no zero and only ten rounds. We were both sitting with out guns resting on camera tripods mounted with a small bag; our typical prairiedog set up.

    Amazingly, I think we both hit it 4 times, but the interesting thing was that the bullet seemed to require almost no wind correction! We kept on hitting up-wind of the rock due to initial compensation for for the wind. When we held dead on for windage we started getting hits. It may have been that winds of two different directions cancelled each other out but I am doubting it. We were both pleased with our rifles, loads, and especially the bullet. It is very accurate from both of our guns.

    So on this occasion there was no difference in performance of these two cartridges. They are pretty much ballistic twins and acted as such today. FWIW...~Muir

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    Very interesting - thanks for that account.

    I'm shooting 140-grain A-Max from my 6.5 CM with 42.5 grains of RL17 giving me 2770 FPS from the 22" barrel of an HS Precision Pro Series 2000.

    I don't have much DOPE yet, but one record I have to hand shooting at 997 yards in a 7 mph wind from 10 o'clock required 1.5 mils of left windage and 8.5 mils of elevation to hit a 5" target. It took 3 shots, by the way. And yes, I was smiling afterwards!
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    Oh I bet you did a little gloating , what you done with the dogs?

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    Oh I bet you did a little gloating , what you done with the dogs?

    John
    We killed them all (not too many left at that town now). At least, not many smart ones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Gain View Post
    Very interesting - thanks for that account.

    I'm shooting 140-grain A-Max from my 6.5 CM with 2.5 grains of RL17 giving me 2770 FPS from the 22" barrel of an HS Precision Pro Series 2000.

    I don't have much DOPE yet, but one record I have to hand shooting at 997 yards in a 7 mph wind from 10 o'clock required 1.5 mils of left windage and 8.5 mils of elevation to hit a 5" target. It took 3 shots, by the way. And yes, I was smiling afterwards!
    I ended up 15 moa up. 22"bbl with 43.5grs of 4350. A nice load with the 120's imho....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarinePMI View Post
    I ended up 15 moa up. 22"bbl with 43.5grs of 4350. A nice load with the 120's imho....
    Again interesting, my Ballistic Calculator gives me 14.9 MoA (4.4 mils) for my 140-grain load too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I just held over a bunch...~Muir
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