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Finally got “Thunder” (6.5-06 Specialty Handgun) out to the range today for load development.  This chamber has a tight neck (.290 neck), so neck turning was part of the case work up.
Using Remington 25-06 brass.  The flash holes and burrs were terrible on some of the cases.
I switched out the Timney for a Jewel, and replaced the Leupold VX-3 6.5-20 with ART for a FFP Leupold Mark 4 with ART, and added a sunshade.
Modified the grip via Dremel Tool to take off some sharp edges at the top since it is a AR grip.
I used H-4350 since I use it for all of my 6.5-284’s.  Federal 210M primers.  
Tried 142 SMK’s first, got around ½ group(4-shot groups) to a tad under, but still wasn’t happy.  Then I tried 130 grain Berger’s.  Again no satisfaction.
Next went to 140 A-Max’s.  
That Krieger likes 140 A-Max’s with 50.0 grains of H-4350 engaging the lands.  
I did all load development off of a bi-pod and my little rear field bag.
Haven’t had time to chrono yet.  Guessing from 2675-2750 fps.
I'm a happy camper.


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Wow... nice setup , and excellent results Thunbs Up.
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Golly!! Nice shooting, Big E! 
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Holland's built a really accurate rig!
Makes it kind of easy with quality components and quality workmanship.
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Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Holland's built a really accurate rig!
Makes it kind of easy with quality components and quality workmanship.

At any rate, that's some fine shootin! Takes the singer and the song! Wink
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Agreed.
Thank You!
If I could shoot at that level, all the time, every day from a bi-pod I would feel pretty specialCool
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Ernie, you really have some unique and awesome toys.
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Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Agreed.
Thank You!
If I could shoot at that level, all the time, every day from a bi-pod I would feel pretty specialCool




The hard part is doing it all the time that way.

It will be interesting to see the results from long distance with that load.

Good shooting,
dsr
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Again, nice shootin' Ernie and nice setup. You sure have some fun stuff.
6.5- '06 is a great flavor, too.

When I was a kid, an old timer gunsmith let me watch him reforge/bend my Mauser bolt handle and he praised the 6.5-'06 the whole time. He had his two personal rifles in that flavor racked in the shop and they were beauts! Been a fan ever since.
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I shot the 6.5-06 in a short field match a couple of weeks ago, and I had to be at the upper end of pressure in my load development-bolt got sticky.
Chucking the Rem brass, and have Winchester on the way, and I will try H-4831sc.  Still will do a work up with H-4350 with the new brass as well.
So back to the drawing board with "Thunder."
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In cool temps I confirmed drops out to 1K with it prone (3-days before the field match), and I was smacking steel consistently out to 900, then I missed some at 1000.
I think I missed one at 700 yards as well.

Originally posted by dsr dsr wrote:

Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Agreed.
Thank You!
If I could shoot at that level, all the time, every day from a bi-pod I would feel pretty specialCool




The hard part is doing it all the time that way.

It will be interesting to see the results from long distance with that load.

Good shooting,
dsr
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