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#6234258 - 03/23/16 04:26 PM 6.5 mm bullet
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Bird Dog

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 314
Loc: Wichita Co.
I am trying to get started reloading and I just ordered the "RCBS Reloader Special-5 Explorer Plus Single Stage Press Kit" from Midway. What else do I need to get to be able to load my first 50 bullets?

I have ordered .260 brass, redding premium series 3 die set and 8lbs of h4350. I am still trying to pick my bullets and primers.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/828368/rcbs-reloader-special-5-explorer-plus-single-stage-press-kit

I have read for hours about bullets and trying to pick one to start with is difficult. Can you guys recommend me a bullet to start out reloading with that would be good for hunting pigs, deer, coyote and also be ok for me target shoot out to 800m. I am shooting a tikka CTR 260.


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#6234271 - 03/23/16 04:33 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
140 A-max is hard to beat!! 140 Berger VLD or Hybrid is also great. If you want a more dedicated hunting bullet, the 129 or 142 Nosler Long Range Accubond is good, or the simple 130 or 140 Accubond. I personally run the 140 Berger VLD Hunting in my 6.5x47 Lapua. Also, the Hornady ELD-M and ELD-X would be great, just hard to find right now.
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#6234604 - 03/23/16 08:29 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
What Chad said.

In my experience, the Hornady bullets are less picky to make shoot than the Bergers. Secant ogive vs. tangent ogive. Anyways, try to find the lands with a Hornady, then check Mag length. If seated even with the lands, but too long to fit in the mag (most likely the case with a Tikka) then seat them to mag length, and stay there. Starting on the low powder charger, and easing up in .3 gr increments to Max powder charge.
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#6234644 - 03/23/16 08:53 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 12/06/12
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Loc: Wichita Co.
I found some nosler accubond long rang on sale so I ordered a couple boxes along with the nosler manual.

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#6234663 - 03/23/16 09:11 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Dang good bullet by all reports.
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#6234714 - 03/23/16 09:40 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Registered: 01/04/10
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Loc: New Braunfels
130gr Swift Scirocco II

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#6234832 - 03/23/16 11:15 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
I use the 120 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip over Reloader 17. I like a trajectory as close to my 270 as possible, which I can't do with a 130 or 140 gr bullet. You don't need a 140 gr bullet for whitetail deer. You don't need a high BC bullet inside 300 or 400 yards. And you don't need a match bullet for deer hunting (AMAX).

I did just fine with the 100 gr Ballistic Tip, but found over time that the 120 gr version was more effective on deer and hogs. If not the Nosler bullets, I'd probably go with the 120 gr Sierra Pro Hunter. Certainly the 130 gr Accubond would also do just fine also, though there's a MV deficit, though slight.

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#6234843 - 03/23/16 11:42 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
Some good ones suggested, the sale on Nosler Accubond LR is hard to pass on right now. Getting good accuracy with them and being a bonded bullet should be great on game.

If you want to try Berger Bullets give the Hybrids a try, they are much less seating depth sensitive than the standard VLD bullets.
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#6235052 - 03/24/16 09:02 AM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Loc: Houston
I too started very recently reloading with a similar kit, Hornady instead. The only things my kit did not come with that I use very regularly are these inserts onto your calipers to measure the case headspace and bullet ogive.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/479704/...with-comparator
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/231904/...-with-6-inserts

I can't tell you how beneficial they are versus not having them because I had them from the very beginning, at Fireman's suggestion. The first set of reloads all shoot beyond my expectations. I've never shot an honest 5 shot group sub half MOA at over 100 yards before. I just measured with calipers, but i had one that was less than 1 inch at 300 yards. As still a total newb to reloading, I've decided that matching your headspace and ogive dimensions to your specific rifle plays a HUGE part in getting ammo to shoot well.

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#6235455 - 03/24/16 02:38 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 314
Loc: Wichita Co.
Thanks Redneck, I got them ordered. Should be here on Tuesday.

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#6235605 - 03/24/16 04:22 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Rockdale, Tx
I have the same rifle and here is what works good in mine:

44.5 grains H4350
Lapua brass
CCI-BR2 primer
Berger VLD Hunting 130 grain seated .040" from lands

Fairly warm load but shows no over pressure signs with my gun. I started off much lower and worked up to it.

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#6235943 - 03/24/16 09:26 PM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: AT11]
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^^Making about 2950 fps MV?
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#6236106 - 03/25/16 06:42 AM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: FiremanJG]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Rockdale, Tx
Actually much lower. I'm sure the 20" barrel has a lot to do with it. Average is 2725 fps @ 71deg. I still thought it would have been a little more.

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#6236120 - 03/25/16 07:18 AM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: AT11]
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Is that a brand new barrel? Is that virgin brass?
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#6236150 - 03/25/16 08:01 AM Re: 6.5 mm bullet [Re: JTS]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Rockdale, Tx
Yes new gun, and new Lapua brass. Some was once fired but when I was using the chronograph I think that was all new brass. Round count on barrel was 50-100 range probably when using the chrono.

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