What do you all think of this
I don’t reload personally. Unfortunately, my dad has always done my reloading for me & we now live 1600 miles from one another. I’ve been shooting the Hornady 143gr ELD-X & Hendershot’s Custom ammo loaded with Berger 156gr EOL. My rifle has a 22” barrel so I’m certain I’m getting sub 2900fps, especially with the Berger bullets. Both shoot great, but I’m leaning toward the ELD -X’s just due to availability. I have an antelope hunt scheduled in August. Hopefully I have successful hunt so I can see what the rounds are capable of.Yeah, got one myself. Got the Browning X-bolt HC speed (24" brl). Not getting the speed I want even with max load according to Hornady.
Using H1000 and getting a good node at 2915fps. Shot a 3 shot group in the 3s. Still doing load development but looks promising so far even with a broke dich trigger. I'll talk more about the trigger if folks ask...
Oh and btw, the recoil is effing stout w/o a brake. 143grn ELDx at max load will punish you after about 20rds or so. Nothing compared to a 300WIN though.
With the brake on it shoots like a mild 243.
One thing I will say is Hornady 6.5 PRC brass are damn good. Shot max loads twice on several brass and the primer pocket is still snug like it was brand new. Also, I saw no pressure signs with max load. The typical looking at the primer, ejector dents, hard bolt lift, etc...
I've also tried R25 but MV was all over the place. Huge jumps in ES. H1000 is SO much more stable. Single digit ES.
I have ran 3 different loads through my PRC now & all 3 are sub MOA. I really like the 156 Berger but I haven’t hunted with it. 1/2 groups at 200 yards is ridiculous!!! Lol that’s awesome. I’m getting just over an 1.25” at 200 with the Berger load. I know the gun is far more accurate than I am, so I’m super happy with that. I had planned to use it on an antelope hunt next month, but have since changed my mind & plan to use my muzzleloader.Took an awfully long time for me to choose what rifle, then save the cash, and a very long wait for it to arrive.
Got a Howa HS Precision in 6.5 prc.
Finally finished putting it through the paces and tweaking the loads.
Shoots a solid 1/2" group at 200yrds. with 156gr. Berger.
The 24" barrel will push that bullet to 2,976 average in my rifle, but my best groups run 2,883.
I think it is a complete joy to shoot. Recoil is very much lighter than I even hoped for. But the Howa isn't the lightest rifle out there. But not too heavy for me and it is very smooth loading action. Long action allows full advantage to be taken with heavy bullets.
It does shoot the Sierra flat base 160gr bullets accurately. But pretty slow and not great bc for longer distance hunting.
Just need to take it for a hike this fall and see what happens after I throw a hold through a few live targets.
Glad I bought all the brass and bullets I could get years ago.
Ammo is the only problem I could see for a guy to not buy a 6.5 prc right now.
If you like the 6.5x284, but want an affordable rifle off the shelf and affordable brass ( at least not during a panic buying market).
Then the 6.5 PRC is worth a hard look.
Good looking rifle.I have ran 3 different loads through my PRC now & all 3 are sub MOA. I really like the 156 Berger but I haven’t hunted with it. 1/2 groups at 200 yards is ridiculous!!! Lol that’s awesome. I’m getting just over an 1.25” at 200 with the Berger load. I know the gun is far more accurate than I am, so I’m super happy with that. I had planned to use it on an antelope hunt next month, but have since changed my mind & plan to use my muzzleloader.
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I don’t think it can be helped. Mine has a carbon fiber barrel & will do the same thing. I will usually fire 4-5 rounds then set it in the shade to cool. It still gets pretty warm though. It doesn’t help that it’s usually over 100 degrees here in Vegas when I’m shooting either. LolOnly thing I don't like about my Howa, is the light barrel contour.
It gets very hot after 6-7 shots.
But the first three shots out of a cold bore group fantastic.
I guess that isn't something to complain about.
mine too......they defy reality....
Just curious to know what you guys shoot?My engineering degree is rendered worthless by these modern cartridges.
I hear ya! I’m in no way trying to get in a pissing contest. I just know what a few of my guns can do. I know that a few of my rifles would shoot better in someone else’s hands.I load for about 18 rounds last I checked. All old school stuff that people haven’t heard of like 222’s. My current go to is a 25-06.
What doesn’t change is f=m*a and all that equal and opposite reaction mumbo jumbo. I don’t care how fat the brass is nor how long the bullet is, physics doesn’t change.
Dont get me wrong, if I was younger and had more room in the safe I would have one of everything. Even a creedmoor. But enough about me.