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6BR Norma
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 Posted: Wed Mar 8th, 2017 09:58 AM
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Just picked up my 6BR today and as I have a pile of Varget I've loaded some 87gn Hornady HPBT bullets and 29.5gn. Varget is made here in Australia and sold here as ADI 2208, so there's usually no lack of it until Hogden yell out for more.
I ordered my rifle with a 10twist barrel to shoot 87 to 90gn bullets up to 300m. I'm told that 8208 also works well, probably a few others too. Anyone like to chime in I'd be happy to hear the news.
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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2017 06:32 PM
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It's hard to go wrong with the 6BR, and Varget is what I've used with pretty good results at 600 yds with Berger 105 gr VLD.



 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2017 10:34 PM
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Thanks for the input Offhand, good thing I have plenty of Varget.
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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2017 10:24 PM
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My rifle is a 1 in 12 twist, it came like that when I bought it used.
Varget is my go to powder for 6mmBR. I use Berger 80 grain Varmint bullets with 30.5 grains of powder. It gives me 2600 fps and is so accurate it's amazing. I've been using Lapua brass and CCI BR primers. It's a single shot bolt action rifle so I'm not chasing brass. I'd hate to lose any Lapua brass, it's not cheap.

A great cartridge!



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Got to hang onto the Lapua brass mate. I set mine up with a 1:10 twist to shoot 87 to 90gn bullets. I'm only interested in 300yards with this rifle. The Savage Creedmoor I have will take me further out.



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My long range 6BR has a 30" Kreiger barrel with 1/8" twist I had fitted for 105 gr Berger bullets for 600 yd benchrest. The chamber has a .269" neck. My lot of Lapua 6br brass has .012" neck walls, which I turn to .0115" to even them up and yields a finished .226" neck with bullet seated, leaving sufficient clearance in .269" chamber neck. Attached is the rifle, which is built on a BAT action with stock by Terry Leonard. (Yep, real wood) It shoots pretty good with Varget.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 06:29 AM
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Very nice set up mate. Mine also has a real timber stock. It's based on a trued Howa action with a barrel from a local maker. The barrel is 26" long with a 1:10 twist. I don't want to shoot any further than 300m with this rifle, past that my Creedmoor takes over. I put a Vrtex Viper, 6-24x50 on it. About to take it to the range tomorrow with some 87gn Hornady BTHP bullets loaded over Varget. Early stage of load development



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Looking around some of the forums I was a bit surprised to see I'm one of the few that had their rifle set up with a 1:10 twist. Most seem to want to shoot either bullets in the 100gn class or much lighter bullets needing a 12 or 14 twist. I don't regret my choice because one 5 shot group at 100m today was under .3" another with the Magneto speed attached was 8 rounds for .5. So I guess I'll continue bucking the system.
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My 6BR has a 1:8 barrel. Shoots 105 grain bullets very well.



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Offhand, nice picture. For me this is a rather timely thread. Was having a difficult time finding short range bench shooters in my area. I did find some long range shooters in my area and next month I am planning on observing my first IBS registered match. The person I spoke with recommended that I build a Dasher, around based on the 6br. In further discussions, with this person, I learned that many shooters use wood stocks, non glued in, and preload for the match. These things in my limited benchrest experience are different than the short range game. Offhand I don't know what barrel you are using. I plan on staying local, by using either a Brux, Bartline, or Krieger barrel.



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Mr Jackson, you'll find there are quite a few differences between short range and long range benchrest shooters and their equipment. Long range BR rifles are generally too heavy for glue-in, plus other differences. All my short range rifles are glued-in. Long range shooters, including myself, generally pre-load our ammo because there is less ammo consumption during a match, plus the fact that many long range venues do not have covered facilities for on-site reloading. I have, and have used, barrels by several makers but have had such consistent luck with Krieger that they are my now first choice. Bartline is my next choice but in my experience tend to need more fine tuning to perform and can be frustrating when they're not in the mood to shoot well.
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