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New 6.5mm 156 Berger Elite Hunter

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Who else is shooting them?  I have just started testing them in a brand new 6.5SS w. 26" 1:7.5" twist.

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156 Elite @ .010" jump vs. 140 Hybrid @ .020" jump

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Results are looking very promising so far.  Once the barrel breaks in and speeds up, these are going to slay some game.  Even at 2988-3027fps in a new barrel, they are no slouch.

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200 yard group in 111*F, heavy mirage, and windy conditions

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No slouch at all. Should be a great bullet for the cartridges fast enough to push them.

 

If you're shooting the 156gr @ 3027 FPS, how fast are the 140gr?

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I have exactly 21 rounds through the new 6.5SS, all with the 156.  Have not tried the 140s in the new one yet.  But I have them running 3120 in my old 6.5SS.  Have them up to 3166 in other 6.5SSs I have loaded for.

I have 200 of the 6.5mm 131 Hammer Hunters in route for the new 6.5SS too.  Hoping to push them 3160-3220+ when I get them in hand and load work complete.

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2 hours ago, lancetkenyon said:

I have exactly 21 rounds through the new 6.5SS, all with the 156.  Have not tried the 140s in the new one yet.  But I have them running 3120 in my old 6.5SS.  Have them up to 3166 in other 6.5SSs I have loaded for.

I have 200 of the 6.5mm 131 Hammer Hunters in route for the new 6.5SS too.  Hoping to push them 3160-3220+ when I get them in hand and load work complete.

Excellent, thanks. 

 

Obviously the 6.5SS is not comparable to my 6.5CM, and I won't be trying the 156gr myself, but I was trying to put things into perspective. Although with different powders, my 6.5CM pushes a 130gr Sierra @ 3060FPS and a 143gr ELD-X at 2750FPS. I was very surprised at the difference. 

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I know some guys that are shooting the 150 smk with a 8 twist and are doing ok, what do you think about a 8 twist with the 156's? How do you think that 7.5 will work with a lighter bullet, say a 120?

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Berger states "minimum twist rate" of 1:8" for the new 156.....but that is not necessarily the OPTIMAL twist rate.

I shoot the 150 SMKs in my 1:8" 6.5SS with very good results.  Both on target and on game.  

I am hoping for 3050-3100 once this barrel breaks in with the 156.  I am sure I could get a bot more with NV565 or RL26, but I will be sticking with H1000 or possibly RL23 to keep it stable, accurate and clean.

 

I think these bullets are much better suited for the bigger case capacity 6.5s.  For a 6.5 CM, 6.5x47L, .260 Rem, 6.5SLR, etc. the max I would personally shoot is a 140-143.  I run the 130 OTM in my 22" 1:8" 6.5SLR @ 2888 w. H4350.  I could get more, but I will take the accuracy and stability over 50fps more.

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