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Thread: 6.5 cast load

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    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2006
    Kaneohe, HI

    6.5 cast load

    So i read the thread on 6.5 and slower powders.
    I'm working on a 6.5 Arisaka.
    I have Lyman 266469, 266673, and the cruse missile.
    So far I'm using 2400.
    I've tried some I4227, but not enough to make a conclusion.
    Any suggestions on other loads???

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    Boolit Master
    leadhead's Avatar
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    May 2006
    Leechburg Pa.
    I have a Lee cruise mold that was modified to 150grs and it shoots great in my
    6.5 Swede's and Carcano's. I have a 6.5 Arisaka but haven't shot them in it yet.
    I use 2400 @ 16-16.5 grs in most of my military rifles whatever caliber and it
    seems to shoot good in all of them. I've also got the 266469 and a couple of
    NOE molds @ 134 and 163 gr that I haven't played with enough yet.
    Using a bullet of the proper diameter is the key to getting a 6.5 to shoot well.
    I shoot them @ .270-.271 dia. Hope this helps some.

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    Jul 2005
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    My 6.5 Arisaka had a .268 groove diameter barrel. I used the 266455 in it but also used the 266469 cast of COWWs (old ones pre-95) and WQ'd. I used a .268 sizer (H&I) which just GC'd and lubed the as cast .268 bullets. My records show 24.5 gr H4895 with a Dacron filler gave just over 1800 fps and 2 moa accuracy. I also found 16 gr of H4227 with a Dacron filler to give 2 moa accuracy but at a lower 1550 fps.
    Larry Gibson

    “Deficient observation is merely a form of ignorance and responsible for the many morbid notions and foolish ideas prevailing.”
    ― Nikola Tesla

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Kaneohe, HI
    The bore on my long rifle is good at .265.
    I've been using .266 sized boolets, PC'ed. 140gr, gas checked.
    Haven't started to weigh them yet.
    So far seems to be working good.
    I've tried 2400, 4227, and 4198.
    The 4227 at 14.5 and 15.0 shoots 1 1/2" at 50, 2 to 3 at 100.
    I think it can do better.
    With 4198, at 14.5 to 15.0, I get 1 to 2 at 50, and 2 to 3 at 100.
    The 4198 feels much softer than the 4227.
    Going to try again, but weigh the boolets this time.

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    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2006
    Kaneohe, HI
    No one else shooting 6.5 Arisaka????

    Didn't weigh the boolets.
    Put a tuff of dacron filler instead.
    So far I've had the best luck with 15.0, I4198.
    2400 was close, but I4198 was more consistent.
    6 shots at 100yds. Off the bench with rest.
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    I think it can do better.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check