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My 6.5-08 AI (with pic's)

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by BillCh, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. BillCh

    BillCh Vancouver Active Member

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    I hope it's OK to post some pics here.

    My 6.5-08 Imp. (AI)
    .296 Neck, .188 Freebore
    Savage Single Shot Target Action.
    McMillan A5
    Brux 8 twist, finished at 25.5"
    Nightforce 12-42 56mm NXS, NP-R1
    EGW rings and 20 MOA base
    Harris Bi-pod

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  2. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:sure looks nice, how does it shoot?
     
  3. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    She's a peach! And what an interesting caliber choice. Sensible, yet "techno-improved wildcat". I bet I can guess how it shoots.
     
  4. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Thats a sweet lookin gun. How much difference is there between the 6.5-08 and a 6.5 creedmore? I would assume they are similar....
     
  5. DirectDrive

    DirectDrive Vancouver, WA Member

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    Closer to .260 Remington with blown out, Ackley shoulders.
    .260 Remington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Very nice rifle.
     
  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    NICE! If you dont mind me asking, did you build it or?
     
  7. BillCh

    BillCh Vancouver Active Member

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    The original plan was to have a switch barrel rifle based on a Savage Model 12 LRPV repeater action. For those who don't know, barrel changing on a Savage is pretty easy to say the least. The LRPV was originally a 223 Rem with a 26", 9 twist barrel in a HS Precision stock. I ordered two Brux barrels for the action, an 8 twist barrel for the 223AI and an 8 twist for the 6.5-08. Both were for 26 inch finish. Reamers are to my spec's from Pacific Tool and Gauge. A local smith did the chambering, threading, and crowning. After I would change out a barrel and bolt, I'd be ready to shoot either. The problem was that as easy as it is to change barrels, I didn't want to have to. That and there is no earthly way a loaded cartridge of of over 3" was going to load from the magazine. I broke down and got another single shot target action for the 6.5. Then I had to get the stock to put the barreled action in. The only thing you see in the pic's that is of the original plan is the barrel. Its a slippery slope my friends.

    The 223 AI shoots remarkably well with little load work up so far. 80.5 gr. Berger Fullbore bullets and as much Varget as I can get into the case seem to work just fine. I fire form brass with H335. It blows the shoulder out nicely. I have to post a pic or two of it. Its more of a sleeper.

    The 6.5-08 has been a bit more of a challenge to find a load for. It has a long freebore for the long 140 gr. class bullets. The Berger 140 gr. VLD did well as does the 140 gr. BT Target LR. I'm on a quest for a MV of around 2925 fps. That has been not so easy to achieve with such a short barrel. I'm working with RL-17, Ramshot Hunter and H4350. Last weekend I did try some 123 gr. Sierra MK's, the jury is still out. I'm crunching the numbers in QuickLoad. Part of the problem is the limited distance at the range I have, only 200 yards. It will shoot 1/2 MOA but I suspect bullet nutation is holding me up. I feel that at longer ranges MOA may shrink some.

    B
     
  8. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    For what it's worth, the Nosler 120g Ballistic Tip is of approximate length as most conventional 140g bullets. It shoots the very best out of my 6.5x55's. (Military guns twisted/throated for long bullets). Don't do any 6.5 testing without trying the often-overlooked 129g Hornady Interlok (best bullet I found for the Ruger 77 .264 Win that I had the throat reamed on). Conventional wisdom assigns it "just a hunting bullet", but it is more than that.
     
  9. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Nice rifle. Once you get in dialed in post some groups.