6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge

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Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All loads should be reduced by 5% as a starting point for development where cartridges have greater than 40 grains in capacity and 10% for cartridges with less than 40 grain capacity following safe handloading practices as represented in established mainstream reloading manuals. Presentation of these loads does not constitute a solicitation for their use, nor a recommendation.

 

Cartridge – 6.5 Precision Rife Cartridge
Firearm Ruger Hawkeye Long-Range Target
Barrel Length 26.00″
Min – Max Case Length 2.030″ +0.000″/-0.030″
Min – Max COL 2.775″ – 2.955″
Primer CCI 250
Bullet Diameter 0.2644″ +0.000″/-0.0030″
Reloading Dies Hornady

 

Bullet Type  Bullet
Weight
Grains
Net H2O
Grains
Capacity
COL” Powder
Type
Powder
Charge
Grains
Muzzle
Velocity
fps
Muzzle
Energy
ft/lbs
 Sierra Pro-Hunter SP
120
63.8
2.810
Retumbo 61.0 3245 2808
 Sierra Pro-Hunter SP 120 63.7 2.810 H1000 59.0 3059 2494
 Nosler Partition 125 63.5 2.875 Retumbo 60.0 3284 2994
 Nosler Partition 125 63.5 2.875 H1000 58.5 3078 2630
 Hornady Interlock 129 62.2 2.800 Retumbo 60.2 3134 2814
 Hornady Interlock 129 62.2 2.800 H1000 58.5 3055 2674
 Lapua 136 61.4 2.870 Retumbo 59.5 3121 2942
 Lapua 136 61.4 2.870 Re25 59.0 3078 2862
 Nosler Competition 140 61.8 2.875 Retumbo 59.5 3066 2923
 Nosler Competition 140 61.8 2.875 Re25 59.0 3072 2934
 Hornady SST 140 59.3 2.800 Retumbo 59.5 3143 3072
 Hornady SST 140 59.3 2.800 Re25 59.5 3114 3015
 Berger Target 140 61.3 2.900 Retumbo 60.0 3160 3105
 Berger Target 140 61.3 2.900 Re25 60.0 3091 2971
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