## Re: Shooting and Loading the Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor

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Reply #56 –

Shot with a Tikka T3X CTR 20" Barrel 1-8 Twist

Measured with a Magnetospeed V3

I am no professional and just got in to reloading and long range shooting. These were my first test loads. I found while shooting at 600 yds my grouping was tighter with 41gr of the IMR 4350. I put all 5 shots on a 6" plate at 600 yds. The first two series were 3 shots on the plate. It could have been me. I plan to load more 41gr and return to the range and see how they shoot. If anyone else has had any luck please share your load data. Thanks.

Series 1 Shots: 5 Powder IMR 4350

Min 2278 Max 2317 Bullet Berger 140 gr VLD Target

Avg 2297 S-D 15 Primer CCI BR2

ES 39 Grains 39

Series Shot Speed

1 1 2278 ft/s

1 2 2317 ft/s

1 3 2300 ft/s

1 4 2288 ft/s

1 5 2304 ft/s

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Series 2 Shots: 5 Powder IMR 4350

Min 2331 Max 2372 Bullet Berger 140 gr VLD Target

Avg 2349 S-D 15.3 Primer CCI BR2

ES 41 Grains 40

Series Shot Speed

2 1 2354 ft/s

2 2 2341 ft/s

2 3 2331 ft/s

2 4 2349 ft/s

2 5 2372 ft/s

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Series 3 Shots: 5 Powder IMR 4350

Min 2404 Max 2434 Bullet Berger 140 gr VLD Target

Avg 2419 S-D 13.6 Primer CCI BR2

ES 30 Grains 41

Series Shot Speed

3 1 2418 ft/s

3 2 2434 ft/s

3 3 2433 ft/s

3 4 2404 ft/s

3 5 2409 ft/s

With a 20 " barrel you are probably at a " low node" . As you increase the powder charge by smaller increment s , half grain powder charge increases . Your groups may scatter a bit then tighten up . That is what most of us have done.

It's great you starting low and slow and working up and documenting your results.