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Messages - bob_atl

Reloading / Re: First rifle reload - advice
My comment is to get a decent chrono ASAP, beg, borrow, etc.
The factory Hornady Black 140 works well for me too, may want to chrono it then your reloads as well.
Also, three shot groups can be misleading, I try for 5 shot groups now.
Reloading / Re: SMK 150 Grain 6.5 CM
I tried from 44.3 to 47 Superformance on those pills, in my SAV 10 24" 8:1,  and got 2670 to 2860 fps.
Best groups were at 44.3, but it seemed to be on the ragged edge of stability and those groups were unacceptable (+1.5 MOA).
Stopped working with the 150 SMK cause apparently my  8:1 twist is not fast enough. 
Bolt Action Rifles / Re: Just ordered a new Savage 10 GRS 6.5 Creed
….I got the bug for an "entry lever" long range rifle......
Welcome & my SAV 10 GRS is more than an entry level, think yours will be too.
Mine likes the cheap Hornady 140 BTHP black box, really well.
On the 130 gn pills, I've been happy with Varget vs H4350.
 And the 130 TGK over Varget is what I'm currently shooting.
Do like H4350 (and H100V) for 140 - 143 gn pills.
Mine wears a Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52, which I love, its my best scope by far.
On break in, I cleaned the bore after every 5 for the first 50, not sure it needed it.
Optics, Sights, Mounts, Etc. / Re: Please educate me on Red Dot optical sights
The Holosun in your link is thought to be the same internals as a Sig Romeo5.
I have two of the Romeo5 and recommend them as a solid value. They can be had currently for $120 at PSA.
The wake up feature is great for saving battery life and one less thing to worry about in an emergency.
They get good reviews too.
General Discussion / Re: Hornady 100gr Match?
They work very well in my 24" SAV 10 at 100 yards.
 100 ELD-M, VARGET 38.75 gn,  F210M,   STARLINE,   COL 2.660" => 2932 fps
Reloading / Re: Anyone Using "Superformance" powder?
….123 gr A-MAX over 47.5 grains of Super Performance.... average of 3005 fps  My COAL was 2.255".  ...
Are you sure, seems a little short on the COL side., maybe that's base to ogive.
 Hornady 9th ed suggests 2.710" & its what I use for that pill.
My load for that pill @ 3000 fps from 24" barrel is 41.0 gn Varget, COL 2.710".  (work up to this carefully, its hot)
My normal load for this pill runs 2861 fps, for best groups.
General Discussion / Re: starline rifle cases for 6.5 creed.
I  switched from Hornady to Starline for my #1 range rifle, and will stay with them.
6.5 CM Starline case capacity is very close to Lapua, but less than Hornady by enough to change the load a bit.
Ammunition / Re: Hornady American Whitetail 129gr
I got 2802 fps with sd 6.4 but they were not accurate from my 24" SAV 10.
A month earlier I got 2777 fps with sd 9.1.   Used Magnetospeed V3.
Was basically making brass for another gun.
Bolt Action Rifles / Re: Boyds stock on RAP with AICS mags
A real issue with the RAP is it's cheap plastic magazine reliability.  (I have replaced one broken at the latch pivot)
Probably the biggest weakness in the RAP as a value package is that plastic mag.
I'm thinking their marketing was aware of this mag weakness and thought up a clever two-fer…
(1) Solve a reliability issue with a (2) desirable magazine upgrade feature, ie, sell more guns !!
Reloading / Re: SMK 150 GR LOAD DATA
My 24" 8:1 SAV 10 is on the edge of stability for 150 SMK, but I tried anyway.
COL 2.88" SuperFormance from 44.3 up to 47.0, but only had decent results around the low end of that range.
Pressure signs at the upper end,  so start low like I did if you try SuperF.
Gave up on the pill since 140s are much easier to work with in the SAV 10.