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Hey all, I purchased a Davidson's Distributor Exclusive Ruger Precision Rifle in Barrett Brown and 6.5 Creed about 2 months ago because I live in CA and wasn't happy shooting my AR's that had to be modified in this stupid state (Gavin Newsome is now Governor so it's going to get worse). We plan on moving soon but it was a great excuse to get a rifle I heard and read so much about. So I took this bad boy to the range with a Vortex 6-24x 55mm Crossfire. Once sighted in I was shooting one MOA at 200 yards with Hornady Precision Hunter 143 Grain ELD-X. Long story short they are about $1.65 a round. My friend who reloads says he can make similar for much less and wants to try try reloading 6.5 anyway. ALL THIS TO SAY-I was wondering if someone has found a bullet/powder combination that they love in the RPR Creed. I am not a hunter but if I needed to would be just fine with the above round I think. I would love to here people's take on what they have discovered works in the rifle or have had success with. Thanks for listening!!
 

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Welcome from Michigan. Dont blame you for wanting to vacate the Socialist State of California. Just remember that a load developed for one rifle might not be the best in another. Instead of giving a load over the internet, I would recommend getting a load manual with your friend and find a load to work up to following normal reloading practices of starting low and working the load up while looking for pressure signs, etc. Normal handloading practices.
 

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The new 50th edition lyman reloading manual highlights the most accurate loads they've found. For 6.5cm they have 5 jacketed bullets ranging from 95 grains to 140 grains and they list the most accurate load for each bullet. Two of the powders they say are the most accurate in 4 of those 5 bullets are Varget and IMR 4350. Three of those list a max load that was the most accurate and one lists the starting load as being the most accurate. If I was starting off reloading I would tinker around with the one that says the starting load was the most accurate. In this case it's the 107 grain jacketed HPBT bullet and IMR 4350 powder.
 

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I would suggest you go to another forum I’m on, accurateshooter.com. From there go to the Daily Bulletin and search back to 3 October 2018. The choice powder is Reloader 16, it’s fairly new and deadly accurate. Also if you use the search tab in the forum section and enter Relaoder 16 it should bring up some extensive research on R16 and the 6.5 CM done by a fellow member.


I have used the Hornady 143’s in my RPR, my best groups so far are 1/2”@200yds, the only difference between our two rifles is that I run a Nightforce on mine. That factory load is hard to beat, but pricy.

As far as raw bullets go stick with Hornady and Nosler, they will have a higher BC than most, even though all the manufacturers inflate their BC’s.

As far as brass goes I use Hornady, I aneal after each firing and neck size only, bumping the shoulder only when my bolt gets stiff.

Sharing my load is pointless, only because it may not preform well in your 6.5, but I will say it likes a very short jump so I would start at .010 OTL and start coming out from there at increments of .030. You should have no problem finding an accuracy node and you can tweak it from there.

Research R16, you won’t be disappointed.
 

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Wow Thanks!!

Hey, thanks everyone for the input. A lot of great places to start!! I appreciate you folks taking the time. I guess I better continue studying loads etc.....but must admit it is the type of studying I don't mind! :)
 

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My RPR likes the Hornady 140 grain ELD bullets over 40.5 grains of H4350. Your COAL will vary with your chamber. I use CCI or Winchester primers, bench rest primers are preferred. I can shoot better than 1/2 MOA with this load out to 400 yards, the longest I can shoot on my buddy's property. A good starting load for Gen 2 RPR's. Good luck!
 

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Awesome

My RPR likes the Hornady 140 grain ELD bullets over 40.5 grains of H4350. Your COAL will vary with your chamber. I use CCI or Winchester primers, bench rest primers are preferred. I can shoot better than 1/2 MOA with this load out to 400 yards, the longest I can shoot on my buddy's property. A good starting load for Gen 2 RPR's. Good luck!
Will give it a shot for sure. Thanks!!
 
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