Reloading choices: volume vs efficiency


Q: I’m thinking about making up a 6.5mm cartridge by having my old post-64 Model 70 in 7x57mm rebarrelled. 

It has never been very accurate and I’m leaning toward a 6.5 based on the .30-06 case with one good load using the Sierra 140gn SBT. 

Which cartridge would be best out of the 6.5-06, 6.5-06 Improved and 6.5 Gibbs? Would there be enough of a gain in velocity to choose one of the improved cartridges? 

I have a lot of AR2213sc powder. Would it work all right?

Jim Casley

A: When you burn more powder you get more velocity, but only if you burn the right powder and AR2213sc would be as good as any other in any one of the 6.5s based on the .30-06 case. 

My computer program says that when the 140gn Sierra is loaded as close as possible to 50,000psi, that 55gn of AR2213sc in the standard 6.5-06 achieves 3015fps; 58gn in the 6.5-06 Improved boosts velocity to 3130fps; and 59.5gn in the Gibbs gets 3150fps. 

To me, this indicates that the Gibbs is a waste of time and poses too much work in forming cases. 

My personal choice would be the standard 6.5-06 unless you think it is worth going to the trouble of fire-forming cases to gain a mere 100fps.

 

 

 


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Nick Harvey

The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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