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"The reason I shoot a 6.5 most of the time now is that we decided quite some time ago that everyone on the team would shoot the same bullets in the same velocity range to make it easier on the coaches in the World Championships. If I am shooting F-Class at 1k don't count my 6BR out. In fact it has shot the only 20x clean at 1k that I know of. The BR flat out just shoots little knots. If I had to have one caliber for all my long range shooting that would be it."

Larry Bartholome, USA F-Class Team Captain

Re the 6 BRX--
"There are no custom dies to buy or wait for. Fire-form with the bullet well into the lands and maybe lose one case per two hundred. It just don't get ANY easier than this. Lapua brass, Federal primers, Varget, and Sierras. Lots of barrel life. Shoots better than the trigger puller.

Gentlemen, this is a no-brainer. It has to be one of the best, cheapest, and easiest ways to make ... 1000 yard rounds from the 6mm BR parent case."

Bob Crone, USA F-Class Team Vice-Captain

"The 6 BR Improved is specifically tailored for one thing--ultimate accuracy/velocity/caselife for use with 105-108gr VLD's only. For 1K competition. As such it is arguably the King of the 6's. It is most certainly a racemotor; compare it to a blown 383 smallblock. Very specialized.

Here's what will make you the happiest guy around: 6BR, 26"-28" barrel with 8" twist and around .920" diameter at muzzle. This will hit anything that any other 6mm will in your hands for many thousands of rounds. It will be the most accurate thang you've ever seen. Period.

8" twist 6BR will rip one ragged hole in the paper at 200yds when pushing 68 Match bullets at 3250. It'll push 55's at 3800 and simply shoot circles around 22-250's and 243's.... And it'll frustrate you to utter distraction as you try to get 107s to group similarly.

Expect .25 moa accuracy from 68 Match bullets, .3 moa from 55's and fight for an honest .5 moa from VLDs."

AlinWA from Benchrest Central

"Sell your other action and forget about your 22 centerfire--the 6br is far superior and you could use the extra money for bullets, brass, and powder. Get Lapua brass, pull it out of the box, add a primer then 30+ grains of Varget and a Sierra 107 bullet seated into the lands--and don't look back. This little round with a good scope will do anything you ask of it [out] to 1000 yards. The ballistics are very similar to a 190 grain Sierra Matchking out of a 300 Winchester Magnum at 2950 fps except for retained energy."

Lynn from Benchrest Central

"... I have to say that shooting and loading the 6BR is so rewarding that I can barely get motivated to shoot anything else. After all these years of .308 shooting in match rifle, 300M, service rifle and Palma, discovering the accuracy, mildness and ease of loading of the 6BR is like striking gold. I feel like the William Hurt character in that now old movie The Big Chill who puts on a pair of sneakers for the first time in his life and is so overwhelemd by their comfort that he wears them 24/7."

German Salazar from Florida Highpower

Q: Will a barrel with fewer grooves shoot better?
A: "There isn't any advantage to the shooter. Assuming the ratio of the surface area is kept the same, the number of grooves should not have any effect. Barrel makers use different numbers of grooves for ease of manufacturing and ... marketing hype."

Brian Birutas, Krieger Barrels Tech. Support

"You couldn't run fast enough to give me [a barrel] that some one else had fluted. I once asked another barrel-maker why he fluted barrels and he answered '$2.00 a minute!' That was what he made fluting them."

"Don't be afraid to give up on a [poor-shooting} barrel. Replacing it will cost less than the bullets that you waste trying to make it shoot."

"Do your rifle a favor and clean it well every ten rounds or so and forget all the break-in BS."

Gale McMillan

Why different load manuals have different recipes--
"Sierra used their rifle, bullets, cases, primers and powder on their range on a day with a specific temperature. Hornady did the same thing, but used their stuff. Same with Speer and Lyman and everyone else. Even the original powder manufacturers.

All the companies denote a maximum load by their own criteria. Two grains below sticky extraction; one percent below .0002" case head expansion; the SAAMI limit according to their pressure guage or pizo-electric crystal. Everyone even has their own ouiji board and crystal ball.

Is it any wonder the manuals and load information are different?

Finally, your rifle has slightly different barrel characteristics than any tested. Not to mention you probably have a different lot of powder, bullets, cases and primers. All those make a small, but very real difference.

All the manuals agree: start low, work up, be careful."

Archie from Snipers' Hide

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