I just started load testing with 123g SMKs after running a bunch of bullet/velocity combos through AB. Even with an 18", I'm still supersonic out to about 1000. The 142s will be within about 50 yards but will have slightly more drop (but less wind drift). It's all about what you're willing to compromise.to those of you shooting 6.5CM, what bullet weight are you shooting? I just got word my barrel is shipping soon, which means ill have it for deer season. I have a couple boxes of 143gr ELD-X precision hunter, but im wondering how the performance is out of a 16"-17", or if i'd be better off with something in the 120-130gr range.
Not a factory load, but my 16.5” 308 loves 178 eld-x bullets. Hornady Precision Hunter line of factory loadings includes that bullet: https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/308-win-178-gr-eld-x-precision-hunter#!/What weight bullets and factory loads are you guys having luck with, with your 16inch .308s?
I’m looking to compile a list and grab 6-8 different loads when the new rifle arrives and choose the best as my go to for hunting/long range shots.