Official (DTA) SRS, HTI, Covert, Hunter Thread

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I think I've asked this before but don't know if I ever got a response. Is there a reason DT doesn't offer a 18" 6.5 barrel? I'm looking to go Covert now and saw they only had 308 in 18".

What ballistics would I expect between a 6.5 and a 308 in an 18" barrel? Would I be able to get out to 1000y with either in 18"?
The covert only offers the 308 in 16". I have that barrel and I had a 17" 260 barrel made. The farthest I've had either is 700 yards and they both do good. You can always get with special purpose rifles and get a custom barrel built when you buy the rifle. I think it is about the same price either way unless you go carbon.
 

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I think I've asked this before but don't know if I ever got a response. Is there a reason DT doesn't offer a 18" 6.5 barrel? I'm looking to go Covert now and saw they only had 308 in 18".

What ballistics would I expect between a 6.5 and a 308 in an 18" barrel? Would I be able to get out to 1000y with either in 18"?
You will be able to get out to a 1000 yes. My buddy runs a 18" .308. He uses his DT as his carry weapon on the SWAT Sniper team. So nice and compact . You can get a custom barrel from DMR Rifles for a great price. Do you just want a really fat short rifle? Just caution on what brake you use going that short with the covert.. it could blow some stuff into your glass. Safer with a can on.
 
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You will be able to get out to a 1000 yes. My buddy runs a 18" .308. He uses his DT as his carry weapon on the SWAT Sniper team. So nice and compact . You can get a custom barrel from DMR Rifles for a great price. Do you just want a really fat short rifle? Just caution on what brake you use going that short with the covert.. it could blow some stuff into your glass. Safer with a can on.
Good to hear. I would be using a Surefire can for sure. I was wondering if a 6.5 would provide better ballistics. Specifically why it isn't offered in an 18" is it doesn't perform well in that length? Debating on getting an 18" in carbon fiber. How much weight would that save? Would the recoil be horrible for follow up shots on the lighter shorter carbon fiber barrel?
 
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I think I've asked this before but don't know if I ever got a response. Is there a reason DT doesn't offer a 18" 6.5 barrel? I'm looking to go Covert now and saw they only had 308 in 18".

What ballistics would I expect between a 6.5 and a 308 in an 18" barrel? Would I be able to get out to 1000y with either in 18"?
I have a 16” 6.5 CM barrel and I’ve shot it to 850 yards during a local PRS match and had no problem at all. I’m not near my data, but I believe I’m seeing 2,580 fps with factory Hornady 140 gr. and it shoot amazingly. It’s probably the most accurate and definitely the most handy barrel I have. As long as you know your dope, it is fine to 1,000 yds.
 

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I think I've asked this before but don't know if I ever got a response. Is there a reason DT doesn't offer a 18" 6.5 barrel? I'm looking to go Covert now and saw they only had 308 in 18".
They do, just announced it at SHOT Show in January.

What ballistics would I expect between a 6.5 and a 308 in an 18" barrel? Would I be able to get out to 1000y with either in 18"?
18” creed would be great. My son’s 260 is only a 16” and it will do 1k fine
 
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Im thinking a getting another barrel for prs style matches. I have a 308 now and was wondering what you guys might recommend for caliber? I was thinking something in the 6.5 varieties but am open to any suggestions. I’ll be reloading for it so odd calibers are ok too.
 
I put a half inch YHM riser on mine, it handles a big old PVS 30 and helps it over my supressor. I also put. 5 inch riser in back as well which shortens my eye relief when using my thermal.

The Yankee hill machine risers is the only riser I would use, others were too flimsy
What Ring Height are you running with you YHM pic riser/extender?
 

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I think I've asked this before but don't know if I ever got a response. Is there a reason DT doesn't offer a 18" 6.5 barrel? I'm looking to go Covert now and saw they only had 308 in 18".

What ballistics would I expect between a 6.5 and a 308 in an 18" barrel? Would I be able to get out to 1000y with either in 18"?
https://rifleshooter.com/2016/02/6-...el-length-on-velocity-cutting-up-a-creedmoor/

I was surprised at how little velocity is lost for 6.5CM at 18"
 

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Anybody have any feedback on a carbon fiber barrel from SPR ? I'm seriously considering socking away some money for a future barrel .
I've had mine (26" 6.5 CM) for 9 months now and 850ish rounds. I don't have my data book nearby to confirm round count.

Load development was a little difficult just because no 3 round group was over .5 MOA.

There was no vertical stringing or loss of accuracy when I did a 20 round string in 90 seconds, and then continued to fire at a sustained rate (3-5 rounds per minute). You'll pick up mirage quite a bit faster than a steel barrel, however, it cools down much faster than steel.

I am going to buy a normal 6.5 barrel, and dedicate the Proof for hunting only. It's too expensive to use for competitive or target shooting.

Weight savings is substantial for an equal profiled barrel, but compared to a standard DT barrel I think the only weight savings is about 6-7 oz.
 

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Not that the 6.5 SAUM is a heavy recoiler but recoil management is the name of the game in PRS, thus why many went to 6mm’s over 6.5 and now you’re seeing the little 6s like Dasher and BR and variants really taking off.

Additionally SAUM means less rounds in the mag and a modified mag.

Keep it simple and go standard bolt face for PRS.



Velocity is by far superior and you can push heavies a lot more. Especially over the 6.5x47 Lapua. I'm getting 3310 using 130's VLDs out of a 24" barrel. 140's I'm getting 3180
 
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Velocity is by far superior and you can push heavies a lot more. Especially over the 6.5x47 Lapua. I'm getting 3310 using 130's VLDs out of a 24" barrel. 140's I'm getting 3180
Dang! that is fast! my range for PRS has a 3000 FPS limit. I wouldn't even be able to use that cartridge to it potential.
 
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My 300 Norma is alive! Loaded 5 rounds with 225 ELD-M's and H1000 this morning. Two shots to zero and then this :

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Not to shabby for zero load development and only 5 rounds down it . This thing is going to be super easy to tune. Velocities were 2965 and an ES of 6 . I drank the Norma koolaid and man it tastes good so far .
You gonna love the norma! Got one in my dta and it's my favorite round!
 

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Just finished installing 3 of the Talon grips is Desert Sand rubberized on my FDE SRS'S and they fit like a glove and what a difference they make! Kudos to Talon! They also match the color perfectly.
 
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Thanks guys , all good. I was out shooting all day yesterday and I like the grip. It feels good. I think there might be two different materials but could be wrong. Ones the rubberized one like I got and another maybe like skateboard grip tape . My skins were bolted together with the talon grip applied already when they shipped back to me , so I took a exacto knife and cut it down the middle so I could split the skins apart to install back on the chassis. It worked fine. I like the grip. Something different. I was thinking about getting the grip stippled but didn’t. Talon grip can be removed, stippling is final.
 
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Another shout-out to SAC on their 223 conversion.

I shot a 600 yard F-Class shoot yesterday using my SRS with a SAC 223 conversion and won the F T/R class by a two point margin. This is the second F-Class shoot I have run this rig in and won them both against some pretty good shooters, almost all of which were shooting 308. Another testament to the versatility of the DT platform and the awesome performance of SAC's conversion kits.
 
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Not sure if they are still doing them but I bought bolt knobs from Phoenix Custom Rifles a few years ago. They are very nice, I have one for each of the three bolts, they did grooves (1-3 per bolt) to make bolt identification easy.
 
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