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Posted: 9/18/2023 10:39:38 AM EST
My Google foo is weak and I am not finding a lot of load data. I just ordered a barrel and it’s time to buy components. I see Tac and Varget listed for 103 & 107’s. I have both of those in my stash. Are there any others that Shine in the arc? Any load data you care to share?

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Link Posted: 9/18/2023 12:35:34 PM EST
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If going for a gas gun and looking for velocity, Leverevolution is your friend! Others have used CFE as well, but I can’t speak to its performance.


Also, if going with a +2 gas system, you may have some cycling issues with Varget.
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 1:00:48 PM EST
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CFE 223 and Lever are going to give you the best velocity, by a good 50-100fps if I remember correctly. Tac and Varget should work fine, just slower.
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 2:47:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SuperJlarge:
If going for a gas gun and looking for velocity, Leverevolution is your friend! Others have used CFE as well, but I can’t speak to its performance.


Also, if going with a +2 gas system, you may have some cycling issues with Varget.
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Did go +2. I’ll pick up some leverevolution. How is it for accuracy?
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 2:48:32 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bluedog82:
CFE 223 and Lever are going to give you the best velocity, by a good 50-100fps if I remember correctly. Tac and Varget should work fine, just slower.
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Thanks. I have Tac and cfe so those will be tested.
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 2:49:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SpeyRod:


Did go +2. I’ll pick up some leverevolution. How is it for accuracy?
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I haven’t loaded much on this cartridge yet but from what I’ve heard, people seem to have the best accuracy pushing it towards max loads. There’s a mega thread on Snipershide for load data also.
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 2:53:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bluedog82:


I haven’t loaded much on this cartridge yet but from what I’ve heard, people seem to have the best accuracy pushing it towards max loads. There’s a mega thread on Snipershide for load data also.
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Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 3:36:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SpeyRod:


Did go +2. I’ll pick up some leverevolution. How is it for accuracy?
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Accuracy has been great, but I’m just now getting into cooler temps since really loading for it. I know LVR and CFE are temp sensitive.

Brass can be hard to come by unless you order starline. Hornady match 108’s shoot great in the Craddock barrels.

I use Varget for my bolt gun 6arc. It shoots very well.
Link Posted: 9/18/2023 3:54:32 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SuperJlarge:


Accuracy has been great, but I’m just now getting into cooler temps since really loading for it. I know LVR and CFE are temp sensitive.

Brass can be hard to come by unless you order starline. Hornady match 108’s shoot great in the Craddock barrels.

I use Varget for my bolt gun 6arc. It shoots very well.
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Hornady brass hasn’t been my favorite but I’ll try to find some. I’ll also order some starline.

Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/19/2023 12:07:07 PM EST
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Gunstop Reloading Has Starline and Hornady
Here is code for 15% off BackHalf0923
Link Posted: 9/19/2023 4:00:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By rn22723:
Gunstop Reloading Has Starline and Hornady
Here is code for 15% off BackHalf0923
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Thanks for the lead. I added a couple boxes and tried to check out with the code. Unfortunately it doesn’t work on the brass. Still good to know where to find it.
Link Posted: 9/19/2023 5:59:23 PM EST
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Some one pointed out to me that the brass for 6 arc was almost as expensive as some of the loaded ammo. So I went to the local shop and bought some ammo. Turns out the Black box 105 hpbt ammo is $.31 more than the brass. I’ll be shooting factory to build my brass supply.
Link Posted: 9/20/2023 6:15:33 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SpeyRod:
Some one pointed out to me that the brass for 6 arc was almost as expensive as some of the loaded ammo. So I went to the local shop and bought some ammo. Turns out the Black box 105 hpbt ammo is $.31 more than the brass. I’ll be shooting factory to build my brass supply.
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That's how Hornady seems to have priced both 6.5G in the past and 6.5G and 6ARC now.

I bought 600rds of 123gr 6.5G American Gunner back in the good ol' days for less than 600pcs of virgin brass.
Link Posted: 9/20/2023 9:54:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By towerofpower94:


That's how Hornady seems to have priced both 6.5G in the past and 6.5G and 6ARC now.

I bought 600rds of 123gr 6.5G American Gunner back in the good ol' days for less than 600pcs of virgin brass.
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I remember those 200 round packs. I burned through a bunch of them in the Grendel. Still loading on that brass. Miss those prices.
Link Posted: 10/10/2023 6:32:34 PM EST
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Just ordered 500 of the Starline 6 arc brass. Back ordered but the barrel isn’t here yet so no worries.
Link Posted: 10/13/2023 6:33:10 PM EST
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Found Leverevolution and CFE223 at cabelas today. I am ready to start loading. Cabelas has the Berger 108’s. Has anyone tried those?
Link Posted: 10/14/2023 5:01:06 PM EST
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Ordered KM mandrels to set neck tension and for neck turning. Hoping to see the brass before the barrel to give me time to work it.
Link Posted: 11/14/2023 9:41:44 AM EST
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I havent reloaded 108's yet, but LVR with 105 HPBT hornady works in my ar rifle.  CFE223 didnt work for me.
Link Posted: 12/2/2023 1:10:32 AM EST
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Not much loading data out there accept Hornady

Leverevolution and CFE223 can be temp sensitive

Varget, 4895, more temp stable but you won’t get the speed


Hoping for some other companies like Nosler and Sierra to publish load data.
Link Posted: 12/15/2023 3:59:32 PM EST
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Loaded ladder tests for the 107 smk over cfe and lvr. This is for my 12.5” Faxon not the Bartlien barrel I am waiting for.

It will be a while before I can shoot them thanks to having c4-c7 fused on Monday. Still it’s something to look forward to.
Link Posted: 12/30/2023 4:43:35 PM EST
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Ladder test in the sbr was good and accuracy was great. Shot it at 600yds because that range was open. The top end of both cfe223 and LVR tightened up significantly. The cfe223 load topped out at 2,268 and the LVR load topped out at 2,209 with no pressure signs.

I have loaded up 3 steps of 5 each at the top to see what kind of es and sd I get. These should also give me an idea of the accuracy potential as well.
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