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Old March 03, 2018, 10:16   #1
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First M14 in 6.5 Creedmoor ready for the range.

Just finished up my first M14 in 6.5 Creedmoor.
Bula Defense Systems XM21 with 6.5 NM Barrel.
JAE gen III chassis with Atlas bipod and Accushot monopod.
Scope is a Hi Lux 6 - 30 56mm mounted with ARMS $22 30mm rings. Picked up a case of GMM 6.5 130 Berger to help set a baseline for accuracy. Looking forward to punching some paper.







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Old March 03, 2018, 10:21   #2
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That is one nice looking rifle you got there.

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Old March 03, 2018, 10:45   #3
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Well that didn't take long!

Very nice Sir. Looking forward to your range report.
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Heck no. I love nailing these things together.
Bula Defense makes it very easy.
Their parts just go together like and erector set.

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Took her out for a function test. 100%. Rand 60 rnds of GMM without a problem.
Target shows first 4 rnds from the new rifle a the bottom of the paper at 6. This is exactly how it was moving the scope from one XM21 to another. Needed no windage correction at all. Walked the elevation up for the 6.5 Gmm an settled in for a 3rnd group in the center. 100 yds target.



Next target is an 18 rnd mag dump just to warm things up and check function. No problems at all.



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As with any new rifle, I would check some other bullet weights and types for the best accuracy. My 6.5 C likes the 140 and 143 grain stuff but groups open up with the 147 gr. The lighter stuff suffers to much with my wind reading ability, I really can't say if my rifle likes them or not. At least my 100 yard groups are good.

If you have a rifle with 7.5 inch rifling, you might want to try out the SMK 150 gr HPBT. They have a .713 (factory spec) BC and should be good a long ranges.
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My bolt rifle seems to like 140 and 147 gr bullets.
I am sure, with a little experimentation, I will find what these M14s like.
So far it looks like the 130s will do the trick. Second target was just a mag dump. When the dot got close to the center the trigger got pulled. Rate of fire about 60rpm, so that won't tell much of anything. Looking forward to warmer weather with no wind for the next test.

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Old March 04, 2018, 07:17   #8
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Good looking rifle and it seems like it's going to be a real tack driver, Congrats.
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The XM21 6.5 Creedmoor seems to be quite gentle on the brass. Just prepping what I shot yesterday and I am very pleased.
Rifle ejected nicely at 3 oclock .
Jeff did an excellent job on the chambers, headspace and feed areas of both barrels.
Loading up some 140 gr Berger hybrids over 38.5 gr of H4350 as a starting point. Looking for about 2500 fps.
While getting the Federal brass ready I noticed that about every 5th or 6th casing needed quite a bit of flash hole de-burring. Tumbling in the Thumler now.

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Old March 04, 2018, 13:12   #10
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Working on the second of the pair of XM21s in 6.5 today.
This one will be going in the beautiful Walnut stock I bought at Wades last of the kind sale when she is completed. Until then one of my shop birch animals will do.





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