I finally got my new Ground Hog rig put together. Encore action w/Bellm trigger job(very nice). MGM 6.5X284 barrel with match chamber, and muzzle break. Left handed thumbhole stock. Zeiss 6.5X20 scope. The rig looks great. Unfortunately the first range report is terrible. 2 inch plus groups at 100 yards. I was very disappointed. The rifle did not shoot any better than my open sighted Sharp's.
I did alot of research for my first load. I guess there was a major flaw. My load was: Lapua Brass, CCI BR primers(large rifle), 60 grains of N-165, Nosler 120 grain Ballistic Tip Bullets, and seated out to touch the lands. This load is 5-10% below the max. loads that I found. I had a couple of primers fall out after I removed the casings. I found that to be very strange. The primers were not cupped, and there were no other signs of pressure? I did not understand that-it has never happened to me before. I also found the primer's were harder to seat than normal. I use a Lee Auto-Prime, and I had to use both thumbs to seat the primer's adequately. I guess it is back to the drawing board. Tom.