Firearm Review Forum Rifles, shotguns, blackpowder, pistols, etc... read the latest reviews of hot new firearms here.

The Bergara B-14 HMR

Reply

Old 10-02-2019, 08:05 AM
  #1  
Boone & Crockett
Thread Starter
 
bronko22000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 11,432
Default The Bergara B-14 HMR

Finally got a chance to shoot this rifle after getting different mounts. Rifle is chambered in 6.5 CM. This was the first outing shooting the Hornady 140 gr ELD-X bullets and H4350 powder. Charges were 38.5 gr, 39 gr. 39.5 gr and 40 gr. i only shot at 100 yards today because I didn't have time to go to the range so I was shooting near my home. It's really hard to pick a winner out of these loads because they were all under an inch. Group size ran from 0.86" - 0.98". (That was without my glasses which I left at home) I'm still going to do some experimenting for a few reasons. 1; the OAL of these rounds were too long for my magazine; and 2. I was not seeing any pressure signs. And the 40 gr charge was the tightest group.
But boy is this rifle fun to shoot. The trigger is perfect for me and the recoil is like shooting a .223.
bronko22000 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 03:28 PM
  #2  
Nontypical Buck
 
Nomercy448's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 3,339
Default

Pics or it didnít happen!
Nomercy448 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 05:42 PM
  #3  
Boone & Crockett
Thread Starter
 
bronko22000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 11,432
Default

Originally Posted by Nomercy448 View Post
Pics or it didnít happen!
Hey buddy I wish I would have read this a little sooner. I just loaded up some more rounds of H4350. I only went to 40.0 gr. I loaded 10 rds each of 41, 42 and 43 gr and I'm going to shoot tomorrow at 200 yds to get a better grasp on what it likes. I had just put new target dots on the poster board I was using to cover up the previous holes and masking tape on the ones it didn't cover. I was shooting both the HMR and the Model 70 at the same array of target dots.
I'll take pics tomorrow. I guarantee that the HMR will, at worse, shoot a 5 hole, 5 shot group at that distance.
bronko22000 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2019, 05:45 AM
  #4  
Nontypical Buck
 
Nomercy448's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 3,339
Default

How long were your rounds, and how far off of the lands? Which mags were you using? Kinda stinks if they reamed too deep to get close with a mag length load.

Nomercy448 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2019, 09:07 AM
  #5  
Boone & Crockett
Thread Starter
 
bronko22000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 11,432
Default

Originally Posted by Nomercy448 View Post
How long were your rounds, and how far off of the lands? Which mags were you using? Kinda stinks if they reamed too deep to get close with a mag length load.
I am using the Bergara supplied magazine. I don't recall now the initial COAL because I was basing it off the Hornady Lock-n-Load gauge then .010" off the lands. These rounds now loaded are only short enough to clear the magazine. I would guess that I had to reduce their length by about .020". Current COAL is 2.83" which is still .03 longer than book max length and puts me about .030" off the lands.
I'm heading to the range now so pic to follow.

EDIT: Just came back from the range without even firing a shot! Got out of the truck and the wind was blowing really hard. Probably somewhere around 25-30 mph and almost 90* crosswind. Ain't no way I could get a good analysis of loads with that. Now with archery season opening tomorrow I don't know when I'm going to get out. Its going to be a while for sure.

Last edited by bronko22000; 10-04-2019 at 11:28 AM.
bronko22000 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service