TOP 6MM PROJECTILES FOR LONG RANGE SHOOTING…
If you are struggling to find a perfect bullet combo for you 6MM variant cartridge, were here to help you out! There are a few “un-sung heroes” in the 6MM category that often get overlooked, along with the popular ones used in competition. While I am sure you have heard of some of these, a couple you may not have known are top-notch performers. For every one of these projectiles we are covering, you will need a minimum of a 1-7.5 twist to fully stabilize the bullet.
It is only fair to address the cost and application first. We will be covering some inexpensive and also very expensive, plus the coinciding application for them. An example would be, trainer bullets, general purpose, hardcore match use (in particular PRS), and lastly Benchrest. Separating PRS from Benchrest merely for the fact that BC plays a large part in selection from shooters, and generally Benchrest shooters do not care in the slightest what the BC is of a projectile.
SIERRA 107 SMK
This bullet has been absolutely overlooked by everyone I have spoken to. Conversely I have converted a decent amount of folks onto using this projectile. You can currently source the Sierra 107 SMK online for under $190.00 for a 500 pack. I generally only purchase the 500 packs because they are lot sorted. Applied Ballistics touts a .271 G7 BC for these which makes them right up there with any other 105-108 grain class projectile. These seem to be very jump insensitive, meaning they are very easy to reload with, and they have been giving us exceptional accuracy. This includes various amount of cartridges including 6MM Creedmoor, 6MM Dasher, and 6BR. I have noticed that they are very consistent out to 1000 yards with vertical dispersion. They also have a closed tip from the factory which we have tested and helps to keep the BC consistent out to distance. The closed point does not increase accuracy, just increases consistency. If you are looking for a bullet for chambers sporting .104 free-bore to .187 free-bore, these will suit you really well. This projectile falls into the hardcore match use category and general purpose.
Above is a picture of the 6MM Dasher shot group using the 107 SMK projectile.
Hornady 105 BTHP
This is by far one of the most overlooked bullets on the market. This bullet can be sourced online on some days as cheap as $20.00 for a 100 pack. That means that you can pickup 1000 projectiles for $200.00 on a good day! This leads us to the next point. They are capable of being very accurate, they fly very consistent, and are one of our favorite training day bullets. If you want to get a really good training day in without breaking the bank, you can bet that these will get you to 1000 yards reliably. I would not put these up against a Berger 105 BTHP, but they are also half the cost. These also fair well for general purpose shooting. On most days these are available at places such as Cabela’s. As far as ballistic performance, Applied Ballistics touts a .246 BC which is not always dead on for this bullet. This used to be my wife’s match gun’s bullet for her 6BR and they were dead-on out to 1100 yards at Rock Lake Rifle Range in Eastern Washington. This bullet falls into the training day and general purpose category. You can use them for matches but would recommend using them as a new shooter.
Berger 115 Target VLD
This is arguably the most accurate bullet we have ever used. The Berger 115 Target VLD projectile as it sits is a handy projectile for general purpose, hunting, and PRS. The reason why I believe more folks do not run these is that other options from Berger boast a higher BC. But, if you point this projectile’s open tip, this bullet’s BC jumps a whopping 7% and has been proven to be incredibly accurate and consistent with vertical dispersion at 1000 yards. Applied Ballistics touts a .289 G7 BC from the factory which is no slouch. With the bullet pointed we have been truing BC with these at .311 G7 with a 4-groove Krieger Barrel. A few years back we switched to these for our dedicated PRS bullet of choice and have not looked back. This is also switching from the ridiculously good Berger 109 Hybrid! This bullet seems to be very jump insensitive and capable of really good speeds without failures. The Berger 115 Target VLD falls into the hardcore match use category and Benchrest. I would not use these for practice because they are a touch pricey but generally available everywhere.
BERGER 109 LONG RANGE HYBRID TARGET
The Berger 109 Long Range Hybrid Target (LRHT) is arguably the best 6MM projectile on the market for PRS. These are basically a toss up with the 115 VLD for BC out of the box. The 115 VLD will beat these but only if you point them. For a match ready, hyper consistent bullet, these are the way to go… Minus they are really hard to find currently. This has been a problem for the past two years and when they are available they are always being price gouged. For the folks that shoot box ammo, The Berger factory 6MM Creedmoor with the 109 LRHT, its pretty amazing. Applied Ballistics touts a .292 G7 BC, but we have seen slightly different BC depending on the barrel/cartridge combo. This bullet falls into the Hardcore competition category or Benchrest.
PVA SENECA 95 GRAIN SOLIDS
This bullet is not widely known, and some would think to themselves, “Why would I run such a lightweight bullet for long range shooting?” Hold the phone here folks… this bullet is hyper accurate. I mean unbelievably accurate. We were able to accomplish some Benchrest accurate loads with these right off the bat using a 6MM BRX. Some of the groups we were shooting measured .06” and were able to almost break the rules for PRS velocities which are capped at 3200 FPS using a 6MM BRX! Applied Ballistics recently posted a Doppler verified PDM for these and they came out to be .284 G7 which is roughly were we landed with it. Speed and barrel brand/bore specs can slightly change this. If you can afford these, which they are really expensive, you wont be upset. These are precision machined from a solid piece of copper which is how they achieve such consistency.
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