June 4th, 2007

AI AW 6.5×47 Tactical Rifle Rocks…

Does the new 6.5×47 Lapua cartridge work in a Tactical Rifle? You better believe it…

6.5x47 Lapua Tactical Rifle

Zak Smith, our project tester, has been doing load development for the past few weeks. The rifle is an Accuracy International AI AW with custom Steve Satern 25″ fluted barrel, smithed by George Gardner at GA Precision. Zak had some nice conditions at his local range, and tried out one of the more promising loads with Reloader 15 and Berger 130gr VLD bullets, seated OFF the lands, fed from his DBM (detachable box magazine). Shooting from rucksack and sandbags (to simulate actual Tactical match conditions), this load drilled three-shot groups in the ONEs. The photo above shows an 0.182″ group at 100 yards. That’s right–three shots in well under 1/4 MOA off a rucksack! Zak has another 6.5×47 Lapua load with Lapua Scenar 139s and Vihtavuori N550 that shoots just as tight. Stay tuned for project updates.

Accuracy Int'l 6.5x47 Lapua

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