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Re barrel

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June 11, 2018, 11:05 AM
Re barrel
I need some advice. I have an XP 100, it`s time to go from 7BR to 6BR.
I shoot 100 yard benchrest with it. I will be shooting the 67 gr. or so flat base type bullets. Berger, Bart`s, ext.
It will have a 14" to 16" barrel.

What twist rate do I need?
The twist rate charts recommend 13 to 14 twist. But that's are rifles, not short barrel XP`s.
I am needing BR accuracy.

Please, only advice from those whose guns will shoot in the 1`s & 2`s.
Those are the folks that understand what it takes.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
June 11, 2018, 02:21 PM
I would go on the faster side. Probably the 13.
June 11, 2018, 03:33 PM
It would depend on what weight bullets you plan on shooting. If you plan on shooting 50-52-53 grain bullets then I think you will like a 1-14 twist, that's the one most 6mm BR shooters use with that weight bullets for bench rest shooting.

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June 11, 2018, 04:48 PM
Roger Davis
My last XP100 benchrest had a 16 inch 1-14 twist barrel in 6br. I tried every size bullet and could not get it to stabilize. I key-holed a lot of rounds at 100 yards. Talked to several benchrest shooters on several different forums and was pretty much told the same thing. The twist rate for the barrel length was to slow. The 8 or 9 twist rate was recommended. I sold that Xp100 a long while back to a guy who re-barreled it in 6x47 with a 18 inch barrel. Heard he was very happy with the results. My next benchrest Xp100 will be chambered in 6.5x47. I hear and see alot of good results from this round. Good luck. Roger.

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June 11, 2018, 05:40 PM
The twist rate charts recommend 13 to 14 twist. But that's are rifles, not short barrel XP`s.

You will need a faster twist than that suggested for rifles as you won't reach rifle velocity with a pistol length barrel.

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June 11, 2018, 06:03 PM
I don't have any experience in BR shooting so I'm not questioning your decision, I know it's a different bolt face but was wondering why a 6BR instead of 6PPC?
June 11, 2018, 07:27 PM
They are using 13-14t with 21-23" 6ppc and doing just fine. He is talking about going to a bigger case. I'd bet his speeds aren't much if any behind the ppc rifles. I also think it'll stabilize them in a 14t but recommede d the 13 just in case. Going to an 8t is just silly. That 100% will stabilize 105gr old bullets in a 6br with a 14" tube. No way you need anywhere near that twist to stabilize a puny 67gr.

June 11, 2018, 09:43 PM
67 is at the edge of 1/14, so technically 1/13 is better
I have shot 1/14 for 25 years
I prefer 1/14 twist barrels so I shoot 65 Berger column bullets
1/14 are easy to get, I just cut old rifle barrels to make pistol barrels,
use the part in the middle, it has plenty of life
All I shoot is BR

June 11, 2018, 09:45 PM
As long as possible, It does help accuracy
I Would not consider 14 inches

June 13, 2018, 03:15 PM
Again I'm not a BR shooter but my Hart 1-in-12 twist 6 BR shoots 70 grain bullets at 300 yards into a group smaller than 2 inches. My best group at 300 was 5/8 of an inch. No key-holing either. Just my 2 cents worth.