Steel_Talons ................ now that
I can relate to !!
Just so long as you've chosen the right steel and nailed your heat treat
In regards to your 6mm reload data question. I've had a M77 in 6mm for years. Without a doubt, it's one of my favorites, and a tack driver to say the least.
IMHO, the 6mm is an excellent
multi-task caliber. My primary use has been a lightweight, low recoil, flat shooting rifle for still hunting Whitetails.
And I've taken many a Whitetail Buck using her
The below reload data reflects a heavier projectile than has previously been mentioned in this thread. It's worked really well for me over the years.
However, as the saying goes................. YMMV
The reload data :
- 100 grain Speer Grand Slams
, a jacketed soft point projectile
- CCI #200 Lg. Rifle Primers
- 36-1/2 grains of IMR 4895
One thing that has been consistent with this load is the fact that on Whitetails, I've never, not once
, had an exit wound. I've slipped the 100 grain projectile both between ribs and through them. Either way, there's no exit wound and the Buck never moves more than 30-40 yards from the shot position.
More than once I've witnessed them do nothing more than twitch, not even realizing they've been hit, only to take a few steps and fall over dead.
Being a still hunter my shots can be anywhere from 30 yards to 200+.
That twitch I've witnessed has usually been on the longer shots.
I'm assuming because the report, being far enough away, is not scaring the living daylights out of them where they might run ??? Just a hypothesis.
Upon field dressing, any vital organ behind the diaphragm is, for the most part, mush. The results of the expansion is a scary thing to witness.
That's all I've got for ya Steel_Talon. Since you didn't mention what your intended target is, I can only give you what my experience has been.
FWIW, I love
my 6mm M77 !!