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    Bergara 14-HMR?

    Had a chance to hold one of these the other day. What a nice feeling rifle. The stock reminded me of a magpul and the trigger break at 2 lbs was amazing.

    suppose to be targeted to the hunter and bench shooter as an all in one rifle at 9.5 lbs.

    anyone have one of these?

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    Had one in 6.5 Creedmoor...barrel is a bit slow on velocity at the given 22” length (I had a 18” 6.5 Creedmoor that shot just as fast with the same lot ammo), but it was a good shooter with a decent factory trigger and represents the way a factory 700 action should have evolved.

    Very good value in a factory rifle that will be used for paper/steel targets and hunting. Wish they’d make a 18-20” 223 Wylde with 1:7 barrel...

    There’s an 18” HMR on Gunbroker made from an HMR mini-chassis and a Ridge SP barreled action and allegedly will be a factory option in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avboiler11 View Post
    Had one in 6.5 Creedmoor...barrel is a bit slow on velocity at the given 22” length (I had a 18” 6.5 Creedmoor that shot just as fast with the same lot ammo), but it was a good shooter with a decent factory trigger and represents the way a factory 700 action should have evolved.

    Very good value in a factory rifle that will be used for paper/steel targets and hunting. Wish they’d make a 18-20” 223 Wylde with 1:7 barrel...

    There’s an 18” HMR on Gunbroker made from an HMR mini-chassis and a Ridge SP barreled action and allegedly will be a factory option in the near future.
    Explain to me the logic on the slowness of velocity. I get that there is a specific muzzle velocity for different lengths and ammo. I am just curious for which application the slowness factor is a big issue. I don't have much knowledge in this area. Are we talking 1000 yards out for long range shooting?

    I would probably hunt deer and elk at the biggest with the 6.5 Creed and maybe shoot steel out to 500 tops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clfergus View Post
    Explain to me the logic on the slowness of velocity.
    IIRC, factory Hornady 140gr ammo (Amax Match, ELD-M, American Gunner, BLACK) was in the ballpark of 2650fps from my 22" HMR; I had a 18" Criterion barrel on a Remington 700 action and got similar velocity.

    The reality, however, is 100fps makes absolutely zero distance for hunting or banging steel with a 6.5 Creedmoor inside 500 yards. Beyond that, you'll notice increased drop and wind drift, but still be doing better than most any 308.

    TL;DR - I wouldn't worry about it for your uses.
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    When I first saw the title, I thought "Hornady Magnum Rimfire" and wondered about the new round. Then I looked it up and found "Hunting/Match Rifle. REALLY! Sorry if I am easily confused.

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    I use one with 22 inch barrel for high power rifle silhouette, an offhand match from 200-500 meters. As said, good balance, good trigger, good accuracy. It is designed to shoot MOA or better with handloads, not 1/4 inch groups. I expect to take deer with mine next month. Beanfield & cornfield shots from a rest in a ground blind should be easy.


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