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02-26-2013, 12:01 PM
I have ordered a new barrel for my 6.5x284 Norma. I need to decide on the throat length. I do not shoot the longer Berger VLD or the 142 SMK. I only shoot the 140 SMK and I am thinking that 3.000" OAL on the throat should be the right length. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

02-26-2013, 02:23 PM
Dave Kiff's suggests that you seat the bullet you intend to shoot .050 above the neck/shoulder junction as a dummy round and

send it to the reamer maker. I would guess that he means from the base of the boatail. I am sure someone with a 6.5X284

can give you a better answer. Give Dave Kiff a call and he will have the answers.

03-03-2013, 09:19 PM
Here is the info from Kiff.

When a customer calls, I ask what brass he will be using and what bullet he plans to shoot. I can usually spec the right throat length and headspace based on this information alone, but it is best if he sends a dummy round with a bullet seated exactly where he wants it--for example with the top of the boat-tail .050" above the neck-shoulder junction. I measure the dummy round off the ogive with a 100-power Deltronic comparator, inspect for concentricity and gauge the headspace. Then I prepare a print for the job right away. The completed reamer is usually ready in two to six weeks.