Shilen 6.5 Creedmoor Build

Mark T Shilen Build

Mark T. From Colorado reached out regarding his recent Northland Shooters Supply build. Mark purchased the following items from Northland.

  • 30” Shilen 6.5 Creedmoor in a Bull contour
  • NSS precision ground recoil lug
  • NSS squared and trued barrel nut
  • NSS action wrench
  • NSS 4” barrel nut wrench
  • Forster 6.5 Creedmoor go and no-go gauges

Mark had the following to say about his build.

“Here is the load data that I’m using:

  • Hornady Brass trimed @1.912
  • Ogive seat @ 2.238
  • H4350@ 40.0 gn
  • Headspace @ 1.553
  • Seated neck @ .290 /.002 neck tension 
  • Berger Hybrid Target 140 gn 
  • CCI large Rifle primers 

I use Redding Nation Match dies and am seeing no more than .001 runout pretty much every round. Having never picked up a rifle in my life till 3 years ago and only just learning how to hand load I have very limited experience.

I Got the barrel installed and broke in. I now have 50 rounds shot and just wanted to share this picture and say thanks for the help in making this a pleasant experience. I’ve only had the rifle out to 500 yards but so far I’m very pleased. This picture was at 200 yards and a 5 shot group.”

Thanks for the message Mark and happy shooting!