Bill Goad has taken his Farley rifle chambered in 6PPC to countless numbers of matches. He has also changed out dozens of barrels on his rifle as he searches for that one that shoots the best. He set three of his records with Hart barrels but has experimented and used many brands.
Since 2001 Bill has been taking it to competitions and here are just a few of its accomplishments.
2001 Aug 19th Light class 10.5lbs 200 and 300 yard score of 499 and 12 x’s. This was Bills first World Record, but this one has since been retired.
2006, NRA Range Record at the NBRSA match in Raton New Mexico, Heavy Varmint class 100 yard aggregate of .1564 (25 shots). And the next day at 200 the rifle helped him shoot a teen agg. for a combined grand aggregate score of .1789 (50 shots)
In 2008, Bill shot two more records at the Kelbly range in Ohio at the IBS nationals. On Aug 13th he had an aggregate of .1599 (25 shots) at 100 yards, and just two days later on the 15th he and his rifle, in the same class, shot a teen agg. of .1789 (50 shots).
The 6PPC is absolutely Bills favorite cartridge. Bill has been quoted saying with any of his guns, “if its not accurate, I am not interested.” He has with the help of Darrel Loker, created his own flavor of the 6mmPPC he calls the 6PPC Hunter. Bill classifies it as a NB type wildcat and although it does have a little more case capacity, compared to a traditional PPC, this was not the intent. Bills version simplifies the forming process and eliminates those dreaded donuts that can form in the necks of that precious Lapua brass. The Process is simple. First run a mandrel down the neck. Secondly simply neck turn to where it just kisses the new shoulder and then fire form it. The new case has a shoulder just .030in forward of traditional 6mmPPCs.
In a normal 6PPC the best technique Bill has found involves an additional step of pushing the shoulder back first then expand the neck and finishing with neck turning. Bill uses Don Nielson’s ‘Pumpkin’ Neck-Turning System for a .009in finish. Bill likes this thickness for both his standard PPCs and his own 6PPC Hunter.
Bills rifle specifications.
Bill has over a dozen reamers for the PPC with varying amounts of freebore from .050 to .100 and has experimented with all of them in his Farley rifle.
Bill uses custom dies made specifically for each and pushes the shoulder back .0005
Standard 6mm PPC chambering for all his records
21.75in barrel length, Bill typically shot shorter fatter barrels
A stock built by Dwight Scott in cedar with carbon fiber reinforcements
Older vintage Jewel trigger.
Always used a 1:14 twist barrel and has used a 1:13 on it for experiments
68gr flat base bullets by Bart Custom Bullets
Lapua brass exclusively
For powder Bill was able to get some Thunderbird T322 and set most of his records and winnings with it. Thunderbird T322 was also called T32. Walt Berger discovered this powder in the 80s and the stuff was extremely consistent. Bill attributes the consistency to the exact uniformity of the powder and it metered very well. T322 was highly sought after but supplies have now dried up completely. Vihtavuori 133 and Lew Murdica’s LT-32, seam to very closely match the performance of the venerable T322. Today Hodgdon also makes a powder they call XBR8208 and this works well in the 6mm PPC too. Bill says that the old T322 worked perfectly with the 6mm PPC and it was a big contribution to his winning so many records. In conjunction with his Farley rifle the two were a perfect union and performed extremely well over the years and still can today.
Bills has seen some of the barrels on this rifle shoot good, out to as many as 2000 rounds, but has had a few barrels give up accuracy after just 700 rounds. “HOF fellow competitor, Russ Boop set a record with a barrel that had 4000rds on it.” Bill says, “don’t take a barrel off until it stops shooting. Just because the round count is high does not mean in cannot shoot tight groups.” Fast paced matches burn up barrels fast. Several of Bills record groups were set with this gun in just 10 seconds and he has been clocked by a fellow competitor to have discharged 5 record shots down range in 8 seconds. Bill believes though that it has hurt him some by depending on speed and has tried to slow down with occasional use of quick shooting strings. He achieved this fast technique by practicing with his Farley rifle on the kitchen table with a stripped bolt and dummy rounds. Something he highly appreciates his wife for letting him do for many months. Bill says, “It takes a household to make a good shooter.” Bill still uses his speed running technique today but only as one of his many tools in his arsenal of accuracy. “Don’t be dependent on it,” he warns, “because it can come back to bight you for sure.”
Sand bags are really important to getting Bills Farley rifle, or any rifle, to perform at its best. Bill found that his rifle performed the best with black heavy sand in the bottom and standard sands in the ears of the bag and in the front rest.
Bill comes to every match with a very good idea of the load his gun will prefer. He does not do any drastic tuning there at the match. He does however confirm his loads and make small changes at the match before running his record shots. Bill believes that a truly good match winning load is not sensitive to minute changes in muzzle velocity. “If you are coming to a match with a gun where 1/10th of a grain, changes your accuracy node, you have already lost” says Bill. In Darrels shooting tunnel Bill found that a truly good load and set of components will not change point of impact even if -+.5gr is changed in his Farley rifle. He tested this in the tunnel and all the bullets went into the same hole at 100 yards. Bill advises shooters to find the widest most consistent accuracy node. He says ,“You are better off shooting a load that gets consistent .160s and .220 rather then try to shoot with a load that throws an occasional .040 but then puts an ugly .500 on paper.”
Bill always carries a back up rifle and barrel to matches. He can change a barrel in less than 2 minutes. Bill also prefers going to matches with low round count barrels on his Farley rifle. He believes this helps with copper fowling issues that can be troublesome.
Bullet making is something that Bill experimented with too and did some of his early matches with them and his rifle, but has stopped doing it because he lacks the time and the quality of Bart’s bullets is second to none. Bill says “I wanted to become a student of the bullet making process so I could better understand what makes them work. The rifle shoots my own bullets and Bart’s bullets just as good and I have set three of my world records with the Bart bullets.”
Gathering the perfect components is the key to winning. “Its like a components race” says Bill. “You have to find the most perfectly uniform lot of powder that matches that perfect lot of bullets, perfectly uniform primers and a perfect barrel. Then assemble all of those components with an already tried and true stock, trigger and action to make the perfect match winning system.” That is how it is done, with a system. In IBS and NBRSA the tolerance levels for error are so tight that every part of the rifle and its system must be perfect. Bill has a very accurate stock that tracks true and a receiver that has never let him down. That is the foundation of his Farley rifle. For the future of his rifle and more match winning records to come, it all just comes down to finding that lot of powder that is just right and that barrel that has the most perfectly consistent steel.
In the mental game Bill found that confidence in his rifle was key to keeping a cool head when things go bad. Bill often tells himself when things get stressful; “every shot makes someone happy, let’s just make me happy.”
He also checks the Wailing Wall. Knowing where he is in the rankings doesn’t hurt his mental game and it is a great too to see other groups being shot during certain range conditions as the day progresses. Bill noted that some shooters if they get a bad string will change their load drastically but Bill always checks the Wailing Wall first to see if others had a similarly big group during the same condition. That way he can confirm if his rifle is not favoring that load or if it was just the range conditions.
Bill does throw by volume for his rifle. He found that the larger and heavier powder throwers seams to do the best. “Something about the extra weight seams to make them more consistent,” says Bill. He does still check his charges using a scale at each range just to confirm that it is throwing what he wants it too. Bill does not believe in tapping or banging the handle against the stops and found the best consistency with simple smooth movements.
Today Bill Goad keeps busy between matches by teaching handloading and shooting schools. He also makes rifles for the majority of his living and is a full time custom rifle maker. Bill’s old Farley has tens of thousands of rounds through it and he has since put together a Kelbly’s Panda action chambered in his new 6PPC Hunter. The new action placed him in the top 20s in all four classes at the 2015 Supper Shoot in Ohio. Premieraccuracy.com