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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:51 AM
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264 mag vs 6.5x284

I tried searching for this but nothing was coming up. I think there may be something wrong with the way I'm searching.
Anyway, I was dead set on the 6.5 but then someone mentioned that I would get the same bullet availability and better ballistics with the .264.
Any opinions???
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    Unread 08-09-2010, 12:55 PM
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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    you can get a factory remington sendero in 264; in order to have a 6.5-284 you have to rebarrel a 25-06. the 264 does give more velocity. the 6.5 bullets really have sucha high bc the the higher velocity is not necessary. both rounds are great.
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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    You can buy a 6.5x284 through Savage. You'll probably get a few more hundred rounds through the 284/

    Savage Arms Firearms > 111 Long Range Hunter

    Savage Arms Firearms > 12 Bench Rest

    These would be my options. If you are benching or very short walks, the bench gun would work nicely. The LRH111 would be the way to go for a carry gun.

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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    Sendero,264 mag is best with 120-130 grain bullets. Lots of loads for this. use slower powders RE 25 etc. You can shoot 140s but they really need a 8.5 twist or faster. 9 twist in Sendero not optimal. Get a Sendero. you will not be unhappy.
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    Unread 08-10-2010, 07:16 AM
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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    I really like the Savage but I can't seem to find the 111 LRH model. I think it will be on back order for a while. I did find an interesting article by Chuck Hawks that compared the 284 to the 6.5 rem.

    He basically was stating that for hunting the Remington cartridge was better due to reliable feeding and for single feeding on the bench the 284 would be better. I guess due to a sharper shoulder the feed would not be as smooth?

    Anyone shoot both of these?
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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    I have both. I use the 264 win mag for hunting big game (deadly with low recoil) and the 6.5/284 for target/varmint shooting. Ruger and Remington have made 264 win mag sporters within the last 2 years and they are easy to find new on gunbroker. The 6.5/284 heavy barrel target Savage looks like the ticket for a factory gun in this caliber. I had my 6.5/284 made up before you could buy an off the shelf rifle. Love both cartridges for their intended uses. I think you'll be happy with either one.
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    Unread 08-10-2010, 08:10 AM
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    Re: 264 mag vs 6.5x284

    Both Ruger and Remington list their rifles with 1-9" twist. Will that be fast enough to stabilize a 140 grain bullet?
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