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6.5-06 Ackley Help!

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Unread 01-31-2009, 09:40 AM
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6.5-06 Ackley Help!

Guys I am considering building a 6.5-06 Ackley using a 140gr VLD. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this round. I was first considering a 6.5-08 Ackley or a 6.5X284 but after reading an article by John Bareness on the E.R Shaw Mk-VII 6.5-06 it really sparked an interest in building a 6.5-06 Ackley.

I tried to do a search but is does not like "6.5-06" or 6.5-06 Ackley.

Thanks for your Help
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Unread 01-31-2009, 11:18 AM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

Hot 6mm's were just discussed on the hot 6mm thred and best long range coyte rifles. Look at those threads and the 240 gibbs also which is a blown out '06 case and gets higher velocities. My accuracy loads in the 6mm-06 imp ran around 3250 fps. I din't know what anyone else is getting.
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Unread 01-31-2009, 12:10 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

great round easy to load for, re-22 seems to be the powder for the 6.5's on the '06 case.

just prime 25/06 cases, charge with a moderate 6.5/06 charge, seat a bullet and fire, fireforming is done.
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Unread 01-31-2009, 12:39 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

Sounds like you are having fun chosing a new cartridge. Do you have specific performance goals in mind?

The reason I ask is because I built a 260 last summer which I have been doing load development for and I am finding that it is a great cartridge.

It is not as fast as a 6.5-06, 6.5-06AI or 6.5-284, but the maybe 100 fps you give up in speed you gain in barrel life. You can still get 2800 to 2900 fps with a 140 Berger and a 26 inch barrel from a 260, which is still pretty good.

Just something to consider ...
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Unread 01-31-2009, 05:59 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

Long Time Long Ranger,
I have been a long time member/lurker and I am not sure if I am using the search criteria properly? I did a search for “6mm” thread and “best long range coyote rifles” and I am coming back with nothing? How far back are the threads and what heading are they under? What bullet were you using in your 6mm-06 IMP?

How long is your barrel?

I have a few long action guns I could have rebarreled to the 6.5-06 Ackley. I did look at the 260rem but did not think you could achieve that speed with a 140geVLD.
I have just gained assess to a farm I will be able to shoot 800 to 1000ydsJ I was looking for something to shoot coyotes and maybe deer.

Again, Thanks for your Help
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Unread 01-31-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

The Hot 6mm thread is in the bullets, barrels, and ballistics forum. I compared the 240 Gibbs and 264 Gibbs, and with 115 grain DTACS, the 6mm beats the 264 pretty good.
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Unread 01-31-2009, 07:36 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley Help!

Harpy I am going to build a 6.5-06 AI on a savage action for next deer season. I plan to hunt with the 130 grain scirroccos or bergers. I am planning a 28" heavy sporter barrel and hope to get 3300 fps. My Nosler manual lists RL22 and N560 as highest velocity loads for the standard 6.5-06 but I plan on giving RL25 a try because the case still has a lot of room with those powders.

I was planning on the 6.5-284 but I understand it will not feed well from the Savage action designed for the 06 case.
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