Re: 6.5-284 for deer hunting
Welcome to the LRH forum. I have been immensely intrigued with the 6.5mm cartridges for quite sometime myself, and am hoping to begin building one for myself by spring. I have done a lot of research on the various 6.5ís and have come to the conclusion that for deer size game at 500 yards, the 6.5ís have a lot to offer; great selection of bullets, proven accuracy and reasonable recoil. 6.5 bullets have long been known for their high ballistic coefficients and sectional densities which should result in first-rate performance and killing power. There are a lot of wiser, more experienced long-range hunters on this forum that may offer you their opinions for a few better cartridges, but the 6.5 x .284 should be near the top of the list.
Best of luck with your rifle,