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Old 02-09-2009, 11:23 AM
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6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

Could someone tell me which would be a better cartridge to go with? I have been hearing a lot and researching the 6.5/284 but recently I had a smith that I use suggest the 6.5/-06 instead of the 284. Just wanted to know if some of you guys have experience with either?
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:51 PM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

They are for the most part, the same thing, but the 6.5-06 is a long action number and a 6.5-.284 is a Short action cartridge. Both have almost the same case capacity. A 6.5-.284 is some what limited to bullet length if in a short action, however if loaded in a long action, it doesn't matter.

The 6.5-06 can have issues with bullet length in a long action, but it's a rare thing.

Load data is interchangeable because they are so similar. If you throw a 6.5-06 Ackley Improved or 6.5 Gibbs you have a diffrent story. They are faster.

As far as accuracy is conserned, that depends on the rifle, the reloaders ability and the nut behind the trigger. Some say that a short action is more accurate, but I've seen some really accurate long actions too.

I've been looking too and I settled on the 6.5-06 AI. It looks fun to me. Should be done by mid May at the latest.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:10 PM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

How about the 6.5x55 Swede.......

Just as easy to load...shoots flat enough and can get same accuracy (repeatability) from the round...

I like to avoid the wild cats but some just cant resist....
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

Both are long action cartridges. I havre owned a 6.5-284 on a short action and would not do it again. Even with 120 class bullets I had to remove the bolt to remove a live cartridge in a 700 action. Both are great cartridges. The 6.5-284 will be easier to load just buy lapua brass and have at it, no fire forming. All depends on what you want to do.
"Fast is fine accurate is final"
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:21 PM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

I guess I should have given a little more information. I am looking for a lighter weight 1000yd rig for hunting deer and smaller game. It will be pretty hard to give up shooting the 300RUM but I am just getting the new gun itch!
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:24 AM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

Years ago, a couple of folks tried the 6.5-06 for 1000-yard matches. After wearing out a few Hart barrels (about 900 rounds each) they quit.

Accuracy with the '06 case necked down to 26 caliber was no better than the original .30-06. Best they could do for 20 to 25 shot groups at 600 was 5 - 7 inches, about 15 inches at 1000. Couldn't keep muzzle velocity spread low enough. With some newer powders made now, who knows?

These days, the 6.5-.284 is winning long range matches. The way to go, it seems.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:57 AM
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Re: 6.5/284 vs. 6.5/-06

There are also other good 6.5 calibers like .260 rem and 6.5x47 Lapua.
Take a look at this shootout:
6.5mm Shootout: .260 Remington vs. 6.5x47 Lapua vs. 6.5 Creedmoor
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