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Old 08-24-2011, 05:32 PM
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6.5 versus 7mm

I am thinking of building a long range hunting rifle.It would be used on Elk,Mule deer ,antelope,whitetails etc.I am looking at either a 6.5 weatherby or a 7 mm weatherby.In the 6.5 140 gr bullets would be used.In the 7mm 168gr bullets would be used.Which one would you go with and why? I have used the 7mm on game but never the 6.5.How would it do on game the size of elk at long range? Thanks
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:36 PM
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

7mm hands down for Elk
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:01 PM
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

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I am thinking of building a long range hunting rifle.It would be used on Elk,Mule deer ,antelope,whitetails etc.I am looking at either a 6.5 weatherby or a 7 mm weatherby.In the 6.5 140 gr bullets would be used.In the 7mm 168gr bullets would be used.Which one would you go with and why? I have used the 7mm on game but never the 6.5.How would it do on game the size of elk at long range? Thanks
Well I'd avoid the weatherby calibers just because both factory ammo and brass are going to be much higher than with standard calibers.

What is your maximum range?

I'd always go for the heavier 7mm due to better ballistic coefficient in a magnum if you're reaching beyond 750yds.

If not, I'd look to something along the lines of the .260 Rem, .6.5 Rem Mag, or 6.5x284.

Of course I shoot bobcats and coyotes with a 7mm STW and just bought a 300 RUM, but for an everyday plinker/varmint/deer rifle I built an AR LR-260.

I'm comfortable with all of the above out to 1000yds on coyotes and smaller game but limit myself to the 7mm STW and 300Rum for the big stuff at those ranges.

I wouldn't hesitate for a second or think twice though about any of the .264/6.5's for even elk at 750 or less.

Largely what your limits are, will be set by your own skill and confidence levels.
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

800 yards would be the limit and I would like to be a lot closer.
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

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800 yards would be the limit and I would like to be a lot closer.
If you can shoot sub MOA at 800yds, then the 6.5 is adequate.

I left off .264 WM and .264 STW ... Not sure why but both are phenomenal long range 6.5's. Of course the 6.5 STW is a wildcat and you'll spend a considerable bit of time getting your brass right. Both still considerably cheaper to shoot though than the Weatherby.

If you just want to go a little bigger and stay with the 7's and 6.5's the 7mm RUM is certainly worth the look.

If you develop your skills a little then even elk out to 1,200yds wouldn't be at all unreasonable.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:16 PM
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

I have a 6.5-284 with 140s and a 284 for the 168s and 180s, and agree with WILDROSE 100% on all points. It's just opinion but I dislike the magnum cases. My 25 inch 284 will push 180 vlds at 2950fps on 51.5gr powder, why burn 20gr more for 150 fps. The 6.5 does 2970 with 140s and is much more fun to shoot and I can spot hits without a muzzel break; but the 180 vld from the 284 has a LOT more pop past 600 yards.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:41 PM
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Re: 6.5 versus 7mm

Given the 2 choices-the 7mm. I also don't think it matters a great deal all the other things being equal. Some good options pointed out by others.
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