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Unread 02-22-2013, 05:39 PM
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6.5 wsm

Have several(maybe too many) 6.5 projects but what the heck is one more.
I have a 270 WSM and am thinking of rebarreling to a 6.5 WSM
anyone have any experience shooting 140 bergers? What velocities were you getting? How was your barrel life?
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    Unread 02-22-2013, 07:37 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    If you Google 6.5 WSM you will see stories going all the way back to 2003.

    I think the 7mm wsm is a better long range round.

    JM.02
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    Unread 02-22-2013, 08:11 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    Thx
    I agree with you the 7 is better
    That said I have that base well covered.
    So I am still interested in the feedback on the 6.5
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    Unread 02-25-2013, 01:38 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    Anyone out there shoot a 6.5 WSM?
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    Unread 02-28-2013, 02:38 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    I just finished my 6.5 wsm build and am in the process of load development. so far it is really fond of 65.5 h 1000 and a 250 primer, its pushing the 140 berger at 3297 fps out of a 26" pipe. ragged 1 hole 5shot group @100 , gave me a 3shot 1/2 group @ 200, and at 400 it put 5 shots into a 1 1/2" group with 15 mph winds. the Es is 10fps consistantly. very slight cratering of the primer, but I think the head space is just a little long.I have a set of go/no go gauges being delivered today so I will be checking that when I get home. I did shoot it at 825 and 1016 and I have to say that it is the flatest shooting thing I have EVER shot. It only took 17 moa to get to 1016 and 11 moa to 825! they say barrel life is a little short, so I sent mine out and had it melonited, it has 70 rounds thru it and we ran a bore scope down it just to see, It looks like its never had a round thru it, I know 70 isn't that many but we will be keeping a close eye on it to see how well the meloniting works.
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    Unread 02-28-2013, 03:18 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    Sorry to sound so ignorant but why is a 7mm better? Is it the weight and speed? Sectional density?

    For example the 7mm 168 Berger has a bc of .617 and the 6.5mm 140 Berger is .612. Pretty close. I assume the 168 is slower than the 140 but is it fast enough to make up the difference?

    I have been considering 7mm once my 6.5 barrel is done. Was thinking a 7 LRM, but wow 3300 ft with 6.5 seems pretty awesome for LR.

    Anyone, sorry to hijack, I am still learning about all this stuff and there is lot I don't understand yet.
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    Unread 02-28-2013, 03:46 PM
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    Re: 6.5 wsm

    I dont think its better at all, the day I took the 6.5 out and stretched its legs, I also had one of our new 7 mags,it's pushing the 168 @3078 fps the two side by side the 6.5 won hands down! The 7 mag took16 moa to get to 825 and when I was shooting 1016 I held 1 moa left wind on the6.5 and 3 moa on the 7! The 7 does have better barrel life but if this meloniting does what I have heard it does, then that wont be the case anymore. I built the 6.5 for my wife but the more I play with it's the more I want one of my own!
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