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6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

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Unread 03-02-2011, 12:30 AM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

I have shot with both and have studied both pretty well. I will take the 300 RUM any day of the week.

I currently run a 300RUM shooting 200 Grain accubonds at a mild 3050FPS. It is very hard for a 6.5-284 to keep up with that. Actually it can't!!!

If you are shooting small animals than the 6.5 will do fine but if you are shooting bigger animals or want some energy downrange than the 300RUM is the clear choice.

Accuracy should not really matter if you are using top quality components. Either will shoot very well.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 12:43 AM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

My definition of practical and everybody elses definition of practical will be very different. That said, 'paper ballistics' are great. Both calibers offer awesome paper ballistics in their own right. From a practical standpoint (at least my definition of it) they both suck. IMHO paper ballistics and practicality hardly ever go hand in hand. Then again, I normally shoot 1000-3000 rounds in a given year. I would be replacing 1-3 barrels per year with those 'ballistically superior' cartridges.

From a 'match' standpoint, the 6.5x284 is the ticket between the two. From a 1000+ yard big game killing standpoint, the 300RUM is the ticket between the two. At least in my opinion.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

Thanks for all the responses. I sure have enjoyed this website over the years, guess i am really on board now.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 10:03 AM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

I think JE, JC, Michael and others pretty much summed it up for you. First, there is no comparison between these two cartridges. Between these two, If I was a target shooter I would choose the 6.5-284. For hunting it is hands down the 300 RUM. Both can be equally good at targets there is just no need for using the big 300 RUM to just punch paper. For hunting there is no comparison. The 300 RUM is far and beyond the better hunting rifle. It can do things in a hunting situation far beyond the little 6.5-284. There is really nothing to argue here. There is just no comparison.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 01:32 PM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

Originally Posted by J E Custom View Post
They are totally different cartriges and comparing them is like apples and oranges.

They are both great cartriges and the accuracy is equal at there max distance.

The 300 RUM has a large advantage at longer distances but it also has more recoil.

It is like comparing the 300 RUM to the 50 BMG at extreme ranges.

All I can say is If we started shooting at each other at 2000 yards and worked closer
I would want the 300 RUM.

Bigger is truly better at long distance but at medium distance there is not much of
an advantage.

So the argument goes on.

Very well put and I have both. Compete with the 6.5x284 and have a sporter as well. The RUM is an improved type we call the 300 Slowpoke but for hunting at 1K hands down the big boy. For shooting steel or varmints at 1K the 6.5x284 hands down..

All of the rifles mentioned were built by Speedy including the dies and all brass is prepared the same way. VERY tough to beat the energy of the big .30 pills!!!!!
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Unread 03-02-2011, 02:19 PM
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Re: 6.5 X284 vs 300 ultra

Can't add much to whats been posted. For me, recoil figures into the equation heavily. A cartridge that will launch a 6.5 140gr in the 3000fps neighborhood is very easy to shoot in a 9# or 10# finished rifle for me and a very effective killer. In order to shoot a big 30 and have a similar BC it requires more recoil than I care for. A break solves that, but I'm bad about getting ear protection on when hunting and they require some thought when setting up a spotter due to muzzle blast.

My preference is splitting the difference with a 180gr 7mm at just under 3000fps. My guess is that if you each built the one of your choice, the end result would be a whole bunch of fun from both guns.
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