Originally Posted by OKIE2
I want to throw in a whole different angle on this thread no one here has mentioned the
264 win mag
6.5 Rem mag
and all three of them will out do your
6.5-06 6.5-06AI or the
If any of you have read P O Ackly's books he himself said the 6.5-06AI is not worth the trouble over the standard 6.5-06.
And one more very good calibers to look at is the 270 wsm with 130 grainers
and the 270AI
If you want speed go with a 25-06AI with 87 grainers at 3920 fps.
it's only 60 fps slower than the 257 weatherby and does it with 10 grains less powder.
I would agree that all of the 6.5's that you mentioned are good options, but am confused as to how the 25-06 A.I. could be a good choice and the 6.5-06 is not worthwhile? If anything, using that logic, the 25 should be even less worthwile than the 6.5 A.I. I think the logic in Ackleys original comments about the 6.5 were based on powder availability at the time. i.e. the larger the case, the smaller the bore and the heavier the bullet, the slower the powder needed to create max velocity. With the availability of much slower powders these days, I think we have a totally different situation and in fact have had great success with the 6.5 A.I. personally. I now have a 6.5 Sherman version which is almost as big a jump over the A.I. as the A.I. was over the std. and I have gained 100+ feet per second over the A.I (my opinion and experience)....Rich
P.S. I once read an article that a "well known expert had written" which stated that the A.I. version actually produced LESS velocity in his test than the std. version. He was loading both with the same powder charge!