Originally Posted by gibbscmc
Hey guys, new to the forum. I posted a week or so on a different forum, and got lots of feed back. I want to have a rifle built and I am completely undecided what I want to do. I am an avid deer hunter and this gun will be used for this as well as target.
I know both the 6.5mm x55 swede or the 300 wsm will get the job done, but what would be the best option, for 500 to 600 yards, accuracy, ,, long lasting, less barrel and action where.
I will be going with a model 70 action and have a 300 wsm available at a real good price, practically new. but i like the idea of having something different in the 6.5mm.
I do not reload or have never, but am considering this as well. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
The 300 will probably be the easiest to find ammo for and will do a good job.
I have a 7 WSM and feel that It is slightly better at the longer distance because of the
bullet selection in the weights that perform best in the WSMs. Both the 300 and the 7mm
perform well with 140,150,and 160 grain bullets and the balistics are better in the 7mm
bullets in this weight range. also it has the largest case (More case capacity) of all of the
The use of heavy bullets in the WSMs give up to much velocity so they work better with 140s
and 150s for deer size game and 160 + for Elk size game.
In a light rifle the 7mm WSM does not require a muzzle break and the 300 is a little stiff fo
recoil sensitive people.
I do not know much about the 6.5 WSM and ammo availability but I like the bullets.
There is another WSM that you could consider and it is the 270 WSM.
If you don't reload the 300 would be easier to find ammo for.
If you like the 6.5 I would highly recomend the 260 Remington (A 308 case necked down
to 6.5) this is a great round for deer with 120 and 130gr bullets and has very little recoil
plus ammo is easy to find and much cheaper than the WSMs.
All of the cartriges I have mentioned have there place ane would be good for your needs
so look at balistics,recoil,rifle weight,ammo and you will find the one you are looking for.
I Hope this helps.
J E CUSTOM