Originally Posted by crazyshots
I love to deer hunt and target practice and i need a gun that does both i know a little bit about guns and ammo, i just would like ideas and opinions. or if u have another gun in mind please feel free to tell me i would like a gun that can kill a deer at 600/700 yards and can also drive nails at 1000 yards
Crazyshots, hopefully this will save you alot of time,money and frustration ok.
Take out of this what you want
I have had both of the calibres you are inquiring about, "HAD" being an important word.
Reading into a you little, it seems youre in the same positions I was in a few years back.
Firstly a 6.5-284 is a great round, negative side to them is the barrel life,period!
If you want to get into a punching paper to improve your long range hunting skills,wind reading etc, and then take it out and boom flop a deer the 6.5-284 is not the round you want.
Why, by the time you get really really confident at shooting a deer at 6-700 yrds plus load devlopment, plus range work, you will almost be ready for a new barrel, been there done that.
And for a novice getting into the sport barrel life is a thing you dont want to thinnk about.
300WSM, again a neat calibre, but to get it "shootable" for long periods you will require a muzzle break, alright for a little while but IMHO it gets a little tedious going home after a days shooting dropping Asprin/paracetamol like a junkie to get rid of the "magnum hangover".
Also in a range situation some people will find them offensive "ah that bloody great cannon!!!"
Plus side though, alot of factory ammo,very easy to load for(if you want too),accurate and reasonable barrel life.
So I sold my 300WSM and rebarreled my 6.5-284, to straight 284 Win
Same brass, as 6.5, just neck it up.
Nice to shoot with out muzzle break, wicked accurate, easy to load for, good barrell life and plenty of horse power for a deer at 700 yrds.
ive taken feral goats at 1100 yrds with mine.
There is a reason it is being used so much in F-Class now.
A big must is QUALITY optics, Ive been there done it, I save up a buy Nightforce only, they plain WORK, No BS, no fudging.
In a nutshell, save yourself the anguish and buy quality, it is waaay cheaper in the long run.
Hope this helps