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Old 05-16-2012, 11:17 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

If it helps any, I shot a moose in BC two years ago with my 6.5x270 using 138grain TSX. I let my brother use my 30-06 and was afraid that I was under gunned, but the bullit caught the tip of the liver went thru both lungs and out the opposite shoulder. The moose ran less than 30yards and was dead when he hit the ground. I had a 338 win mag but like you, I don't seem to shoot it well. Take them both, but hunt with the one you shoot the best.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:57 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

We all know the 338 has taken far more elk than the 6.5
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:37 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

Much as I enjoy promoting the 6.5's, and my new 270 WSM that will shoot right along with my favorite round the 7 Rem Mag, I have a lot of experience with bigger magnums and they are stompers. I almost chose a .338 RUM over this WSM, but decided I really don't need that much gun. It would have been great for thousand yard elk, but my guns have evolved into relatively fast, moderate caliber rounds that I shoot a lot of varmints with, and an elk or two every year. I would not think twice about shooting a mature bull at 750, or even 1K with my rifles, given all the right conditions, starting with a broadside shot. Quartering shots, 4-500 yards, no problem, unless it's an extreme quartering shot, but I never took those shots even with the big magnums. It just did not seem like a shot I wanted to take, and I really don't like shooting an animal in a way that's going to ruin a lot meat.
Those bigger magnums are awesomely powerful though, no arguing that.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

Well, just got back from Utah. It wasn't much of a decision after my 338 continued to shoot random fliers. Pillared, floated, etc etc by Hill Country Rifles. Gotta be the scope or the barrel?

Anyway, took the 6.5x284 shooting bergers (Gunwerks rifle). Long story short, the last day of the season had me within 752 yds of a 365 bull. Problem was I wasn't getting any closer. I laid down in a very uncomfortable position. I dry fired a few times at some cows. When the bull appeared, I let it fly. He went down within 10 yds. Now, I'm not saying that it is a better caliber for elk than the 338. But I'll say that I was absolutely IMPRESSED!!! Bull went down much quicker than my bull last year that was hit twice in the same area with the 225 grain tsx. Oh no, did I just start a bullet war also?. Almost forgot, there was an exit wound on the offside shoulder. I was surprised by that as the bull was huge! Sorry, I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet. I texted Len....maybe he can post it up IF he has time.

Good hunting and good shooting to all!

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:50 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

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Well, just got back from Utah. It wasn't much of a decision after my 338 continued to shoot random fliers. Pillared, floated, etc etc by Hill Country Rifles. Gotta be the scope or the barrel?

Anyway, took the 6.5x284 shooting bergers (Gunwerks rifle). Long story short, the last day of the season had me within 752 yds of a 365 bull. Problem was I wasn't getting any closer. I laid down in a very uncomfortable position. I dry fired a few times at some cows. When the bull appeared, I let it fly. He went down within 10 yds. Now, I'm not saying that it is a better caliber for elk than the 338. But I'll say that I was absolutely IMPRESSED!!! Bull went down much quicker than my bull last year that was hit twice in the same area with the 225 grain tsx. Oh no, did I just start a bullet war also?. Almost forgot, there was an exit wound on the offside shoulder. I was surprised by that as the bull was huge! Sorry, I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet. I texted Len....maybe he can post it up IF he has time.

Good hunting and good shooting to all!
93trojan
Congratulations on a nice elk and a great shot. Looks like another 6.5x284 fan!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:02 PM
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Re: 6.5x284 or 338 win mag?

A big congratulations friend.

Your story mirrors what I have seen over many years of hunting elk and guiding elk hunters; you don't need a fire-breathing magnum to kill elk, you just need to shoot well.
Your story also mirrors many others, and all those hunters I have spoken with first-hand, who have used these bullets.
They are just wicked accurate in the two rifles I am shooting them with, and I hope to see for myself just how well they work this fall.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:11 PM
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Anyway, took the 6.5x284 shooting bergers (Gunwerks rifle). Long story short, the last day of the season had me within 752 yds of a 365 bull. Problem was I wasn't getting any closer. I laid down in a very uncomfortable position. I dry fired a few times at some cows. When the bull appeared, I let it fly. He went down within 10 yds.

Good hunting and good shooting to all!

93trojan
Good shooting and congratulations.
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