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Old 09-21-2009, 02:57 PM
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Custom Build Questions

I am wanting to build a rifle that will be used for long range deer hunting and sometimes it will be used to shoot at a 1000 yard range. I know I am going to build it on a Savage target action. I am considering a 6.5x284 or a 6.5/06. Which one would be better for me? I know brass would be easier and cheaper to get for the 6.5/06.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:28 PM
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Re: Custom Build Questions

Why choose a Savage target action over the various ones that are out there?

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:25 PM
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Cause I already bought one from my neighbor for $300 and it is brand new.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:54 PM
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My vote would be for the 6.5-06 and I would look at the improved version.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:44 AM
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6.5x284 if you ever think you might sell it. Good brass is readly available in the form of Lapua. Easy to develope good loads. Be sure your barrel has a twist to shoot the heavy bullets. Nothing wrong with the 6.5-06, but lots of 6.5x284's shot in long range competition for some reason.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:02 AM
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Hands down the 6.5x284----there is a reason that we use this in 1k and 600 yd BR. Additionally, in my safe which is full of rifles Speedy has built it is the most accurate Sporter in the safe. True story here----my 12 year old nephew took this 7.2 lb rifle at 100yds and fired two, five shot groups of .4 and .35! Now that was with my competition rest and rear bags with the swivels removed albeit with a different top and absolute perfect set up also with about 1 hour of instruction including dry firing. My brother was not happy about this because it has set his expectations pretty high for the future and he knows that he is going to have to spend some money!!

This was the FIRST time he had ever fired a rifle.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:02 AM
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Just for some reassurance, I plan to make my next build with a Savage target action. I have had the chance to shoot a custom build using this action in a .338 Lapua mag. Very crisp trigger and you can build practically any caliber on this action. I am a short action fan so my vote would go to the 6.5x284. One thing to remember is that both of these chamberings are going to be extremely fast and going to burn barrels. Just a little FYI. I think they will serve you well though. You should be able to get about 3000rnds in the either caliber out of barrel.

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