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First season with the 6.5 Sherman

 
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:06 AM
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First season with the 6.5 Sherman

I would like to thank all those who take the time and effort to post on the variety of subjects on this site. It is very rare that I ever have a question about something that I can't find an answer to or an opinion on somewhere on this site.
I have been interested in 6.5 caliber cartridges for almost 40 years and read everything I come across about them, but have never owned any.
I had a pre-64 M70 30-06 that I used to shoot alot, but in recent years it sat in the back of the closet. I wanted to do something special with it, but not change it's character much. When I came across Elkoholic's 6.5 Sherman it began to look like a good fot for what i wanted.
This is what I ended up building:
Win pre-64 action
Pac-Nor #5, 3 groove, 8 twist, 26"
CSR mini- muscle brake
Target trigger spring
K-G gunkote-black&titanium
Leupold 4.5-14x40 variX-3
Machine work done by Oldynski Guncrafting Dillon,Mt
Load work up for hunting season consisted of Elkoholic'S load: 63gr Retumbo and 140 Bergers in winchester cases at 3150fps.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:13 AM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

Ya just gotta love the lines on that rig. Love the look and feel of the old Mod 70s.

Looks good....shoots good.....great cartridge and apparently a pretty darn good driver.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:49 AM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

Nice lookin rig!!! I have been thinking about doing the same with one of my Pre-64's. This post convinces me.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

There is alot of attachment to this rifle, My dad bought it when he came home from Korea in I think '52. I had to use the 30-30 when we hunted together, but when I went alone I got to use it. Some wouldn't have touched it, but for me I wanted something to use now and to pass to my boys.
It is alot easier to shoot the rifle than it is to shoot good pictures(gotta work on that)
The 1000yd group was shot in quite a bit of mirage and I don't think I have seen it's best yet.
It was also the first decent load that I've found with H1000. I had some on the shelf for years, but never could find anything it would shoot good in, until I come across a load for the 30-338 win using standard primers. Always used magnums in that rifle so I thought I would give it a try. After working up a load using cci200's I went through all my primers and was really shocked to find that I had been milking the wrong end of the cow. F210's did the best with groups .3 and under. Tried the same thing in the 6.5 Sherman and had the same results with cci-br2's.
I have never been a fan of muzzle brakes of any kind at all until I shot BignGreens 270wsm with a muscle brake on it. Instant convert! all my guns will get them from now on.I just love being able to see the hit though the scope.
I will get some hunting pics up tonight. Those first ones were 3 hrs. work. Cliff
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:20 PM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

Wow Cliff! Looks like the "old gal" is a pretty darn good shooter and good lookin' to boot! You have done a great job and looks like you've done my cartridge proud. Keep in touch and keep us updated......Rich
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:09 PM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

Whats the parent case?
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:46 PM
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Re: First season with the 6.5 Sherman

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Whats the parent case?
270 W. You can also use .280, .280 A.I. or 6.5x65 RWS.........Rich
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