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Unread 12-20-2008, 08:05 PM
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Re: Help with 6.5

I know about the barrel burner loads but here is my theroy on a hunting rifle. Lets say we have the ultimate gun built giving the high numbers but a 700 round barrel life. We start by fireforming 60 case and do barrel break in as we go. Then it takes us 60 rounds to find best load. = 120 so far. For the next 25 years we take 5 shots to sight in for hunting season, now were going to be at 245 rounds. That is going to allow us to shoot at 455 deer, elk, sheep, or what have you. I'll take a barrel burner and shoot the hot pills any day.
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Unread 12-20-2008, 08:33 PM
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Re: Help with 6.5

It really depends how much gain you wish in Velocity. The barrel you have can be re-chambered to 6.5 X 06 for a couple hundred more feet per second. You will have a single shot though.

Pretty much limited to the Short mag or 284 case and again the short mag will take some alteration to fit and be used as a repeater. SO clean and simple 6.5 X 284.

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Unread 12-20-2008, 08:47 PM
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Yes im favoring the 284, strong case. I was just looking for others with it using the 100 gr. bt in a 22" barrel to see how much vel they was getting. Most items i read guys was using heavier bullets and 28 + " barrel length. Also wondering if anyone uses the 6.5 for elk.
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Unread 12-20-2008, 09:21 PM
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Re: Help with 6.5

Originally Posted by silvertip-co View Post
The longer the barrel the heavier it will be to carry, unless you're building a LRH rifle. I was never a 18" barrel fan but the do kill game effectively, and scientifically theres very little noticeable difference between an 18" barrel and a 22" barrel(velocity wise). May I suggest the 22" barrel for your sheep rifle to keep the weight down. A Hart or Lilja ought to work fine and give you excellent accuracy. And good luck, let us know how it works out. I think the 260 Rem, the 6.5-284 Norma, and the 284 Win are finally achieving the success they so richly deserve as short action LRH ctgs, we just need to get the factories to put out some rifles for us in them 3 cals to keep the costs down.
The 22" barrel should pick up between 100 and 200 ft/sec over the 18".

The 308 based cases seem to top out arround 20 to 22" of barrel, longer doesent
get you much ( You reach the point of diminishing returns ) unless your shooting
heavy bullets.

A 20 0r 22" # 5 contour Lilja will fit the stock with very little work and add maby 1/2
of a pound to the model 7 and it will be a lot stiffer ( More accurate ).

I have a 7/08 mod 7 in a 20" lilja and it pushes the 120 gr blistic tip 3150 , normal hunting
load is 3010 ft/sec with the 120gr blist,tip. When it had a 18.5" barrel velocity with the
same hunting load was just over 2800 ft/sec. so placing a custom 20" barrel improved
velocity buy 200 ft/sec.

Just my 2 cents
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Unread 12-21-2008, 12:23 AM
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Re: Help with 6.5

My 12yr old son shot his 1st elk this year w/ his 6.5-06 at 375yrds. Loaded w/ 130g Sciroccos at 2950fps. Shot through the heavy shoulder bone going in, took out the front of the lungs, and broke the shoulder bone on the off side. Found the bullet in the meat when we butchered. Bullet retained 82% of it's weight. Needless to say I was very impressed, this was a great big old cow, they don't get any bigger.

Perhaps tomorrow I will try and post the trip and pics again and see if I can get it to work on a different thread.

Good luck w/ your 6.5

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Unread 12-21-2008, 01:44 AM
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Re: Help with 6.5

I shoot a .260AI out of a 24" barrel and can push 140gr SST's and 142gr MK's to 2875fps. 130gr Bergers hit 2980fps with no pressure signs. I wouldn't hesitate to use this rifle on elk and moose.
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:47 AM
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Re: Help with 6.5

I've got a specialty pistol with a 18" barrel in 6.5x284 and am very pleased. Using the 140 amax and 140 berger it has killed antelope at 490, 375 250 and 220 yards, all died without taking another step. I've killed a few whitetails here in Wisconsin and am very pleased with closer performance too. As long as you put the bullet in the right place it seems to do the trick.
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