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Old 08-31-2002, 09:21 AM
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Re: Long Range \'Lite\'

I have a lot of experience with a very similar round to the 6.5-284.
It seems funny that people are trying to recreate the ballistics of the 6.5 Rem Mag of yester year. This caliber was villified by folks who were not ready for it. I have 2. In the Rem 660 the 2.825" Magazine box does cause deep seating of 140 grain bullets but a 6.5 bullet really doesn't take up much powder space. The 20" barrel limits velocities but I have killed caribou to 400 yards with this little sweetie. This thing packs like a Win 94 and makes shooting at 300+ yards a breeze! The 6.5-284 just about duplicates the performance of this round . I have the short action Ruger flat bolt in 6.5 Rem Mag. It allows seating to 2.9" and handles the 140 grain bullets a bit better.
This little rifle has a 22" barrel and shoots 129 grain Hornady's into 2" groups at 300 yards from the factory barrel. I have an old Redfield accurange type sciope that matches the drop to 50o yards that I have practiced for and have got several caribou past the 400 yard mark... In fact my last caribou from Baffin Island was a 474 yard instant kill. this was a laser range finder
shot with a witness. Not bad for a 7 pound gun with near carbine shortness. I have another Ruger short action magnum presently in a 416-350 Rem Mag that I have considered rebarelling to 6.5 Rem Mag with a heavy 27 inch tube. I have found like Jack O'Conner and his 270 that a 120-140 grain bullet started out at over 3000 ft/sec is a pretty good concept. Shoots flat, kills well and has low recoil to improve shooting. Good luck with the 6.5-284. I think this is a very sound concept.
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Old 08-31-2002, 03:30 PM
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Re: Long Range \'Lite\'

Greetings,
I feel the same way you do. I prefer the lightest caliber I can get away with. My 6.5-284 has a 8.5 twist barrel that is 29 inches from muzzle to shoulder. With 55 grains of H4831SC and a 140VLD, the velocity is around 3,100fps and that load shows no pressure signs at all. I could actually go faster. The bullet used, has a BC of .620 and pushed at 3,100 fps has 920 ft. lbs. of energy at 1,000 yards. On top of that, it is superbly accurate and very easy to load for. Just get some Norma, lapua, or hornady brass and stuff a bullet in. The recoil is virtually non-existant with this round which makes it ideal for hunting. The idea of a muzzlebrake on a hunting rifle just doesn't sit well with me.
This would be a good option for you although there have been many other good suggestions as well. There sure are a lot of different guns and calibers a guy can have fun with. Too bad I'm on a limited budget!
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