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Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

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Unread 08-04-2014, 11:20 PM
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Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

I am wanting to build a long range rifle in 6.5. I would be using this rifle for hunting mostly out to 700 yards, but I would also like to use it for for practice at long ranges a couple of time a month. Having said that I am looking for a 6.5 cartridge that is as close to 3000 fps as possible to retain more down range velocity, but I don't want a cartridge that is a barrel burner either. I am thinking of using either berger vld 140s or hornady a-max 140s. I would mostly best using this for deer and antelope, but could occasionally use it for elk. Would be running a 26" barrel. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Unread 08-04-2014, 11:33 PM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    So many good choices... 6.5-06 has been around and brass is fairly easy to work with. I get 3004 fps with 140 Berger's . The 6.5 SAUM and WSM will also get there no problem. Lots of people like the 6.5X284. It seems to boil down a lot to personal preference. Brass availability should be looked at. Good luck. Bruce
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    Unread 08-05-2014, 05:29 AM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    6.5 SAUM fits the bill.
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    Unread 08-05-2014, 06:59 AM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    6.5 Sherman or 6.5 SS. Shooting a 160 Matrix at 3100 fps+.
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    Unread 08-05-2014, 08:50 AM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    Lapua makes brass for 6.5x284 so that should get a lot of votes. But there is something really sexy about the 6.5wsm
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    Unread 08-05-2014, 09:58 AM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    6.5 SS or .260 AI would be my choices.
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    Unread 08-05-2014, 10:40 AM
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    Re: Looking for a 6.5 cartridge

    I'm on my 2nd 6.5-284 barrel(plus a factory I dumped after 600 rounds) running 140's a little over 3,000. For 700 yards you will have a longer life than 1,000 but if you push hard it will shorten the life. If looking for longevity I would go with the 6.5 x 47 Lapua. And you get Lapua brass !!
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