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Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

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Unread 06-10-2012, 06:04 PM
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Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

Am getting older and desire lighter rifle. 6.5 is caliber, but am open as to chamberings. Want to be able to effectively shoot deer at 500 yards. If conditions perfect might try shot at an Elk that far away. 130 and 140 grain bullets.

Rifle alone prefer 6.5lbs weight; is this possible?

Factory rifle suggestions?

Custom barrel for M70 action suggestions?

Chambering suggestion?

thanks

Fred in Boise
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    Yes, can be done and I would do a 6.5-300 wsm to fit that criteria. It is an excellent cartridge that works well in a short barrel light rifle.
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    So, what are your suggestions for getting it done???
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

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    Am getting older and desire lighter rifle. 6.5 is caliber, but am open as to chamberings. Want to be able to effectively shoot deer at 500 yards. If conditions perfect might try shot at an Elk that far away. 130 and 140 grain bullets.

    Rifle alone prefer 6.5lbs weight; is this possible?

    Factory rifle suggestions?

    Custom barrel for M70 action suggestions?

    Chambering suggestion?

    thanks

    Fred in Boise
    A realy good round for what you are looking for is the 6.5x47 Lapua. (Look at the ballistics).

    Very accurate, very little recoil,great brass,fits is any short action,ETc.

    I would use a # 4 or #5 contour 1 in 9 or 1 in 8 twist stainless barrel 22" to 24" long.

    You could go a little lighter on the barrel But I wouldn't.

    Get a good stock and a light weight scope (12 oz to 20oz) and the weight should be fine.

    Just something to think about.

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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    My dad built a 6.5 Sherman last year on a M70 and it's impressive!!! First season with the 6.5 Sherman
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    The 6.5x47 is a real keeper and there are great bullets, the case design is awesome and Lapua makes them. Some say it will shoot anything, they are awesome, even factory ammo shoots 1/2"

    Lots of good barrels, but Broughton would be my choice. Make sure to have them flute it for you, they have a nice treatment system to stress relieve it.
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    Ok heres my take:
    Mcmillan game scout stock with edge fill 26oz
    Pierce titanium action with titanium recoil lug 40% lighter than steel
    1 piece alluminim ringmounts from pierce eng
    Aluminum bdl bottom metal
    Jewel trigger
    benchmark #4 fluted 25" 1-8 twist

    Cartrige would be 6.5x47lapua or 6.5x284 and shoot the 140 or 130 berger and use lapua brass. I would have jim pierce build it and ceracoat it.

    There you go! Expensive but this would be a hell of a cool setup. Jim pierce is a super nice guy you should give him a call.

    Or just buy a tikka t3 in 6.5 x55 swiss
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