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Unread 06-12-2012, 12:45 AM
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Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

I do not have the reamer specs but I can mic it and give you any measurement you want. I just set up two over the weekend trying some new powders and bullets that were not around years ago when I built them. You can't get any more out of the 280 case unless you end up with a Gibbs short neck. I am sure they would both be very close performance wise.
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

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    I do not have the reamer specs but I can mic it and give you any measurement you want. I just set up two over the weekend trying some new powders and bullets that were not around years ago when I built them. You can't get any more out of the 280 case unless you end up with a Gibbs short neck. I am sure they would both be very close performance wise.
    I'm sure they are pretty close. The reason I wondered was I gain some over other cases because I have less body taper and a 40 degree shoulder. What powders are you trying? I really want to get my hands on some RL33 but can't find any yet....rich
    p.s. the diameter at the shoulder of my case is .460"
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    The JRS is 2.164" to the shoulder, 2.267" to the neck and the shoulder diameter is .456". Magpro powder was doing very well over the weekend with a 162 Amax. I think this cartridge in a 6.5 would be very close to yours. If he is considering a long action yours would also be a good choice. If you find some RE-33 please let me know. I talked to them at the SHOT show about it and they said they would contact me when they were ready to ship.
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    The JRS is 2.164" to the shoulder, 2.267" to the neck and the shoulder diameter is .456". Magpro powder was doing very well over the weekend with a 162 Amax. I think this cartridge in a 6.5 would be very close to yours. If he is considering a long action yours would also be a good choice. If you find some RE-33 please let me know. I talked to them at the SHOT show about it and they said they would contact me when they were ready to ship.
    I have asked for info from them on the RL33 and can't get a response but I'll let you know when I do. The JRS is about what I thought. It has a little longer body and mine is a little fatter body and a little longer neck. Ballistically, probably a draw as is the Gibbs.....Rich
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    Go with a 6.5 Creedmoor,any short action works,ammo from Hornady is great,easy to handload for. It's a sweet shooter!
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    Re: Suggestions for lightweight 6.5 hunting rifle

    I just bought a rifle built in the 80's as a sheep rifle. It's a 700 rem SA in a MPI stock w/ a 26" #1 Kreiger barrel chambered in a wildcat 7mm/6.5 Rem mag. I shot it over the weekend and it shot a .274" group at 100 yds. It weighs 7.8 # w/ a Swarorski scope. If the stock is changed to a HS Precision Lightweight another 8 oz could be removed. Not a 6.5 but is on a 6.5 case and it holds 3 rounds in the magazine. Loads were provided that were 120 gr bullet at 3400 fps, I believe it is a hot load.
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    Hello Fred,

    30 years ago when I built such a rifle I used the Remington 6.5 Magnum, which is pretty obsolete now as to locating brass, reamers etc. Much better choices today would either be the 6.5 x 284 or the .260 Remington. Just completed a long range class at Whittington; we had a factory .260 rifle amongst the various cailbers in class. I must admit I was surprised as how well the .260 did and I had a a custom 6.5 x 284. After 2 days of nearly continuous shooting and nearly 200 rounds expended, you will like the "user friendly" smaller calibers and find you truly give away little to much larger 30 and 338 caliber cartridges, plus you do NOT have to use ice on your shoulder at the end of the day!

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