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Old 06-17-2012, 12:19 PM
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My vote is for the 6.5X47L. Very impressive little cartridge. Will push 3000fps with 130g bullets.

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I'd make sure whatever you build can push 140 grain bullets at 3000-3200 and better yet 162 grains at 3000. Elk at a far are pretty tough to track and disassemble back to the truck. Any caliber where Lapua makes brass would be desirable too.
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I'd make sure whatever you build can push 140 grain bullets at 3000-3200 and better yet 162 grains at 3000. Elk at a far are pretty tough to track and disassemble back to the truck. Any caliber where Lapua makes brass would be desirable too.
Who is making 162gr 6.5mm bullets and what load data is there for them?
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Derek...the 6.5 Sherman is a cartridge that I created a few years back when I shot the barrel out of my 6.5 A.I. Since I was building a wildcat anyway, I decided to improve on the A.I. (IMO) I used a .270 case to take advantage of the length to gain case capacity without sacrificing the neck length too much. I blew more taper out of the case and moved the shoulder farther forward. The result was a case that holds almost as much powder as the WSM and still has a .300" neck.I can reach 3200+ with 140's in a 26" barrel but accuracy and case life are good at 3150'. This cartridge will equal or beat a factory loading of the .264 mag with far less powder. It is very accurate and deadly at some pretty hefty ranges......Rich
Wow ok cool! Who do I find to build me one? Are you willing to send me the reamer specs? Have you found any feeding issues with this caliber? I've heard of some hunters having trouble feeding the 280AI in a repeater.
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Wow ok cool! Who do I find to build me one? Are you willing to send me the reamer specs? Have you found any feeding issues with this caliber? I've heard of some hunters having trouble feeding the 280AI in a repeater.
Derek.....I have the reamer that you could use for a small fee and I would be willing to send the specs for you to look at. I have never had any feeding issues with either my 6.5 or 300 Sherman cartridges which are identical. A friend of mine has a 280 Sherman and he has none either. You could also ask cmantha or bigngreen, both forum members, as Cliff has a 6.5 on a model 70. As far as building one goes, If I were you, I would just find a reputable smith that you want to use and I could ship him the reamer. You can pm me if you like to get a phone # if you want to call......Rich
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Derek.....I have the reamer that you could use for a small fee and I would be willing to send the specs for you to look at. I have never had any feeding issues with either my 6.5 or 300 Sherman cartridges which are identical. A friend of mine has a 280 Sherman and he has none either. You could also ask cmantha or bigngreen, both forum members, as Cliff has a 6.5 on a model 70. As far as building one goes, If I were you, I would just find a reputable smith that you want to use and I could ship him the reamer. You can pm me if you like to get a phone # if you want to call......Rich
Will you please explain to me the difference in a 6.5 Sherman and a 6.5-06?

And a 280 Sherman v. a 280 AI?

Thanks for the offer on borrowing the reamer. I would want it shipped to Dave Bruno in Dayton, PA.

I will PM you for specs. You can email me. Thanks!
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Will you please explain to me the difference in a 6.5 Sherman and a 6.5-06?

And a 280 Sherman v. a 280 AI?

Thanks for the offer on borrowing the reamer. I would want it shipped to Dave Bruno in Dayton, PA.

I will PM you for specs. You can email me. Thanks!
THE 6.5 Sherman is a greatly modified .270 or 280 case which holds approx. 11% more powder than a std. 6.5 '06. The .280 Sherman is similar to .280 A.I. as they both share the same parent case but the Sherman has less body taper and the shoulder (40 degree) is moved forward farther than the A.I. so of course the case capacity is greater but it still has a good neck (approx. .310")........Rich
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