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257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

 
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:26 PM
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257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

I'm trying to compare them for accuracy and barrel life. I realize the 6.5's have better bullet selection, but I thought I read somewhere that Berger was going to be making a better long range bullet for the 25. Main purpose of the rifle would be punching paper, but I would like to do some long range hunting in the next 4-5 years. From what I gather the 6.5-06 and 6.5x284 are about the same as far as ballistics go.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:40 PM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

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I'm trying to compare them for accuracy and barrel life. I realize the 6.5's have better bullet selection, but I thought I read somewhere that Berger was going to be making a better long range bullet for the 25. Main purpose of the rifle would be punching paper, but I would like to do some long range hunting in the next 4-5 years. From what I gather the 6.5-06 and 6.5x284 are about the same as far as ballistics go.
They're not going to be making a heavier LR .257 bullet anytime soon. I've been begging them for a while now for some 130gr Hybrid .257 bullets.

I love my .257 Wby. It's an awesome caliber, especially with the 110 Accubonds or Berger 115 VLD's.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:51 PM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

I have both a 257 weatherby and a 6.5-284...for what your saying I would go with the 6.5x284
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:55 AM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

The 257 has a much flatter trajectory. If you do any walk around hunting this can pay off handsomely as you won't have to think about holdover, stadia or turret twisting when shooting out to 400 yds or so. Naturally that depends on POI at 100.

My 257 with a 28" 3 groove and moly coated 110 accubonds at 3735 fps with RL-33. 1.6" at 100 is 6.7" low at 400 yds (4000 ft) No 6.5-06 or 6.5-284 is going to touch it. Only drawback is 10.4" of drift at 500 yds in a 10 mph crosswind. The 140 hybrid at 2900 beats it by around 1"less drift.

If the 115 VLD is compared to the highest BC 6.5 berger the 257 and 6.5-284 or 6.5-06 have very similar drift.

I'd go for the 257 Weatherby.
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:04 AM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

I'm 257 all the way! I have a little older Vanguard in 25-06. Great gun, I won't take anything away from it! It shoots fast, flat and hits hard!

But my custom 257 just has a little more behind it!

Yes I know I'm comparing a stock Vanguard to a custom but caliber vs caliber the 257 is a little faster and flatter!


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Old 12-11-2013, 09:21 AM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

Interesting comparisons at point blank range. 257 is fast for sure.

For LR between the two but that little pill is going to die out more quickly. I guess it depends on what you consider LR.

At 1000 w/140 vld at 2940 fps, from a 24" barrel or let's use apples to apples a 28" at 3025 fps vs a 110 at 3735.

257
Elevation 16.9 MOA
Wind 6.3
1756 fps
753 ft lbs

6.5
Elevatin 21.3 MOA
wind 4.5 MOA
1797 fps
1003 ft lbs
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:28 AM
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Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 6.5-06 vs. 6.5x284

I wouldn't hesistate to use the .257's inside of 500 yards for whitetails. But if it's farther away than that, I have other medicine for it (7mmRM's and 7mm STW).
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