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6.5-06, or 6.5-284

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6.5-06, or 6.5-284

I have been considering a 6.5 build. I have at my disposal a short action mag action, and a long action non magnum action. I was considering a 6.5-06 in a 1in 9 twist x 26 hart barrel. my intentions are to utilize the high BC 140 gr berger vld bullets and make a long range rifle for target work and beanfield work as well. On the other hand, I also thought of the 6.5-284. Or using the short actin mag, was considering a bullet that is for no good reason obsolete, the 6.5 Remington Mag. What happened to that bullet? Accuracy , and most importantlly, INHERENT accuracy are my pet peaves. Using one of those two actions, what would some of the Big Guns think would be my best choices or options? I am aware that there is a 6.5 wsm in the wssm configuration. Any thought on that one? thanks again! This is a awesome website! Incredible feedback and Sponsors. Many Thanks. 7STW
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

I would take the LA Standard bolt face action and go with a 6.5-06AI. get yourself a 26" 1:8 twist barrel for the 140gr Berger. Should get about 3200fps with Retumbo in that setup. Use 270 WIN brass and neck it down and start shooting.
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Trueblue, thanks for the shoutback. The combo that you gave was one that I've considered. It sounds as though you have experince,care to share some? If so what potential do I have. This will also be a fun gun also. So recoil will be a factor!
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

I have been doing a lot of reading about this very subject. I have not looked into the long actions that much as I don't have a long action to build off of. I think the 6.5-06 would be a really fun build. I was told that if you can find 25-06 once fired brass you don't even have to re-size before you reload. The 25-06 will expand to what the 6.5 will need to be seated in. I think that either the 6.5-06 or the 6.5x284 will be really hard on barrels. However, both would be really good for long range work. The 6.5x284 seems to have the edge for some reason in the target shooters world.

Another option for your long action would be the 6.5x55 Swede. It's tried and true and has been shooting things as large as moose in Europe for decades.

Now, on to your short action. Your choices are 260 Rem, or 6.5x47 Lapua. And both have won matches. The 6.5x47 Lapua, again, seems to have the blessing of target shooters. Here is a great read on 6.5 short action cartridges.

6.5mm Shootout: .260 Remington vs. 6.5x47 Lapua vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Good luck on your build. I am waffling between the 260 Rem or the 6.5x47 Lapua. I have chosen to go short action rather than long simply because the velocities out of long action or larger cases seem to put the bullet up into the "barrel burner" category. I have heard of 6.5x284's having barrels shot out in 1000 to 1500 rounds.
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

I recomended the 6.5-06 AI w/ 140 BERGER @ 3100-3200 because it will have the energy to take elk size game to 7-800 yards.
Not sure if you need that. If not don't AI it. I do not have this caliber, but have run the #'s against the 264 WIN, and they are very similar. If I were reloading for this caliber, I would use 270 WIN brass and neck it down then trim to chamber length, and take advantage of the longer neck of the 270 brass.
As far as your short action you were given good choice with the 260 Rem and the 140 gr bullet. I dont think the 6.5x47 Lapua is the way you want to go with the 140's.
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

. I think that either the 6.5-06 or the 6.5x284 will be really hard on barrels. However, both would be really good for long range work. The 6.5x284 seems to have the edge for some reason in the target shooters world.

I have read so many times that bach in the day of the 264 win. mag, barrels were not up to the standards of today, and also, I am aware of the cleaning anf not to OVERHEAT it as well. For some reason the 6.5 has a bad rap for that and I can not figure why. On another note, the short action that I have is a MAGNUM bolt face. So that one would have to be of a mag type round. Thanks for the input.
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Sorry, didn't catch that on the SA mag.
As far as a barrel burner, i have a friend that has a 6.5-06AI with 1800 rounds on it still going strong. You are going to pay for performance, no doubt about it. Personally, I dont let that be the determining factor in a caliber I chose.
It is concidered, but not given undo weighting in the dicision process.
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