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6.5-06, or 6.5-284

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Unread 02-16-2010, 10:10 PM
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Is that close to Unionbridge Maryland?
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Trueblue, Thanks again for yuor input. So far it makes sense ti go with the 6.5-06. brass and case forming is no problem, and lots of GOOD brass avail. ie;Norma, lapua, etc. What do you think about throating considerations? I don't know if the set up on the reamer is standardized or should I add additional throat to seat bullet out touch or be closer to leade! Just for kicks, what do you think of the 6.5 remington mag? Or what about a 6.5 saum?Huum!
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Don't worry about the bolt face on your various actions. A good smith can work them over to the appropriate size for whatever cartridge you ultimately settle on.

Recently I started a 6.5 build. I had a short action to work with so I chose the 260rem. Part of my decision was barrel life.

Given the choice between 6.5-06 or 6.5x284, that's a tough choice. I would probably learn more towards the 06. Pushing 140grain VLDs at 3200 would be awesome!

Let me ask one question though....why 26" barrel? both the '06 and 6.5x284 would both benefit from a longer barrel. Heck, my 260 will have a 28" tube. A buddy of mine has a 6x284 with 31" tube. So unless you have some specific use that makes sense for the 26" barrel, I would encourage you to consider a longer barrel.
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

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Is that close to Unionbridge Maryland?
I don't beleive so. My home town is on the eastern shore near oceancity, where the whitetail roam!
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

Thats why it sounds fimilar Oceancity I worked in unionbridge for 2 years.
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Don't worry about the bolt face on your various actions. A good smith can work them over to the appropriate size for whatever cartridge you ultimately settle on.

Recently I started a 6.5 build. I had a short action to work with so I chose the 260rem. Part of my decision was barrel life.

Given the choice between 6.5-06 or 6.5x284, that's a tough choice. I would probably learn more towards the 06. Pushing 140grain VLDs at 3200 would be awesome!

Let me ask one question though....why 26" barrel? both the '06 and 6.5x284 would both benefit from a longer barrel. Heck, my 260 will have a 28" tube. A buddy of mine has a 6x284 with 31" tube. So unless you have some specific use that makes sense for the 26" barrel, I would encourage you to consider a longer barrel.
I think you are on to something there. I could get a LONGER barrel, and that is a good idea. 28 does sound good for all things considered. What about throating? any thoughts? P/S, savage is putting 28 in barrels on there target rifles now.I have even heard of 30 in, barrels as well. I think 28 to 28.5 is the deal. That is some real food for thought. Thanks for the thought!Aim small. miss small
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Re: 6.5-06, or 6.5-284

As far as the magnum bolt head, if it is anything modern that can be easily changed. I don't know what action you are talking about but I am sure it wouldn't be too much of big deal to change it to what ever you wanted.

In regards to the "barrel burners". I am basing my opinions on comments by those who shoot competition. One guy that I personally talked to out of Colorado Springs was shooting a 4" group at a 1000 yrds with a 6.5x284 and wasn't happy with it yet. He wanted to close it up. So that caliber of shooter is going to notice a change in barrel faster than your average shooter, like myself. However, what's good for the goose is good for the gander...so to speak. If another guy who is also a competition shooter is shooting a marginally slower 6.5 like the Lapua and says that he has 4000 down a tube with no noticeable effects, then a shooter, like myself and my kids to come, will never see a degradation in the barrel.

So, the average shooter will 1) never put enough rounds through the barrel to really cause it harm and 2) will not notice the change even if he does.

As far as the 260 vs. Lapua on 140 gr bullets. Both are so close together in terms of velocity that neither has the advantage. The Lapua however, has a smaller case capacity and is capable of holding higher chamber pressures. Which translates to more efficient use of powder. Both will and have shot 142 gr bullets with good success. You just need a tighter twist like a 1:8.

All things being equal, I would rather have the 6.5x47 Lapua for the SA and 6.5-06 for the long action and the AI regains whatever is lost by not going with the 6.5x284.
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