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6.5-06 future build

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Unread 10-16-2012, 09:25 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 future build

I have two 6.5-06 rifles based on Remington 700 actions now. One is a tactical setup, the other is a sporter. I actually turned my 30-06 into the 6.5-06 sporter. I no longer will shoot a 308. The 6.5-06 can do anything.

Right now I'm pushing 142grain SMKs and 140grain Nosler Accubonds at 3050fps. That enough to take an elk at 500 yards is you use 1500ft/lbs as a min.


AR's for coyotes
25-06 M70 for coyotes
6.5-06 Remington Custom w/Leupold Mark IV 6.5-20 tactical setup
AR10 for mule deer
6.5-06 M700 for mule deer
338 Lapua Mag M700 for elk
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    Unread 10-16-2012, 09:44 PM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    jlamb what barrel length you using to get over 3K?
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    Unread 10-16-2012, 10:24 PM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    I can't think of any 6.5 that isn't hard on barrels, so keep that in the back of your mind while planning on your new toy.

    I went with the 6.5-284 Norma myself knowing I will likely be replacing the barrel. Don't want to set it back as it is only 24" long now.

    Looking at your list, I'd go with either a 270, 280, or 280AI over the 6.5-06, which, BTW, is a great caliber too.

    You want some "wow" factor, look at the 270 Sherman.
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    Unread 10-16-2012, 11:15 PM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    I have the AI version. I am really liking it. It has a 10" twist tho, so I can't shoot heavies. It really likes 100btips at 3500fps, and my go-to load is 123Amax with Hunter and a mag primer at about 3200fps. It is a 28" med. weight barrel that I like a lot. I use 25-06 brass and fire-form with bullets seated in the rifling with almost no loss. I did find that the Win. brass does not last as long as the Rem I use now, with primers pockets getting loose after about 4 firings. With an 8" twist, you could shoot 140s with no problems.
    If you are not wanting a barrel-burner, I would go with a 6.5x55 Swede. It will work well in a long action, shoot most bullets well, and the barrel will last a long time. If you like, you can still AI it also.
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    Unread 10-17-2012, 12:16 PM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    I built one on a sako 75 action. If you use 25-05 brass you don't need to trim it right away and new brass run through my 6.5-06 die shoots the same as once fired brass. It has a 24 inch 8.5 twist barrel. I did a lot of research and it seems that h1000 is the best powder for speed and low velocity spreads. 57.7 grains gives me 2970 Fps with less than 20 fps spread with 140 bergers. It hammers deer at 600 too. The bc is very close the 7mm 168 Berger with less recoil. What's not to like.
    I had a 264win mag sendero and was like 10 grains higher in powder charge and i got 3150 fps but I couldn't figure out how to get the es low enough for long range shooting. Maybe it was because it was a factory rifle, I'm not sure. If I was looking for something faster in the future I'd probably get a custom reamer for the 264 win mag or do more research on the 6.5 Sherman. I'm not a big fan of fire forming though.
    The 6.5-06 ackley doesn't give you that much more velocity but does cut down on case trimming. I think that's all you really gain out of the ackley as there is really still lots of case volume left for powder in the regular 6.5-06.
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    Unread 10-18-2012, 12:58 AM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    I have a 6-06 that is used for PD's, Coyotes, Deer & Antelope. it will shoot a 70gr NBT @ 4100FPS and a 95gr VLD at 3500. Makes clean kills out to 800 yards on Antelope. Very little recoil with the mini break

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    Unread 10-18-2012, 01:02 AM
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    Re: 6.5-06 future build

    Friends daughter with a WY doe shot at just over 700 yards with a 85gr SPBT. I always have a hard time getting my rifle back from her because she loves the that it has no recoil.


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