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6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

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Unread 02-15-2011, 11:28 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

So I spoke to a local gunsmith in depth about a 1000 yard gun. Without any solicitation he offered up the 6.5-06 as a solution over the 308 due to the high BC's of the 6.5 bullets. Moreover he said that the 6.5x284 was ballistically the equivelent of the 6.5-06 but had magazine feeding issues where the 6.5-06 did not.

I asked about the 6.5 Creedmore and he pointed out that the 6.5mm/140 grain bullets have a sweet spot at 3,000 feet per second (muzzle velocity) and the 6.5 Creedmore couldn't reach it where the 6.5-06 is perfect. I'm going to have him build a M40 clone but in the 6.5.

Has anybody else heard about the sweet spot at 3000 fps? I know if varies w/caliber and weight. I ran this through Ballistic FTE and it makes a ton of sense.

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Unread 02-15-2011, 11:53 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

Iam no expert but I own both the 6.5-06imp. is a better hunting gun for myself.I perfer it.
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Unread 02-25-2011, 11:25 AM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

My 6.5-06 shoots best at 2950fps using 140 A-max and H4831sc.Shoots in the low.3's. Hope this helps.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 06:13 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

There is not a dimes worth of difference in the field, and although the 6.5-284 is noted for superior accuracy when the two are compared, I think rifle difference is a greater variable. I currently have a 6.5-06 and have owned two 6.5-284's, and so far the 6.5-06 has been more accurate without the pressure spikes I encountered with the '84. My 6.5-284's have never achieved velocities often quoted for them. I had one on an action with a 3.125 magazine length and the other on a Rem 700 SA. Next time I am going to go with a M#700 LA.

Either of these cartridges is a great choice for a new toy. I would definitely use Lapua brass for the 6.5-284. The W/W brass I used was pure hell to develop loads for. Take what James said and put it in the bank.

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Unread 03-06-2011, 06:22 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

I have the 6.5-06 AI and it is a very nice long range deer/antelope rifle. It shoots very close to the 264 winchester which I also have along with the 264 STW. The 130 grain swift scirroco makes these very nice long range killers. It is a quality hunting bullet with a very high BC.
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Unread 03-07-2011, 01:06 AM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

I have tested the 140 A-MAX on 1 antelope @319yds and 2 mule deer. Both deer shot at 325-380yds.1and done. The 6.5-06 is a wonderful cartridge in my humble opinion and also very easily and cheaply made! The only downfall is barrel life that is common to putting large amounts of powder down a small diameter bore. I had mine set back after 1100 rounds when the groups opened up to .75 at 100yds and she went back to shooting! If you decide to go with the 6.5-06 instead of the 6.5x284 you will have too make your brass.Lapua makes exellent 6.5x284 brass that you can buy,load,and shoot.On the other hand winchester 25-06 brass is cheap and can be reformed into 6.5-06 in one step in a full length size die.You can also make them out of 30-06 if you like extra work.Hope this helps!
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Unread 03-07-2011, 03:16 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 6.5x284

James nailed it.

I'm partial to the 6.5x284.

But, if you go with the '06 and want good 25-06 brass to neck down, try Norma.

If I wanted the option of using more readily available factory ammo, I'd go with the 264 Win Mag.


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