6.5/.284, 7 SAUM? mid range/mid weight rifle?
I'd like to put a rifle together that weights around or under 10lbs, 24" scoped, 24" barrel for shooting (and hunting) in the 300 - 700 yard bracket.
I have been yearning for a 6.5/.284 for a few years now, but now looking at it, there doesn't seem to be much I can't do with my 7mm-08 that I could do with the 6.5/.284 - other than the high BC 140gn bullets carrying energy better downrange and an extra 100fps or so. This edge is marginal, though tantalizing.
Now, I am a little limited by laws here as to what I can do with a "custom" rifle, so I don't have a lot of choices.
So I've been thinking about the 7 Saum cartride, it has a similar trajectory with a 160gn bullet as the 6.5/.284 with the 140gn.
This cartridge just doesn't have the appeal of the 6.5/.284 somehow, even though it may hit harder and fly flatter.
Is my logic flawed here?
I want something that is fairly light recoiling, light weight enough to carry in the mountains, without being an ultralight and does the job better than the 7mm-08 (which is my ultrlight 6.4lb rifle, scoped & loaded) out past 300.
Last edited by EXPRESS; 12-20-2007 at 04:01 PM.