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6.5-284 in a sa?

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Old 02-11-2010, 01:57 AM
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6.5-284 in a sa?

I have a left-handed Browning a-bolt chambered in .325 wsm and its a little too much recoil for me to shoot comfortably in the sporter weight. I have been reading about 6.5-284 Norma. It seems like a good balance between light recoil and long range deer capabilities. I would most-likely be shooting the barnes bullets because of the lead restriction in CA. Could I get away with that in the short action. It would be really convenient for me. If that would work then my next hurdle would be to find a left-handed stock. I also have a left-handed saveage LA , but I would rather save that for a 7 stw. If you've got any input that would be great.

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Old 02-11-2010, 07:42 AM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?

A long action is required to take advantage of the full potential of the 6.5-284.
What about a 6.5 WSM?
In a short action you would be limited to cartridges like the 6.5 WSM, 260, 260 Ackley Improved, and 6.5x47 Lapua.

If you are planning to rebarrel your A-Bolt, then the 6.5 WSM would make alot of sence because of the bolt face, but only if the mag lenght allows to load the 140's.

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Old 02-11-2010, 01:10 PM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?


Why do you say the LA is required to get the full potential out of the 6.5 284? I'm not disputing, just asking the question to get educated. The .284 case is only .070 longer than the WSM.


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Old 02-11-2010, 06:13 PM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?

I think its because you have to seat those high b.c. bullets out so far to get them to perform, you would have loading problems. But like I said I would be shooting barnes bullets, I didn't check to see if the lengths were that much different for the say berger or the other popular long range bullets. I know guys have done it in a short action but I am new to custom rifles so I'm not a viable source. That's why I was asking. I don't want build a gun that is designed to shoot lead bullets for the once a year hunt i do out of state. I want it to be my all-around gun that I grab to go shoot squirrels, coyotes, or deer or for trying to shoot steel at 1000 yds.
I'm not opposed to the 6.5 wsm I just have read a lot of good things about the 6.5-284 Norma. If the wsm is only .07 shorter then maybe I could pull it off with the barned or e-tips (if they come out with a 6.5mm).

Thanx for the input, any more would be apreciated.

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Old 02-11-2010, 07:17 PM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?

Referring to the 6.5 WSM, I have a Browning SA in 7mm SAUM. Same kinda thing.
The Barns TSX like to jump. Mine like to jump 0.035" . So, these are the only accurate loads that will fit in the Browning magazine. All of the other loads that the rifle likes are a little too long (Burger VLD ) or a lot too long
( Hornady SST)
Just some food for thought.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:28 PM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?

ok that's good to know. The only thing is I don't know what "likes to jump" means . I'm sure its something to do with accuracy. Like i said I'm new. I'm used to matching the caliber that's printed on the barrel to what's printed on the box of ammo and goin for it. I really want to learn all of this stuff and get consistant at long range.

My LA savage is chamber in .243 win, is that the same bolt face as the 284 Norma case? My porblem is I'm lacking the knowledge and funds to get this project rolling. So I want to use a gun that I have on hand to use as a donor, So I can get a barrel on it and start from there.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:45 PM
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Re: 6.5-284 in a sa?

Likes to jump means the bullet will not provide the best accuracy when loaded out next to or into the lands.
If you load Nosler AB's or Hornady SST's they will like to be very long so that the chambered bullet is almost touching the lands. These will probably not fit in your magazine.

I cannot tell you what profile the Savage barrel resembles. It's been years since I held one in my hands.
The #4 Douglas profile from McGowan very closely resembles a Browning Stalker profile and fills the barrel groove in the stock very nicely with no gaps.
Some enlarging of that barrel groove will be necessary but not much.
That 26" barrel weighs 3 lb 7 oz. Factory 23" barrel is 2 lb 8 oz.

This barrel did not want to fill the barrel groove in the B&C stock that my 7mm Rem Mag wears. If I had used this barrel on my Remmy, a gap about 3 " long would have been visible near the shoulder on each side of the barrel.

So what I'm trying to say is a 6.5 WSM in a #4 Douglas profile is a good choice for your Browning SA with a Magnum bolt face.

Good Shooting.


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