Originally Posted by bellboy
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.
In my Finnlight 300 WSM, which is a long throated bore... if I seat 180 E-Tips to the lands they are about .14" too long to fit the mag. There is no 6.5 E-Tip yet but i'm guessing the 6.5 120 TTSX is going to be about .2" shorter than the 30 cal 180 E-Tip which leads me to believe there should be room to seat the 6.5 mono's close to the lands in a med to long throated bore in a 284 chamber and still load them in the mag. The thing to do would be to find out the legnth of the 120 TTSX's and go from there. The 180 E-Tips are 1.464" long.
I think the 6.5 WSM would be a great cartridge but it is a wildcat and dies are gonna be more spendy. Lapua brass is available for the 6.5 284.
I'm not an expert, but it seems to me the short action should work fine.