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Old 05-20-2013, 10:57 PM
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Which 6.5 ?

Guys I need your help please. I am in the market for a 6.5 to coexists with my 300wm. I am looking for either 6.5x284 or a 6.5 creedmore or a 260rem. I am looking at a savage predator and placing it in a mcree chassis . I want to shoot steal as far as a can with this cartridge. Which one would you chose and why?

Darrin
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:30 PM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

Hate to be that guy, but have you tried the search function? Seems like this same thread is started twice a week. With that being said, I have a 300wm and I've had both the 6.5-284 and a 260. I'd only do the 6.5-284 in a long action and the 260 with the 140 Bergers is probably better suited to a long action as well. I shoot the 123 AMax's in my 260 but it's more of my truck gun for coyotes etc. The 6.5-284 is very accurate as well and will push the heavier bullets faster giving you more range but you'll be sacrificing barrel life. Can't speak to the Creedmore as I've never owned one. Love my 260 but will be adding a 6.5-284 back into the rack as well. Heck buy them all and report back which one works best and sell the two that didn't fit the bill. LOL!!
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:55 PM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

I just ordered some 123 A-Max for coyotes, rifles not here yet (6.5 284). How are they working on coyotes for you.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:46 AM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

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Guys I need your help please. I am in the market for a 6.5 to coexists with my 300wm. I am looking for either 6.5x284 or a 6.5 creedmore or a 260rem. I am looking at a savage predator and placing it in a mcree chassis . I want to shoot steal as far as a can with this cartridge. Which one would you chose and why?

Darrin
Darrin, i had a 6.5x284 and rebarreled to .260 after only firing 780 rounds through it. The 6.5x284 is a great round but it will not last long if you shoot it much. It is a notorious barrel burner for sure. The .260 will last much longer if you do not try to match speeds of the 6.5x284. I had a 30" barrel installed and it gives very good accuracy and speed also. You may also want to look at the 6.5x55 Swede. It too is a great round and it is also very accurate. If you only want to get high velocity,by all means go with the 6.5x284 you will love it but the love affair wont last long as the throat will go out on you and a barrel change will be in order for you to get accuracy back from the rifle. Whatever you choose i wish you the best. ... SEMPER FI!
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:34 AM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

The Savage Predator does not come chambered in any of the cartridges you mentioned. The 111 Trophy Hunter XP, however, is available in all three chamberings. If you want to shoot factory ammo, go Creedmoor. If you are going to handload, the .260 or 6.5-284 are the way to go. Lapua makes brass for both cartridges. It's worth the money, IMO. Of the two, I would go with the .260. I say that because my favorite 6.5 is the 6.5x55 and the .260 is pretty much the short action equivalent.

I have rifles in 6.5x55, 6.5-284, and .264WM. I really like the 6.5x55. It is probably my favorite of the three. It's mild mannered, teriffically accurate, easy to load for, and all the top quality components are available for it. Mine is built on a Zastava 98 pattern commercial mauser. The old Swede belongs in this rifle and shows it by the way it performs.

My 6.5-284 shoots well, but I am kind of underwhelmed by it. I am still trying different loads with it, but so far, I have to really push pressures to get it to perform to a level where it offers any advantage over the 6.5x55. I have been loading with H4831 and intend to step up to Retumbo in hopes that the cartridge will come alive.

My .264WM spanks my 6.5-284 in every way. You are going to pay a price in barrel life with either cartridge. If you want to go for something above the performance level of the Creedmoor/.260/6.5x55, I say go high or go home. I much prefer .264WM over 6.5-284!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:27 AM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

In a hunting rifle I would go with the 6.5-284. Deadly on med game out to 1000 yards. For shooting rocks, targets and game out to 600-700 yards, a 260 or CM. The Predator is an exceptional shooter in 6.5-284. At least the ones I've shot. IMHO
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:35 AM
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Re: Which 6.5 ?

Thank you all for the replys. I am not looking for high speed. I really do not want to rebarrel my barrel after 1000 rds. Sargesniper what kind of velocity are you achieving with a 30 in barrel in your 260.
Bebchracer I am looking at the predator max 10 or 110. These three chamberings are offered in this rifle. I like the heavier profile barrel of the max 10 or 110 over the other offerings.
Greyfox do you shoot the 140 bergers? Did you change the stock or is it the factory accustock?

Darrin

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