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Which 6.5?

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Unread 11-23-2010, 08:38 PM
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Which 6.5?

Going to jump on the 6.5 bandwagon with a new barrel for a Savage 111 long action now chambered in .270 Win. I want a 24-25" or so medium to heavy sporter SS barrel for deer (not elk) or long range varmints. Looking for pretty good performance without going too crazy. Barrel life is absolutely no factor to me. 140gr Berger VLDs is my first choice for bullets, so I'm thinking a 1-8" twist.
These are my main choices,
6.5-.284 Norma
6.5-06
6.5-06 AI
6.5 Rem mag
6.5 WSM

I don't really want a .264 Win mag since I have a 7mm Rem mag already.
A few issues I have are,

Is the 6.5 WSM worth the extra fire and brimstone?
Will I be able to seat the long VLD far enough out in the 06s'?
Any feeding issues with the .284, 6.5 Rem, or the WSM?
Will the 6.5-06 AI out perform the 6.5-.284?
Which caliber should I get?

Thanks for your opinions.
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    Unread 11-23-2010, 10:08 PM
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    Re: Which 6.5?

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    Going to jump on the 6.5 bandwagon with a new barrel for a Savage 111 long action now chambered in .270 Win. I want a 24-25" or so medium to heavy sporter SS barrel for deer (not elk) or long range varmints. Looking for pretty good performance without going too crazy. Barrel life is absolutely no factor to me. 140gr Berger VLDs is my first choice for bullets, so I'm thinking a 1-8" twist.
    These are my main choices,
    6.5-.284 Norma
    6.5-06
    6.5-06 AI
    6.5 Rem mag
    6.5 WSM

    I don't really want a .264 Win mag since I have a 7mm Rem mag already.
    A few issues I have are,

    Is the 6.5 WSM worth the extra fire and brimstone?
    Will I be able to seat the long VLD far enough out in the 06s'?
    Any feeding issues with the .284, 6.5 Rem, or the WSM?
    Will the 6.5-06 AI out perform the 6.5-.284?
    Which caliber should I get?

    Thanks for your opinions.
    I decided on the 6.5x284. No messing with brass or fireforming and Lapua makes the best brass ready to go. Proven accurate to 1000 yards, myriad of load data available. lots of room in the long action to seat the VLD's out where they should be.

    You hear about 1000 round barrel life, but this is when guys shoot strings of 20 in competition. Really I don't think any of the others would be too barrel friendly either, with exception of the .260, but then it is over 200 fps slower.
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    Unread 11-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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    Re: Which 6.5?

    6.5x284 for me too. Lapua and Norma brass, 140 VLD. When I get the chance, will start test loads with Magnum powder.
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    Unread 11-23-2010, 10:48 PM
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    Re: Which 6.5?

    6.5x284 for the same reasons posted above. I shoot 140gr Horn. SSTs in my rifle and use up all the mag length, it's a long action. Funny looking round, looks like a pencil shoved in the end of the case. The question you bring up about the '06 cases is valid, it all depends on how the rifle is chambered and if you want to load as a single shot.
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    Unread 11-23-2010, 11:44 PM
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    Re: Which 6.5?

    Take a look at the 260 and 260rogue. Good barrel life and you don't give up much to the 6.5X284. If I remember correctly lapua is making 308 brass with a small primer pocket that seems to be working rather well necked down to a 260. Don't really know to much about it yet since I have about five more months to wait for mine. I don't want to start to early or else the wait gets to be rather cruel.



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    Re: Which 6.5?

    I'm gonna buck the trend and throw another option on the table. 6.5x55BJAI. Same advantage of having available Lapua and Norma brass except for the fire forming process, gets you right in the same velocity range as the 284 w/o the feeding issues.
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    Unread 11-24-2010, 09:48 AM
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    Re: Which 6.5?

    I think I would choose the 6.5x284 if I was going 6.5. I think for the build I'm working on now I'm going with the straight .284 shooting either 168 or 180 vlds, or 175g smk's. From what I'm reading the .284 can throw the 180's at near 2,950-3,000 fps with the right load and length with better barrel life.

    Am I wrong on this? I have a thing for 6.5's...should I stick with the 6.5x284?
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